“Fat Harold’s” Beach Club is a legendary “Home Club” of the Shag Dance & Beach music of the Grand Strand in N. Myrtle Beach, SC! It has a history dating from the 1950’s and won “Best Beach Music Club” for 13 years before It’s owner, “Fat Harold” Bessent graciously declined any future nomination. Harold Bessent became known locally as “The King Of Shag” due to his enthusiastic, energetic, and consistent support of the Shag Dance. The popularity of Beach Music and Shag Dancing is always honored in “Fat Harold’s Beach Club” at 212 Main Street in N. Myrtle Beach! Harold was instrumental in keeping”The Shag” alive by helping it to be officially recognized as South Carolina’s State Dance. It is also considered The State Dance in North Carolina! He attended Shag clubs & events…Near and Far to promote “The Shag”! Harold was also one of the first to say “Bring It On” when SOS (Society of Shaggers) was born! He had Shag events for adults and was instrumental, with the suggestion of friends, in the birth of “The Junior Shaggers”!
Harold Milton Bessent was born in Little River, SC in 1933. Affectionately known to All as “Fat Harold”, the legendary Harold joined “The Shadow Shaggers” on that Golden Dance Floor in Heaven on Friday afternoon, May 22nd, surrounded by Love, after a long illness. As family stated, “He loved Everyone So Much & We LOVED Him to the Moon and Back!”
“Fat Harold’s” Legacy Lives On…As With His Family’s Promise: “Rest in Peace Dear Daddy & Friend. We will carry on your Wishes and Dreams until we take our last breath!”
Fat Harold Day…In North Myrtle Beach
Harold had already received the Key to the City of N. Myrtle Beach by: Mayor Marilyn Hatley. June 13th…Harold’s Birthday, was also declared “Fat Harold Day” to Honor him for his many generous contributions to the community, as well as his commitments to Beach Music and the Shag Dance! He was recognized as a man of many talents…A Wise and Wonderful Business Man who was Generous To A Fault!
Honors and Community Contributions
“Fat Harold” Bessent, Shagging Beach Legend, was a Shriner and a Mason. He was a member of many clubs , as well as a boat captain who loved his Family Above All Else! Though he was a very Fun Loving & Humble Man…He did serve on many boards & received a variety of honors…Both in Music and the Community. They Include:
- The Aflac Palmetto Foundation Award for his generosity for years of service and monetary donations to Camp Kemo. Camp Kemo, in Columbia, is for kids with cancer. Harold has raised millions or them after being devastated by the cancer death of his beloved grandson, “Little David”. He called the children at Camp Kemo “His Kids”as he worked on their behalf. God Bless!
- SOS “ICON” Award
- Inducted into “The Shaggers” Hall of Fame
- Lifetime Achievement Award from the Carolina Beach Music Awards…2014. All Awards give in in the Future will be…“The Fat Harold Bessent Lifetime Achievement Award”
- Numerous Awards at HOTO’s for Best Show Club
- Best Concert Series Award …For many years.
- And the Band Plays On By: Howie Thompson…Variety of Stories of folks honored through music.
- Fat Harold: The Legendary King Of Shag By: Howie Thompson
Celebration of Life For Beloved “Fat Harold” Bessent
Everyone is Invited to Attend to Honor this Great Man. He will be sorely missed by All!
Harold’s Wishes were that instead of flowers, he would like any condolences as donations to be sent to “His Kids” at Camp Kemo to let them Bloom as Long as They Can! Condolences as Donations to Camp Kemo, c/o Fat Harold’s Beach Club, 212 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
A Guest Book is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com
“Fat Harold’s” Legacy of Beach Music & Shag Dance
For All who enjoy hearing Beach Music and like the Shag Dance…Harold Bessent has kept it alive for All…Now and for Years to Come! For those who may be new to Beach Music…Wikipedia defines Beach Music, often known as Carolina Beach Music, as a regional genre which developed from various Rock/R&B/Pop Music in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Beach music is closely associated with the style of swing dance known as The Shag. recordings with a 4/4 “Blues Shuffle” rhythmic structure & moderate to fast tempo are the most popular for Shag Dancing.
Shag lessons are given at “Fat Harold’s” Beach Club every Monday and Tuesday evening at 7pm. I’m sure “Fat Harold” would be pleased that you would be there to enjoy the Shag Dance so Dear to Him…Another Tribute to a Unique Individual! And the Band Plays On @ www.fatharolds.com God Bless Harold Bessent and his Friends and Family…From our community at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ® to Yours…All Around the Grand Strand and Beyond!
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