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Ray McKinley

Born: June 18, 1910 | Died: May 7, 1995    Primary Instrument: Drums

Ray McKinley

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....
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Howdy Friends
(2005)

Mckinley Time
(1996)

Class Of '49
(1976)

You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
(2002)

Beat Me Daddy To A Boogie Woogie Beat
(1999)


Bradley & His Orchestra
Recorded between September 1939 and October 1941.

Glenn Miller's All Time Greatest Hits
(2006)

Postwar Recordings 1944-1953


(2009) Remastered; Box Set

Army Air Force Band
(2001)

Best Of Will Bradley With Ray Mckinley: Eight To The Bar
(2005)

Glenn Miller Time -- 1965/Great Songs Of The 60's
(2001)

Grass Roots/The Grass Is Greener
(2005)

Priceless Jazz
(1997)

Top Hits Of The 40's
(1995)

Best Of The Lost Recordings & Secret Broadcasts
(1998)

Sideman - The Arc Years: 1931-1936
(1998)

Featuring Ray Mckinley
(1994)

Let's Dance
(2007)

Five O'Clock Whistle: 1939-1941 (1995)

It's Square But It Rocks
(2001)

All Star Jazz Concert
(2005)

Hallelujah
(1999)

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