McKinley Mitchell

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 December 1934, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, d. 1986, USA. A formative soul singer with George Leaner’s early 60s Chicago-based One-derful Records label, Mitchell came from the Chicago blues-club scene to launch that label with his fine, self-penned ‘The Town I Live In’, later re-recorded during an even more productive soul period in the 70s with the Malaco subsidiary Chimneyville. After leading the Hearts Of Harmony gospel group at the age of 16, Mitchell tried secular music with a quintet in Springfield, Massachusetts, before moving to Philadelphia to front his own gospel group, the Mitchellairs. Subsequently, he travelled to Chicago, where he sang at several blues clubs, and worked with Muddy Waters at Pepper’s Lounge. Ironically, his first recording, ‘Rock Everybody Rock’, was in a rock ‘n’ roll style, cut with members of Howlin’ Wolf’s band for the Boxer label in 1959. In the local clubs, Mitchell had become...

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