Ray McKinley

Ray McKinley

Real Name:
Raymond McKinley
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American jazz drummer and Big Band leader, born June 18, 1910 in Texas and died May 7, 1995 in Largo, Florida.

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.

When the fueding Dorsey Brothers broke up in 1935 McKinley joined Jimmy Dorsey, in his new orchestra, where he remained until 1939. Although the Jimmy Dorsey band did not achieve the fame that brother Tommy’s band did, it waxed some fine swinging sides driven by McKinley on skins. Parade Of The Milk Bottle Caps and John Silver were two of the most well known instrumental recordings of the group and both were enhanced greatly by McKinley's impeccable timekeeping and occasional fiery outbursts.

In 1939 Ray McKinley became a partner of trombonist Will Bradley co-leading a band that recorded under Bradley's name. This band, that also featured Freddie Slack on piano, cut dozens of boogie-woogie laden sides for Columbia between September of 1939 and January of 1942. Many were hits, some featuring McKinley’s humorous and personable vocals and one line shouts like on Celery Stalks At Midnight and Fry Me Cookie In A Can Of Lard. Unfortunately there was friction between the two stars. Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar and Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four type numbers wore on Bradley, as so did the syrupy trombone ballads of Bradley wear on McKinley. The two had a less than amicable split in 1942 as reported by Down Beat magazine.

In 1942 McKinley formed his own short-lived band recording briefly for Capitol and then joined the Army. While in the service he joined Glenn Miller’s AEF band and while in Europe formed his own “Swing Shift” group culled from the heart of Miller’s band and spotlighting, among others, pianist Mel Powell and reed man Peanuts Hucko. The Miller Allied Expeditionary Forces band waxed numerous incredibly swinging tunes in London's Abbey Road studios during the war. These recordings have since been released on CD and find McKinley really driving the very large outfit on numbers like Bubble Bath, Jeep Jockey Jump, Anvil Chorus et. al. After Miller’s disappearance McKinley co-led Glenn Miller's American Band Of The Allied Expeditionary Forces briefly with Jerry Gray.

Back in the U.S. Ray formed his own civilian band again recording for Majestic in 1946 and Victor from 1947-50, this time using the rich arrangements of Eddie Sauter and Dean Kincaide and featuring players like Peanuts Hucko and Mundell Lowe, and later adding Joe Farrante, Sam Butera, Buddy Morrow and others.

From ’50-‘55 McKinley free-lanced, occasionally leading his own bands, and working as a TV singer in NYC. In 1956 he was commissioned by the widow of Glenn Miller to organize a new band under Miller’s name using the original library and style. This band made a successful tour of Iron Curtain countries in 1957 and continued to tour the U.S. until 1966. McKinley then free-lanced again, leading an orchestra under his own name and recording for Dot in 1966. He also played drums in yet another incarnation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, fronted by Buddy DeFranco, and recorded for Columbia House in 1972. His last recording session was cut with just himself on drums and pianist Lou Stein, who recorded five sides together for the Chiaroscuro label in 1977.
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Ray McKinley Discography Tracks

