Born: June 18, 1910 | Died: May 7, 1995 Primary Instrument: Drums
The drumming of Ray McKinley was a driving force that contributed greatly to the success of Jimmy Dorsey before WWII and the Glenn Miller American Band Of The Allied Expeditionary Forces during the war. As part of the Will Bradley aggregation, which he co-led between his stints with Dorsey and Miller, his personable and humorous vocals were an added attraction.
McKinley's first sides were recorded with Red Nichols for the Brunswick record label. Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey were also members of this nine piece Nichols group that waxed five sides over two sessions in the spring and early summer of 1931. In 1932 McKinley again worked with Glenn Miller in the Smith-Ballew band as well as in the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra in 1934-5. In May of 1934 he recorded four sides with a Benny Goodman small group that included Charlie and Jack Teagarden, Teddy Wilson and others....
Class Of '49
You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
Beat Me Daddy To A Boogie Woogie Beat
Bradley & His Orchestra
Recorded between September 1939 and October 1941.
Glenn Miller's All Time Greatest Hits
Postwar Recordings 1944-1953
(2009) Remastered; Box Set
Army Air Force Band
Best Of Will Bradley With Ray Mckinley: Eight To The Bar
Glenn Miller Time -- 1965/Great Songs Of The 60's
Grass Roots/The Grass Is Greener
Top Hits Of The 40's
Best Of The Lost Recordings & Secret Broadcasts
Sideman - The Arc Years: 1931-1936
Featuring Ray Mckinley
Five O'Clock Whistle: 1939-1941 (1995)
It's Square But It Rocks
All Star Jazz Concert
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