History of Music on Carver Street
Myrtle Beach’s Carver Street is rich with music history. Influential R&B and jazz icons such as Little Richard, Otis Redding, Billie Holiday and Ray Charles have all performed there. The man responsible for bringing these artists to Carver Street was legendary black club owner Charlie Fitzgerald (second from the right, in the photo).
Mr. Fitzgerald owned and operated “Charlie’s Place,” a supper club, that was a staple on Carver Street in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s on the so-called “Chitlin Circuit.” The Chitlin Circuit was a string of performance venues that were deemed safe for blacks – especially in the South – to perform during segregation.
Since then, a group of community members, historians, and community members have partnered with the City of Myrtle Beach to preserve and revitalize the history of the night club. Today, Charlie’s Place is home to a historical museum as well as business incubator units, giving community members the opportunity to cultivate their entrepreneurial passions. For more information about Charlie’s Place and to schedule a tour, visit https://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/i_want_to/find/charlies_place.php.
Crossroads Event Productions / The Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival have made it a top priority to help preserve the history of Carver Street.
The main objective of the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival is to bring more culture to Myrtle Beach, the Grand Strand and surrounding areas. Entertainment has the uncanny ability to draw all walks of life together. Through creativity and art, we are confident that we will be able to achieve that.