Ernest Evans – nicknamed “Chubby” by his boss at a poultry market – grew up in Philadelphia but was born in Spring Gully, SC. At the age of 11, Chubby formed a street corner harmony group after attending Sugar Chile Robinson + Ernest Tubb concerts. He taught himself how to play piano and sing, and people began to notice his talent throughout his young adulthood. In 1959, he recorded “The Twist”, which was originally deemed mediocre. After advocating for the record he worked so hard on, Chubby saw his song + dance become the No. 1 hit in 1960, and again in 1962. “The Twist” is still a widely popular song + dance to this day.
Eartha was born on a cotton plantation in North, SC in 1927. In her early life, she was rejected by the man her mother chose to live with due to her pale complexion, which eventually led to her move to Harlmen, New York where her pursuit of the arts began. She is widely known for recording holiday hit “Santa Baby” + is the voice actor of Yzma in the movie “The Emperor’s New Groove”.
In 1969, this Batesburg-Leesville native became thefirst Black woman to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Born Thelma Bynem, she grew up singing country music with her South Carolina family who tuned in to Nashville’s WLAC radio. She took on a stage name and formed a trio with her sister + cousin, Linda Martell & the Anglos. As a member of the group, this became the first major step in her musical journey. Nashvillian William “Duke” Rayner noticed her at a gig and offered her a demo deal. Linda eventually signed a management contract in 1969 + produced the hit single “Color Him Father” that led to herGrand Ole Opry debut.
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State ○ South Carolina residents now have until May 15 to register for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, due to an executive ordersigned by President Joe Biden last month. (Post and Courier)
Development ○ The Charleston County Planning Commission will review designs on Mon., Mar. 8 for the construction of a 36-hole mini-golf course near the site of the former Walnut Hill School House. ⛳️ (WCSC)
Coronavirus ○ SCDHEC launched a new online resource providing information about the age group, gender, race, and ethnicity of those who have received COVID-19 vaccines in SC. This new data is considered provisional + subject to change, as it’s based on what providers record about the people they are vaccinating. ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina andaccelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
Job ○ SC Works Trident is launching a new virtual hiring series. The first event will take place today at 10 a.m. and feature local beer distributor,Lee Distributors. Register here. 💼
Listen ○ Local musician Billie Fountain plans to release his first full-length album, “The Magic that Hurts,” this year. You can listen to the album’s recently released single, “Running from you,” here. 🎶 (Holy City Sinner)
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As a grab-and-go market, this shop offers everything from matcha lattes and homemade pastries to turkey sandwiches and select wines. The DIME – which stands for The Daniel Island Market & Eatery – has also partnered with Charleston-based businesses Springbok Coffee + Hustle Smoothie Bar to serve the highest quality, local coffee beans, and blended drinks.
Guests can stop by anytime between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily to pick up a freshly baked cookie sandwich, sip on a caffeinated beverage, or just say hello. 🍪
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Cause ○ Share the Love Fundraiser| Tues., Feb. 16 | 5-8 p.m. | Zaxby’s, 3476 Shelby Ray Ct. | Prices vary | A portion of all sales will go toward Camp Rise Above.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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