|The Swingin' Medallions|
|Timeless music for enduring appeal|
Tradition defined as “the handing down of a belief, legend or custom from generation to generation” is exemplified in The Swingin’ Medallions, a 46-year Southern institution.
How does a band endure the generations? The group’s signature high-energy style delights audiences of all ages, and its music is timeless, appealing to everyone from college audiences to more mature rock-n-rollers. The group was founded in 1962 by John McElrath and now includes his two sons. Featuring an ever-popular horn section, the group effectively blends the sounds and music of yesterday and today and has performed throughout the nation in thousands of venues. Performance highlights include a 2008 performance for at the U.S. embassy in Ottawa, Canada; the 2007 Inaugural party for S.C. Governor Mark Sanford, and the 2007 Inaugural ball for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
The band was made famous by its 1966 single, “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love,” which remains the signature song of the band. Bruce Springsteen declared “Double Shot” the “greatest fraternity rock song of all time” and opened with it at his 2008 concert in Charleston, S.C.; the song has been featured on-screen in Aly McBeal, Moonlighting, American Dreams and Sorority Boys. Southern humorist and writer Lewis Grizzard has labeled the Medallions as “the party band of the South.”
The success of “Double Shot” was followed with another hit, “She Drives Me Out of My Mind,” in 1967. In 1969, the band released “Hey, Hey Baby,” the song featured at the band’s 2004 Gator Bowl Half-Time Show performance. The Swingin’ Medallions has released countless other singles through Capitol Records and continues recording music today.
The Swingin’ Medallions band is featured in the book Heeey Baby Days of Beach Music, a comprehensive history of the 1960s Southeastern music scene, and its music is sold at the Smithsonian Institution’s gift shop as an example of the nation’s musical history.