Sonny's Pavilion

Sonny's Pavilion (HMI5V)

Location: North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 Horry County
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N 33° 49.667', W 78° 38.589'

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Sonny's Pavilion, built in 1949 by N.F. "Sonny" Nixon, was an open-air pavilion on the Grand Strand. The rhythm & blues of the post-World War II era—later called beach music—was played on jukeboxes at area pavilions where dancers perfected the Shag, named the state dance in 1984. Beach music was named the state popular music in 2001. Nixon bought a small gazebo here and added a jukebox in 1947, then built a large pavilion here in 1949.

Ocean Drive had a strict midnight curfew for its clubs, but Cherry Grove did not, and Sonny's became a favorite of late-night shaggers from midnight to dawn. Sonny's was one of several area pavilions destroyed by Hurricane Hazel in 1954, but Nixon rebuilt it the next year. It remained popular with shaggers and other fans of beach music until it became a family arcade in the 1970s. Sonny's was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
HM NumberHMI5V
Marker Number26-21
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe O.D. Pavilion Social and Shag Club
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 4:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 718111 N 3745559
Decimal Degrees33.82778333, -78.64315000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 49.667', W 78° 38.589'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 49' 40.02" N, 78° 38' 35.34" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2304 N Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach SC 29582, US
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