Bringin’ the party

The ‘Party Band of the South’ will play free con­cert Fri­day

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SAMANTHA REAR­DON news@cov­news.com

The Swingin’ Medal­lions be­gan their nearly 50-year run with fra­ter­nity par­ties.

“It’s been a mag­i­cal ride ever since,” said Jimmy Perkins, Medal­lions mem­ber since 1965.

Perkins said in the mid70s ev­ery­one went their own ways. But he re­turned to the band’s ori­gin— Green­wood, South Carolina — in 2011 to re­unite with the band.

“They wel­comed me with open arms,” Perkins said of his re­turn.

In 1966, the band recorded their sig­na­ture song “Dou­ble Shot of My Baby’s Love.” They be­gan tour­ing the coun­try and have been play­ing R&B in­fused rock n’ roll ever since.

“It was some­thing that grabbed hold of us early in life and just never let go,” Perkins said of the band, which he de­scribed as be- ing like the mafia.

Ac­cord­ing to Perkins, the Medal­lions have had at least 25-30 dif­fer­ent mem­bers over the years. And though they have faced many changes with both new and old mem­bers com­ing and go­ing, their sound has stayed pop­u­lar among fans of many ages.

Once deemed the “Party Band of the South,” The Medal­lions cu­rate a rou­tine that gets their crowd mov­ing.

“We are known for just play­ing the style of mu­sic – in South Carolina – that ev­ery­body learned and loved to dance to,” Perkins said of the band’s com­bi­na­tion of vi­su­als, mu­sic and dance in their per­for­mances.

The band is known for their large horn sec­tion. They play a va­ri­ety of R&B, clas­sic blues and rock hits.

“We just play a lit­tle some­thing ev­ery­body likes,” Perkins said.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

The Swingin’ Medal­lions en­gage with their crowd at a show in Ty­bee Is­land.

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