|Primary alcohol by volume|
|Served||On the rocks; poured over ice|
|Standard garnish||orange slice and maraschino cherry|
|Standard drinkware||Highball glass|
|Commonly used ingredients|
|Preparation||Stir the vodka and orange juice with ice in the glass, then float the Galliano on top. Garnish and serve.|
The Harvey Wallbanger appears in literature as early as 1971. The cocktail is reputed to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato "Duke" Antone, and named by Antone after a surfer frequenting Antone's Blackwatch Bar in Los Angeles. However, recent research by culinary historians casts doubt on this theory. Spirits writer Robert Simonson goes so far as to say that "no sane person ever believed that story." Simonson emphasizes the lack of a historical record for any Blackwatch Bar, and indicates that, in fact, Antone lived in Hartford, Connecticut, rather than Los Angeles during the relevant period.
Other historians such as David Wondrich emphasize the role of McKesson Imports Company and its marketing team for developing the drink, confirming among other things that the company commissioned a graphic artist to develop a "Harvey Wallbanger" sandal-clad surfer mascot in the late 1960s. It is known that McKesson executive George Bednar was instrumental in promoting the drink as a means of selling its component Galliano liqueur, and Bednar claimed to have penned a popular tagline for the drink: "Harvey Wallbanger is the name. And I can be made!".
- The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers, winners of the American League pennant, were nicknamed "Harvey's Wallbangers," because of the team's power hitting (wallbanging) under mid-season manager Harvey Kuenn. After a mediocre 23–24 start to the season, manager Buck Rodgers was fired. Under Kuenn, the team went 72–43 (.626), led the Major Leagues in home runs and total bases, and produced the highest team OPS+ since the 1931 New York Yankees.
- Conservative talk-show host Michael Savage refers to rival conservative talk-show host Sean Hannity as Harvey Wallbanger.
- Commercial prints and labels: Volumes 21–26 by Library of Congress. Copyright Office in 1971
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- "Michael Savage explains why he calls Sean Hannity 'the Wallbanger'". MFP. 5 May 2014.