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  • The Chairmen of the Board, Norman Johnson at center

We heard sad news from the soul music world this week. Songwriter, producer, and bandleader General Norman Johnson — lead singer of the Chairmen of the Board — died on Wed. Oct. 13 at his home in Atlanta at the age of 69.

Johnson had been battling lung cancer. An announcement on his official web page read, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our great friend and hero, General Johnson. He held a special place in his heart for each and every one of his family, friends, and fans. He will be surely missed, but his music will stand.”

The Chairmen of the Board’s first single, a shuffly, brass-accented tune called “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” became a big hit in 1970. They followed in the early ‘70s with “(You’ve Got Me) Dangling on a String” and “Everything’s Tuesday.” Johnson and the band became long-standing beach music faves. Shag dance enthusiasts across the South embraced the song for its easygoing, mid-tempo feel.

The Chairmen of the Board played regularly around the Carolinas through the years. Locally, one of their biggest concerts was at the beach music stage during ChazzFest 2007. Visit generalnormanjohnson.com and chairmenoftheboard.com for more.