Timeless rock ’n’ roll band The Swingin’ Medallions will perform a concert at 7 this evening on Fort Stewart.
The group, which was formed in Greenwood, S.C., in 1962, will perform hits like “She Drives Me Out of My Mind,” “Hey, Hey Baby” and its signature song “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love.”
The band has endured changes in the music industry for more than 47 years and remains one of the favorites among older rock ’n’ roll fans.
The Medallions also have gained a following among college-age students and beachgoers. By blending music from the past with favorites from today, the band continues to entertain and please fans of all ages.
Band member Robby Cox told the Courier that the Medallions have been able to maintain their popularity because they interact with fans and their music appeals to just about everyone.
“We have a lot interaction with the crowd when we’re on stage, and everyone likes that. Also, our music appeals to wide demographics. When you’re at one of our concerts, you’ll see kids, teens, college kids and many of our fans from way back,” Cox said.
The Medallions have toured and entertained with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Bruce Springsteen in 2009.
At a concert in Greenville, S.C., Springsteen invited the band on stage to join him as he sang “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love.” He called the song “the greatest fraternity rock song of all time.”
The Medallions also have been guests of many politicians. In 2007, the band performed at the inaugural ball for former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Famed southern humorist and author Lewis Grizzard labeled the band “the party band of the South.”
In 1993, Grizzard wrote the following in one of his columns: “Even today, when I hear “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 coed in the other.”
Founding band member John McElrath still tours and performs with the band. He has been joined by his sons, Shawn and Shane. Also featured in the band is Jake Bartley, the son of original Medallion Hack Bartley.
Proceeds from tonight’s concert will go to the nonprofit HAPfan Foundation, which provides scholarships for local teens from Liberty and Long counties.
The concert will be at Club Stewart, 405 Hero Drive. Admission is $40 for individuals and $80 for couples.
Guests will be served a snack buffet.