McKinney's Cotton Pickers

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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Albums

Zonky
Zonky
ASV Living Era
2005
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[no cover]
The Complete Vol.5...
Tribe
1984
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[no cover]
The Complete...
Tribe
1979
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[no cover]
McKinney's Cotton...
Tribe
1966
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[no cover]
McKinney's Cotton...
Tribe
1954
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[no cover]
I'd Love It / Peggy
Tribe
1939
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