Sunday, September 20, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-The Swingin' Medallions
Song:Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
This 1966 top 20 hit typifies what is known as Beach Music in the Carolinas. It was the only big hit for The Swingin' Medallions. The group was from Greenwood, SC led by keyboard player John McElrath. Other members were Jim Doares on guitar, Carrol Bledsoe & Charles Webber on trumpet, Brent Fortson & Steven Caldwell on sax, James Perkins on bass and Joe Morris on drums. They started out in the 50s as Pieces Of Eight then changed their name to The Medallions and became The Swingin' Medallions when they signed with Smash Records in 1965. Their first single I Wanna Be Your Guy failed but Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was originally recorded by a group called Dick Holler & The Holidays and is about having a few beers and having fun. The Swingin' Medallions had one more chart single and were finished by 1967. They continued to be popular in the south and John McElrath still leads a version of the group today. It turns out that Double Shot is a favourite of Bruce Springsteen. He's performed it over the years and The Swingin' Medallions even joined him on stage a few days ago in Greenville, SC. You can get Double Shot on Rhino's Nuggets garage band comp but Rhino's Frat Rock! CD is filled with great party music. Here's a video of Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) by The Swingin' Medallions.