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Swingin’ Medallions

“A TIMELESS TRADITION”

Tradition is defined as “The handing down of a belief, legend, or custom from generation to generation”. The Swingin’ Medallions, a 49-year Southern tradition, are a living definition of the word.

How does a band endure the generations? The group’s signature high-energy style delights audiences of all ages. Their act, as well as their music, is indeed timeless. The band was founded in 1962 by John McElrath and now includes his two sons, Shawn and Shane.  The band also features Jake Bartley, the son of original Medallion, Hack Bartley. Jimmy Perkins, an original member of the group has been back traveling fulltime with the band since July 2011! Featuring an ever-popular horn section, the group effectively blends the sounds and music of yesterday and today. The band has performed throughout the nation in thousands of venues.  Their diverse repertoire has made them overwhelming favorites with college audiences as well as the more mature rock and rollers.

The band was made famous by its 1.5 million selling hit album, “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love”, in 1966. It remains the signature song of the band. The song, in fact, continues to demonstrate its timeless quality on radio, television and in motion pictures. “Double Shot” was followed with another hit, “She Drives Me Out of My Mind”, in 1967. In 1969, they released yet another hit, “Hey, Hey Baby”, the song featured at their 2004 Gator Bowl Half-Time Show performance.  The band released countless other singles through Capitol and Smash Records and continues recording new music today, including their latest tune, “Large Time”, which was released in September 2011.

In September 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band invited the Medallions on stage at theBi-LoCenterinGreenvilleSCto join in for on rendition of “Double Shot”. This was definitely an historic moment and one of the highlights of the show. This was quite an honor for the Medallions!!  Bruce has even labeled “Double Shot” as “The greatest fraternity rock song of all time”.

In early 2008, they were invited by the United States Ambassador to Canadato perform in Ottawa, Canadafor a July 4th Celebration. In 2007, they were chosen to headline the Inaugural Party for the Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford.  Also in 2007, they performed for the Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue’s Inaugural Ball. In 2003, they joined forces with Coors Brewing Company, Sterling Marlin and hundreds of fans for a Cruise of the Caribbean.

The cast of the hit television series Aly McBeal sang along with the original recording in a 1998 episode. Bruce Willis sang the song in an episode of “Moonlighting”. In 1999, it was again featured in the NBC miniseries, “The 60’s”. It was heard on the big screen in the movie, “Sorority Boys” and most recently it was used in the NBC series, “American Dreams”.

Lewis Grizzard (Southern humorist and writer) labeled the Medallions as “THE PARTY BAND OF THE SOUTH”, a moniker that has become forever synonymous with the Medallion name. In 1993, Grizzard wrote in a nationally syndicated column, “Even today, when I hear “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love”, it makes me want to stand outside in the hot sun with a milkshake cup full of beer in one hand and a slightly drenched coed in the other”.

On October 6, 2005, The Medallions performed live on the FOX 5 Atlanta Television show, “Good Day Atlanta” and played “Double Shot” to an audience of over 400,000. 

In June of 2001, Chicago Tribune nationally syndicated columnist Bob Greene wrote an article entitled The Swingin’ Medallion View of U.S. History. He summed up America’s love affair with “Double Shot” with his discovery of the song being played and sold in the gift shop of the Smithsonian Institute. When inquiring as to why it was available in the nation’s foremost repository of history, the clerk replied, “Because it’s as much a part of our history as anything else we sell”.

The book, “Heeey Baby Days of Beach Music”, was officially releasedOctober 6, 2006at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame inMacon,Georgia.  It is a comprehensive history of the Southeastern Music Scene of the 1960’s. It is 552 pages long with over 800 images and weighs over 10 pounds! This book features the story of the Swingin’ Medallions!

 Songlist:

Double Shot of My Baby’s Love

Hey Hey Baby

She Drives Me Out of My Mind

Hang on Sloopy

Round and Round

How Do You Stop

Oleander

Shaggin’ In The Moonlight

Large Time

 

Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy—The Tams

Mustang Sally—Wilson Pickett

With This Ring—The Platters

Under The Boardwalk—the Drifters

Baby, I Need Your Lovin’—Four Tops

Honky Tonk Women—Rolling Stones

Midnight Hour—Wilson Picket

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg—The Temptations

It’s All Right—JJ Jackson

Some Kind of Wonderful—Grand Funk Railroad

Carolina Girls—Chairmen of the Board

Shakey Ground—Delbert McClinton

My Girl—The Temptations

I Feel Good—James Brown

Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You—Wilson Pickett

Stay—Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs

Domino—Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl—Van Morrison

Margarittaville—Jimmy Buffet

Ms. Grace—The Tymes

Hard To Handle—Otis Redding

Shotgun—Junior Walker and the All Stars

Old Time Rock and Roll–Bob Segar

39-21-40 Shape—The Showmen

Shout—Otis Day and the nights

Louie Louie—The Kingsmen

Let It Whip—Dazz Band

She’s A Bad Mama Jama—Carl Carlton

Ride That Train—Quad City DJ’s

Boogie Shoes—KC and the Sunshine Band

YMCA—Village People

Brick House—The Commodores

Wonderful Tonight—Eric Clapton

When A Man Loves Woman (instrumental)—Percy Sledge

Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay—Otis Redding

Get Ready—The Temptations

What I Like About You-The Romantics

Play That Funky Music White Boy—Wild Cherry

Johnny B. Goode—Chuck Berry

Sweet Home Alabama-Lynard Skynard

Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy—Big and Rich

Fire—Bruce Springsteen

Celebration—Kool and the Gang

Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On—Gloria Hardeman

Wonderful World—Louis Armstrong

Hip Hop Hooray–Naughty by Nature

Honky Tonk Women—Rolling Stones

1999—Prince

All Right Now—Free

Hold on I’m Comin’—Sam and Dave

Devil with a Blue Dress—Mitch Ryder

Hungry Heart—Bruce Springsteen

Ladies Night—Kool and the Gang

I’m yours—Jason Mraz

Piece of the Rock—Mothers Finest

Forget You—Cee Lo Green

Drift Away—Dobie Grey

What Kind of Fool—The Tams