Swingin’ Medallions

Genre: 60’s Bands, 70’s Bands, Beach Bands, Cover Bands, Dance Bands, Fraternity & Sorority Bands, Funk Bands, Motown Bands, Oldies Bands, R&B Bands, Show Bands, Soul Bands, Tribute Bands, Variety Bands, Wedding Bands
Location: Greenwood, SC
Price Range: $5000-$7500
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About The Band

The Swingin' Medallions have been based out of the Greenwood South Carolina area, since the early 1960's. The Swingin' Medallions 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 shagging' 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 band.

The members of the band 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 have always included around eight members with at least a four piece horn section. The high energy party style stage performance of the first Swingin' Medallions has been passed down to the band that performs today. The present band's stage show has coined them the name "The Party Band of the South."
Many of members 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."

For booking information on the Swingin' Medallions or to book or hire this legendary dance/party band for your wedding reception, college event, corporate function or concert, click on the Request Booking Information tab below.

Available For:

College Bands, Corporate Events, Fraternity/Sorority Parties, Nightclubs, Private Parties, Rehearsal Dinner Bands, Wedding Bands


Swingin' Medallion Recordings
Double Shot of My Baby's Love
Hey, Hey Baby
She Drives Me Out of My Mind
Hang on Sloopy
Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy
Round and Round
How Do You Stop
Shaggin' in The Moonlight
I Wanna Be Your Guy
I'm Gonna Make Her Mine

Samples of a vast repertoire:

Mustang Sally
With This Ring
Under the Boardwalk
Ain't too Proud to Beg
It's All Right
Carolina Girls
I Got You (I Feel Good)
My Girl
Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
Walkin' the Dog
Brown Eyed Girl
Ms. Grace
Hard to Handle
Old Time Rock-n-Roll
39-26-40 Shape
Groove Me
Knock on Wood
Jump, Jive and Wail
Family Tradition
Louie Louie
Who's Makin' Love
Let it Whip
She's a Bad Mama Jama
Mambo #5
Country Grammar
Can I Get a Witness
Ride That Train
Boogie Shoes
Shake Your Booty
Word Up
The Joker
Soul Man
Brick House
Wild Thing
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Wonderful Tonight
When a Man Loves a Woman
Let's Get it On
Sittin' on The Dock of The Bay
What I Like About You
Play That Funky Music White Boy
The House is a Rockin'
Johnny B. Goode
Sweet Home Alabama