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Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

William McKinney, showman-drummer, formed his Cotton Pickers in Springfield, Ohio in 1922, but it was not until the summer of 1928 that they commenced their short but illustrious recording career for Victor. In the autumn of 1931 Don Redman, who did most of the arrangements, took a band of his own, including in it several of the Cotton Pickers.

The Cotton Pickers were based originally in the Greystone Ballroom in Detroit, opposite Jean Goldkette's excellent White orchestra, but by the early part of 1929 we find them in Harlem at various nightspots. Their personnel varied as any personnel in a band this size, but in it's ranks were at one time such brilliant stars of the Harlem Jazz firmament as Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Lonnie Johnson, James P. Johnson, Joe Smith, Ed Cuffee, Claude Jones and Fats Waller....
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    The Complete Vol.5 (1930-1931) (1938-1940)

    Tribe
    1984
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    The Complete McKinney's Cotton Pickers Volumes 1/2

    Tribe
    1979
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    McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1929-1930

    Tribe
    1966
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    McKinney's Cotton Pickers Vol. 1

    Tribe
    1954
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    I'd Love It / Peggy

    Tribe
    1939
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    Okay, Baby / I Want A Little Girl

    Tribe
    1930
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    Hullabaloo / Baby Won't You Please Come Home

    Tribe
    1930
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