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Encyclopedia > Ray McKinley

Ray McKinley (June 18, 1910May 7, 1995) was an American jazz drummer, singer, and bandleader. is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... A drummer in Action A drummer is a person who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ...

McKinley got his start working with local bands in the DallasFort Worth area, before joining Smith Ballew in 1929, when he met Glenn Miller. The two formed a friendship which lasted from 1929 until Miller's death in 1944. McKinley and Miller joined the Dorsey Brothers in 1934. Miller left for Ray Noble in December 1934, while McKinley remained. The Dorsey Brothers band became Jimmy's after Tommy left and formed his own band in 1935. Dallas redirects here. ... Fort Worth is the sixth-largest city in the state of Texas, located about 30 miles west of Dallas on the West Fork Trinity River and forming part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ... Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 — presumably December 15, 1944), was an American jazz musician and bandleader in the swing era. ... The Dorsey Brothers consisted of the dynamic duo Big Band musicians Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey who found fame in the 1940s playing with great Big Band favorites Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman among others. ... Ray Noble was a British bandleader, composer, arranger and actor. ...

McKinley remained with Jimmy until 1939, when he joined Will Bradley, becoming co-leader. His biggest hit with Bradley, as a singer, was "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar," which was recorded early in the year 1940. McKinley and Bradley split in 1942 and McKinley formed his own band, which recorded for Capitol Records. The McKinley band was short-lived. When McKinley broke up the band, he joined Glenn Miller's Army Air Force band, which he led from 1944 to 1945 after Miller vanished. In 1946, upon being discharged, McKinley formed another band, which lasted until the early 1950s. In 1956, McKinley took over the Glenn Miller band, which he led until 1966. He died in Largo, Florida. Wilbur Schwichtenberg (1912 – 1989) was an American trombonist and bandleader who performed under the name Will Bradley. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) was a part of the U.S. Army during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... // Largo, Florida Cultural Center Largo is the third largest city in Pinellas County, Florida, USA and is part of the Tampa Bay Area. ...

He is referred to as "Eight Beat Mack" in the lyrics to the song "Down The Road A-Piece," which he recorded with Will Bradley in 1940. This was the earliest recording of the song, which was written specifically for Bradley's band by Don Raye. Wilbur Schwichtenberg (1912 – 1989) was an American trombonist and bandleader who performed under the name Will Bradley. ... Don Raye (March 16, 1909 - January 29, 1985) was an American Vaudevillian and songwriter, best known for his songs for the Andrews Sisters such as Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. ...

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This McKinley family, consisting of nine boys and two girls, was raised in the Soulard area at 10th and Allen Streets and most of them attended Lafayette Elementary School and then received their high school education at McKinley.
Not all of them graduated from McKinley, due mostly to circumstances beyond their control, but they definitely represented one of the largest contingents from the same family to share in the McKinley experience.
Ray also served in the US Marines (if you were counting, this means six brothers in the Marine Corp).
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