|Genres:||Big Band & Swing|
|Tags:||jazz boogie woogie radio zazou under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 2000s|
18 June 1910, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 7 May 1995, Largo, Florida, USA. After drumming in the dance band led by fellow Texan, singer Smith Ballew, McKinley joined the Dorsey Brothers orchestra in 1934. When the band became Jimmy Dorseys, after his brother Tommy walked out, McKinley remained in the drum chair until 1939. In the autumn of that year he formed a band that he co-led with Will Bradley. A string of successful novelty songs, and the use of orchestral arrangements that capitalized on the current boogie-woogie craze, helped the band to become very popular.
In 1942, he briefly led a band on his own but was then drafted into the US Army Air Force. He became a key member of Glenn Millers USAAF band and, following Millers death, took over leadership of the dance-band unit. After the war, McKinley led his own outfit for a number of years, then formed a Miller-style unit which he led until 1966. Thereafter he continued to...