15 Songs, 38 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
14 Ratings
14 Ratings

Great to see this album out again!


Great music from a super beach music group. This group, one of which is a son of an original band member still play thoughout the Southeast. Better today than ever!

Hard to give this one a 4 or 5....


This CD is a real mish-mash of old and fairly new. First off, the cover art is the picture off the original "Double Shot" LP. I still have that LP sitting in my basement and this is the exact picture on the cover. So what you see here is a picture of the original group. That said, only a couple of the songs on this Anthology are from the original "Double Shot" LP. The fact of the matter is that specific LP is their greatest hits and it is ashame someone doesn't remaster the original LP in its original state.... not mixed in with a bunch of other stuff from spin off groups or a group that had only one original band member in it. I do know that one of the founders of the band passed away not long ago in South Carolina. If I remember the news article it was the lead singer and sax player. Sadly we see a lot of this going on today.. a group has one or two LPs from back in the mid-1960s and the next thing you know their are a dozen Anthology CDs done with completely bogus groups (using the name of the real group) or spin off groups with one or two members (or family members) of the original group members. This is a case of where I would go through the list and pick out the songs that are most likely from the "Double Shot" LP and just purchase those.

Setting the record straight


As much of the history of The Swingin' Medallions written to date, the reviews so far contain a lot of misinformation and errors. I grew up and attended college (1965-70) with these guys in South Carolina, so I was there as it happened. I remember their releasing "Double Shot" on their own "4Sale" label, before they signed with Smash Records.
First of all, tracks 1 thru 13 are all by the "original" Swingin' Medallions pictured here. Tracks 14 and 15 are by the current incarnation of the band, led by the founder of the group's twin sons. Secondly, none of the songs here are by The Pieces of Eight, a spin-off band that contained only two of the original Medallions. They had regional success with their recordings of "Lonely Drifter" and "Come Back Girl", which I don't see listed.
Rest assured that the group pictured on the album is the "original" Swingin' Medallions (front row - Brent Fortson and Joe Morris / back row - Charlie Webber (deceased), Steve Caldwell (deceased), Jimmy Perkins, John McElrath (group's founder and still performs on occasion), Carroll Bledsoe, and Jim (Jimbo) Doares. The songs are all original, with the two exceptions noted. Good album by a good band that has stood the test of time and earned the nickname, "Party Band of The South".

About Swingin' Medallions

The Swingin' Medallions' one claim to fame, "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)," charted at number 17 on July 2, 1966, and made them an institution in the South. It was the band's second release for Smash Records; the first, "I Wanna Be Your Guy," went unnoticed. "Doubleshot"'s successors didn't pack the same wallop; the follow-up, "She Drives Me Out of My Mind," stopped climbing at number 71 in 1966, and "Hey Baby" failed too. They began as Pieces of Eight in the late '50s, and changed to the Swingin' Medallions in 1965 when they signed with Smash. The band's membership has included John McElrath (keyboards), Jim Doares (guitar), Carroll Bledsoe (trumpet), Charles Webber (trumpet), Brent Forston (sax, flute), Steven Caldwell (sax), James Perkins (bass), and Joe Morris (drums), all hailing from the Greenwood, SC area. Beach music has been their forte and they have been the main purveyors of the Shag, a popular dance on Southern beaches. The Swingin' Medallions' personnel has changed much in a band history spanning over 40 years and continuing into the 21st century, with McElrath the only original member. For many years, the original bandmembers reunited for a one-night concert in Atlanta. ~ Andrew Hamilton

Greenwood, SC


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