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Wilbur Schwichtenberg (19121989) was an American trombonist and bandleader who performed under the name Will Bradley. He was known for swing and sweet dance music.


In 1939 he and drummer Ray McKinley formed a big band which became well known for boogie-woogie, particularly its hit record, "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar." In 1942 McKinley left to form his own band and a few months after joined the United States Air Force, where he played in the Glenn Miller Air Force band. Bradley tried to maintain the band, but problems caused by the war forced it to close. Bradley became a studio musician.


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Will Bradley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (75 words)
Wilbur Schwichtenberg (1912 1989) was an American trombonist and bandleader who performed under the name Will Bradley.
He was known for swing and sweet dance music.
Bradley tried to maintain the band, but problems caused by the war forced it to close.
Solid! -- Will Bradley Biography (529 words)
Bradley himself, however, preferred to play ballads and had a long and successful career as a trombonist outside of his band.
Bradley also played with Milt Shaw's orchestra in 1931, where he met drummer Ray McKinley.
Bradley's name was unknown to the general public when in 1939 William Morris talent agent Willard Alexander suggested he form a swing orchestra.
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