Born : January 08, 1906 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Died : May 08, 1983 in Los Angeles, California.
Culley played locally in Boston, then moved to New York City in 1931, where he found early work playing with Horace Henderson and Cab Calloway. He then spent 11 years in the employ of Noble Sissle, recording with him extensively. Following this he played with Lionel Hampton (1944-49), then worked again briefly with Sissle before playing in the Count Basie Orchestra from 1951 to 1959.
During his career he participated in more than 200 recording sessions.
After working with Basie Culley retired from music and pursued a career in insurance.