uring the peak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Robby Cox begun a customized drum organization, bearing his name, Cox Drum Co.
For each and every drum marketed, $25 will be donated to the Cancer Center at Self Regional Health Care.
Cox, from Greenwood, life in Tennessee now. He is a supervisor of — and previous drummer for — Greenwood-based bash band the Swingin’ Medallions.
The personalized drums are manufactured in a collaborative energy amongst Cox Drum Co. and Grant Camp of Stella Maris Guitar Organization of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Guitar-maker Camp is also from Greenwood and he and Cox have identified each and every other since junior high faculty.
At the time this undertaking began, Cox said the band was canceling and rescheduling “tons of Medallions demonstrates.”
“I performed drums for the Medallions concerning 1986 and 2014,” Cox stated. He life in close proximity to Nashville and works in the songs industry in artist management and growth with Curo KR, with fellow previous Medallion alumnus, Kos Weaver.
Cox mentioned his customized drum business has launched a couple signature snare drums so considerably, including a person in memory of Greenwood musician, the late Eddie Wayne Bailey, who performed with Kinfolk, the Medallions and The Fantastic Expressions, and a single in honor of Joe Morris, the Medallions’ unique drummer, offered to Morris, all through a clearly show in Loganville, Georgia July 16.
“It was certainly fantastic,” Morris, 77, instructed the Index-Journal by cell phone Monday. “We experienced a massive, massive group. … Some time back, Robby was asking me about the drum we did ‘Double Shot’ with. … I appreciated it due to the fact of the audio of it and I told Robby about that wood drum. … I didn’t know he was heading to do a little something.”
Morris now lives in Columbia and is retired from gross sales and advertising with packaging enterprise, Sonoco Products and solutions, where by all through his first job interview, Morris states “Double Shot” somehow, serendipitously, commenced actively playing about radio airwaves, and assisted him land the job. This was soon after a human resources manager asked him about a hole in his resumé among the time he graduated faculty and started his initial work. For the duration of that gap, Morris was enjoying with the Medallions.
“That is an certainly genuine story,” Morris explained. “’Double Shot’ has served me perfectly.”
The tune has woven itself into the lexicon of well-known tradition and has lovers properly exterior of Greenwood. It was voted No. 14 in the top rated 600 Tracks of Summer months on SiriusXM and has built No. 1 on Bruce Springsteen’s Frat Rock playlist, for every backstreets.com.
Morris mentioned he learned to enjoy drums in significant faculty band at Ninety Six, less than the direction of then band instructor, Bob Merritt.
“I was constantly all-around new music,” Morris said. “My father performed a mandolin. … Decades later, John McElrath and I begun a band.”
Morris, originally from Ninety Six, stated he started off participating in and rehearsing with McElrath in 1961. Morris was on stage with them from 1962-69 and 2003 to current.
Morris stated they would generally go into a local retail store in town, open up in individuals times, the John B. Lee Tunes and History Store. He claimed they would pay attention to each and every document the retail store operator experienced and master to play the tracks for the reason that they “couldn’t manage to invest in them all.”
Morris recollects his initially time participating in with who would inevitably develop into the initial Swingin’ Medallions was when he was a senior in substantial university.
In individuals extremely early times, Morris stated the lineup involved him, alongside with founder John McElrath, Carroll Bledsoe, Brent Fortson, Steve Caldwell and Perrin Gleaton.
Other early members in the Swingin’ Medallions include Jimbo Doares, Charles Webber and Fredie Pugh.
“We performed at Lander College (now Lander College),” Morris said, of that initial six-member configuration. “Bob Merritt enable me choose the drums. … When they opened curtains to the stage, there ended up six to seven hundred ladies and I froze.”
Morris before long found his groove.
“When we concluded playing, there had been 600 university women hurrying the stage,” Morris said. “And, a pair of the more youthful types in fact preferred to discuss to me. … From there, that’s when we began a band and searching for devices.”
Cox reported this most new snare drum is reminiscent of what Morris performed on the Medallions’ 1966 smash strike tune, “Double Shot of My Baby’s Enjoy,” recorded at Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Joe and I experienced a lot of discussions honing in the design of this drum and I preferred to give props by putting his title on this signature snare drum,” Cox wrote to the Index-Journal by way of electronic mail.
In a cellular phone interview Tuesday, Cox claimed he was 17 when he initially satisfied Morris and commenced enjoying with the Medallions.
“I’ve played 1000’s and countless numbers of demonstrates, but pretty rarely talk at the rear of the microphone,” admits Cox. “I’m normally hiding powering my drum established. I was truly anxious previous week…but I was actually excited to do this for Joe. He’s been a truly great buddy and a mentor, to the band and to me.”
Morris claimed he was completely caught off guard by the surprise honor July 16.
“I do a whole lot of PR for the band and perform with the guys when I can, on ‘Double Shot’ ‘Hey, Hey Baby’ and I play a novelty tune,” Morris mentioned. “…I was motioned to continue to be on stage and which is when Robby Cox begun the presentation…I looked more than to the other aspect of the phase and noticed a few of my grandchildren, who reside in Birmingham, Alabama, and my daughter, who lives in Camden. I assumed, ‘What is likely on here?’
“The band experienced been working on this for a even though and boy, they received me…,” Morris mentioned. “It was, without issue, my greatest thrill in my tunes vocation. … When you have all your fellas demonstrate you that they like you, that implies a ton.”
Morris explained the Swingin’ Medallions attract history crowds and are beloved by audio supporters from all over.
“These youthful guys in the band now function unbelievably challenging at what they do,” Morris explained. “They are leaping, going, dancing and it is outstanding. …I feel John McElrath would be happy of his legacy with these youthful guys.”
Morris said the band’s present lineup recruits first customers to play with them each time possible.
“We have a indicating, ‘Once a Medallion, always a Medallion’,” Morris mentioned. “John McElrath aided develop so lots of younger musicians. There aren’t quite a few all around Greenwood who really do not have a link to the Medallions, a band that will be 60 decades previous upcoming year. … We’ve survived lawsuits, which we’ve gained, challenging occasions in the tunes business enterprise and if COVID did not get us, probably we will be here for one more 60 a long time.”
Morris claimed it is humbling to get the opportunity to continue to be a portion of the Medallions, his voice choking with emotion as he reflects on his yrs taking part in with John McElrath, who died in 2018.
“It is up to me to help and inspire and that’s what I attempt to do,” Morris mentioned.
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