The Catalinas, NC’s premier beach music band, formed in Charlotte in 1957. Their Beach Music Anthem, “Summertime’s Callin’ Me” was recorded in 1975. Since the band’s conception in a choral room at South Mecklenburg High School in 1957, THE CATALINAS have been a dominant force on the musical scene in the Southeast.
THE CATALINAS have recorded and released over 75 songs, most notably the regional hit “You Haven’t The Right” in 1967 and the trend setting classic “Summertime’s Callin’ Me” in 1975, a song which was a large part of creating what is now called “Beach Music” and one of the reasons Ripete Records was created.
Their latest CD release, “Dancin’ Romancin” is currently #1 on the charts along with the hit “Cool Breeze” from that CD. They were inducted into The Beach Music Hall of Fame in 1995 and inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2013.