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Swingin' Medallions

The Swingin' Medallions have been based out of the Greenwood South Carolina area, since the early 1960's. Their musical roots came from listening to the early rhythm and blues acts. The music most often associated with the band is beach music, frat rock, R&B, or shaggin' music. After a few years of touring colleges from the Carolinas to the Louisiana Bayou, John McElrath took the group to Arthur Smith's Studio in Charlotte North Carolina, to record "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)". The song became a million seller in 1966, and has been a party classic for college students for decades. "She Drives Me Out Of My Mind" and "Hey, Hey, Baby" were top 40 hits in 1966 and 1967, but "Double Shot" remains the signature song of the Swingin' Medallions.

The members of the Swingin' Medallions have changed over the past thirty years, with John McElrath being the leader and only member to be performing today. The personnel of the band has always included around eight members with at least a four piece horn section. The high energy party style stage performance of the first Medallions has been passed down to the band that performs today. The present Medallions stage show has coined them the name "The Party Band of the South."

Many of the Medallions attended and graduated from Lander University in Greenwood, SC while performing in the south east. The University of Georgia was also the home of some of the band members.

Lewis Grizzard wrote in a 1993 article that, "Even today, when I hear the Swingin' Medallions sing "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 nineteen-year-old coed in the other."

Swingin Medallions Band from Greenwood, South Carolina is a high energy Shag band that plays Beach, Rock & Roll, Oldies and other types of music. This band is perfect for Festivals, Fraternity Parties, Sorority Parties, Fundraisers, Wedding Receptions and other events. for booking Swingin Medallions, call Music Garden today at 800-689-BAND(2263) or email us by clicking on the more information tab on this page.
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Song List
  • 39-21-40 Shape - Chairmen of the Board
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations
  • Boogie Shoes - KC & the Sunshine Band
  • Brick House - The Commodores
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye
  • Carolina Girl - Chairmen of the Board
  • Country Grammar
  • Domino - Van Morrison
  • Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You - Wilson Pickett
  • Family Tradition - Hank Williams Jr.
  • Fire - Ohio Players
  • Groove Me - King Floyd
  • Hard To Handle - Otis Redding
  • I Feel Good - James Brown
  • It's Alright - The Impressions
  • Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  • Jump, Jive & Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Knock on Wood - Eddie Floyd
  • Let It Whip - Dazz Band
  • Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
  • Louie Louie - Kingsmen
  • Mambo Number Five - Lou Bega
  • Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
  • Ms. Grace - The Tyme
  • Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
  • My Girl - The Temptations
  • Old Time Rock-N-Roll - Bob Seger
  • Play That Funky Music White Boy - Wild Cherry
  • Ride That Train
  • Shake Your Booty - KC & the Sunshine Band
  • She's a Bad Mamma Jamma - Carl Carlton
  • Shot Gun - Jr. Walker & the Allstars
  • Shout - Isley Brothers
  • Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
  • Soul Man - Sam & Dave
  • Stay - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
  • Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • The House Is Rockin' - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • The Joker - Steve Miller Band
  • Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters
  • Walkin' the Dog - Rufus Thomas
  • What I Like About You - The Romantics
  • When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
  • Who's Making Love - Johnny Taylor
  • Wild Thang - Tone Loc
  • With This Ring - The Platters
  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • Word Up - Cameo
  • YMCA - Village People
  • You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Righteous Brothers

Testimonials

Saw you last night with Jason D. Williams in SC. Fantastic!! The whole band is fantastic! Margo-Concert-South Carolina

"It was great seeing you guys again in concert here in Greenwood, SC! Come back and give us another Double Shot!!" Jennifer-Concert-Greenwood, SC
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