The Dolphin Club Lounge

The Dolphin Club Lounge (HM266G)

Location: Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Glynn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 1.04', W 81° 25.617'

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Historic St. Andrews Beach

From 1959 to 1966, the Dolphin Club Lounge provided lively entertainment for visitors to the historically black St. Andrews Beach.

Juke joints like this one once stretched across the southeastern United States. On remote Jekyll Island, the Dolphin Club Lounge provided African Americans with their own community gathering place to eat, drink, and socialize during segregation.

This cozy little nightclub offered dining and entertainment options for beach-goers. It featured a lobby, kitchen, public and private dining rooms, dance floor, small stage, bar, and rooftop patio. Remembered by local patrons as a classy nightclub, it showcased many top black entertainers of the era.

A big draw for the popular nightspot was its music. Doo-wop, rhythm & blues, soul, and rock & roll all found a home here, aided by concert promoter Charlie Cross. Crowds packed the lounge to join in the excitement, dancing, and live entertainment.

From the beginning, the Dolphin Club Lounge offered performances by local house bands, like the Swinging Turbans and the Doves. The lounge also attracted an impressive array of famous musicians touring on the Chitlin Circuit, including B.B. King, Clarence Carter, Millie Jackson, and Percy Sledge.

Today, the former Dolphin Club site continues to serve up entertainment

through its 4-H programs.

On the Chitlin Circuit

The Dolphin Club Lounge is largely remembered for the popular music it drew to Jekyll Island, as part of the Chitlin Circuit.

The Chitlin Circuit was a string of black owned nightclubs that flourished primarily in the South, during the time of segregation. These clubs provided safe places for traveling black entertainers to perform for black audiences.

The traveling circuit attracted many legendary musical pioneers, whose performances gave rise to the sounds of rhythm and blues, soul, and rock and roll.

While it lasted, the Chitlin Circuit offered a platform for hundreds of black musicians to play and earn a living.

In its time, the Chitlin Circuit formed an important part of black culture and left behind a tremendous legacy of splendid music for all.
HM NumberHM266G
Year Placed2016
Placed ByJekyll Island Authority
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 459247 N 3431601
Decimal Degrees31.01733333, -81.42695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 1.04', W 81° 25.617'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 1' 2.4" N, 81° 25' 37.02" W
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Area Code(s)912
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 550 S Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island GA 31527, US
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