Albums

LAT 8089, LAT.8089 Steve Allen (3) Featuring Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band, Billy Butterfield Jazz Band With Ray McKinley Guest Vocalist Sylvia Syms Steve Allen (3) Featuring Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band, Billy Butterfield Jazz Band With Ray McKinley Guest Vocalist Sylvia Syms - Steve Allen's All Star Jazz Concert Vol. 2(LP, Album, Mono) Brunswick, Brunswick LAT 8089, LAT.8089 UK 1954 Sell This Version
Will Bradley & His Orch.* With Ray McKinley Will Bradley & His Orch.* With Ray McKinley - Boogie-Woogie (Album) Epic US 1954 Sell This Version
LG 1005 Will Bradley & His Orch.* With Ray McKinley Will Bradley & His Orch.* With Ray McKinley - Boogie-Woogie(10", Mono) Epic LG 1005 US 1954 Sell This Version
The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Ray McKinley The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Ray McKinley - The New Glenn Miller Orchestra In Hi Fi (Album) RCA Victor Canada 1957 Sell This Version
LSPC3 The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Ray McKinley The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Ray McKinley - La Nueva Orquesta de Glenn Miller En Stereo(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSPC3 Colombia 1958 Sell This Version
The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Ray McKinley The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Time (Album) RCA Victor US 1961 Sell This Version
The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Ray McKinley The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Ray McKinley - Echoes Of Glenn Miller RCA Victor US 1962 Sell This Version
FTP-1129 Ray McKinley Echoes of Glenn Miller(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) RCA Victor FTP-1129 USA & Canada 1962 Sell This Version
Cozy Cole And His Orchestra* Featuring Gene Krupa, Ray McKinley, Panama Francis Cozy Cole And His Orchestra* Featuring Gene Krupa, Ray McKinley, Panama Francis - Drum Beat For Dancing Feet (Album) Coral, Coral, Coral US 1963 Sell This Version
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra* Directed By Ray McKinley Starring Bobby Hackett The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra* Directed By Ray McKinley Starring Bobby Hackett - Glenn Miller Time - 1965 (Album) Epic US 1965 Sell This Version
FH-1974-11 Ray McKinley 1946-1949(LP) First Heard Records FH-1974-11 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CR-173, CR 173 Lou Stein, Ray McKinley Lou Stein, Ray McKinley - Stompin' 'Em Down(LP, Album, Mono) Chiaroscuro Records, Chiaroscuro Records CR-173, CR 173 US 1977 Sell This Version
R32P-1020 The New Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ray McKinley The New Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller(CD, Album) RCA R32P-1020 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
Will Bradley, Ray McKinley Will Bradley, Ray McKinley - Will Bradley And Ray Mckinley: Best Of The Big Bands (Album) CBS Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
VM1344 Ray McKinley The New Glenn Miller Orchestra(CD, Album, RM) Calle Mayor VM1344 Spain 2017 Sell This Version
The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Under The Direction Of Ray McKinley The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Under The Direction Of Ray McKinley - The New Glenn Miller Orchestra Under The Direction Of Ray McKinley RCA Victor Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CAL-295 Ray McKinley One Band Two Styles(LP) RCA Camden CAL-295 US Unknown Sell This Version
BH6-608 Gene Krupa, Ray McKinley, Anita O'Day, Lynne Gardner Gene Krupa, Ray McKinley, Anita O'Day, Lynne Gardner - A Legend(LP, Album) Blue Heaven Records (2) BH6-608 US Unknown Sell This Version
LN 1127 Will Bradley, Ray McKinley And Junior Bradley Will Bradley, Ray McKinley And Junior Bradley - Bradley Will, McKinley Ray, And Bradley Junior(10", MiniAlbum) Epic LN 1127 US Unknown Sell This Version
DLP 25740 Ray McKinley Ray McKinley's Greatest Hits(LP, Album) Dot Records DLP 25740 US Unknown Sell This Version
LP-1033 Ray McKinley One Night Stand With Ray McKinley(LP, Album, Mono) Joyce LP-1033 US Unknown Sell This Version
G.A. 33-333 Ray McKinley, Peanuts Hucko Ray McKinley, Peanuts Hucko - The Swingin' 30s(LP, Album, Mono) Grand Award Records G.A. 33-333 US Unknown Sell This Version
4015 Ray McKinley Plays Sauter And Others(10") Allegro Elite 4015 US Unknown Sell This Version
HEL 6004 Ray McKinley, Bernie Privin, Peanuts Hucko, Mel Powell, Carmen Mastren, Joe Shulman Ray McKinley, Bernie Privin, Peanuts Hucko, Mel Powell, Carmen Mastren, Joe Shulman - Jazzmen In Uniform (Paris 1945)(LP) Harmony (4) HEL 6004 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Will Bradley And His Orchestra Featuring Ray McKinley And Freddie Slack Will Bradley And His Orchestra Featuring Ray McKinley And Freddie Slack - Beat Me Daddy (Eight To The Bar) Columbia US 1940 Sell This Version

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