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 Swingin' Medallions 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 original 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 Swingin' 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 Swingin' 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."







  • Contemporary and Dance
    The Commodores - Brick House
  • Modern, Alternative, and Classic Rock
    Bob Seger - Old Time Rock & Roll
    Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
    Chuck Berry - The House is A Rockin
    Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
    Hank Williams Jr. - Family Tradition
    Kingsmen - Louie, Louie
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
    Quad City DJs - Ride That Train
    Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin Feeling
    Romantics - What I Like about You
    Steve Miller Band - The Joker
    The Showman - 39-26-40 Shape
    Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison - Domino
    Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
  • Motown, Oldies, and Beach
    Bruce Channel - Hey, Hey, Baby
    Chairman of the Board - Carolina Girls
    Eddie Floyd - Knock on Wood
    Isley Brothers - Shout
    James Brown - How Do you Stop
    James Brown - I Got You (I Fell Good)
    Jimmy Buffett - Margarittaville
    Johnnie Taylor - Who's Makin Love
    Junior Walker & All Stars - Shotgun
    King Floyd - Groove Me
    Marvin Gaye - Lets Get it on
    Maurice Williams - Stay
    Otis Redding - Hard To Handle
    Otis Redding - Sittin On The Dock of The Bay
    Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
    Rufus Thomas - Walkin The Dog
    Sam & Dave - Soul Man
    The Drifters - Under The Boardwalk
    The Impressions - It's All Right
    The McCoys - Hang on Sloopy
    The Platters - With This Ring
    The Tams - Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy
    The Temptations - Ain't too Proud to Beg
    The Temptations - My Girl
    The Thymes - Ms. Grace
    Wilson Pickett - Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
    Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
  • Originals
    Swingin Medallions - Double Shot of My Baby's Love
    Swingin Medallions - I Wanna Be Your Guy
    Swingin Medallions - I'm Gonna Make Her Mine
    Swingin Medallions - Oleander
    Swingin Medallions - Round and Round
    Swingin Medallions - Shaggin in the Moonlight
    Swingin Medallions - She Drives me out of my Mind
  • R&B, Funk, and Disco
    Cameo - Word Up
    Carl Carlton - She's A Bad Mama Jama
    Dazz Band - Let It Whip
    K.C. and The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
    K.C. and The Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty
    Nelly - Country Grammer
    Ohio Players - Fire
    Tone Loc - Wild Thing
    Village People - YMCA
  • Standards, Swing, and Jazz
    Brian Selzer - Jump, Jive and Wail