[78-L] FW: Needed -- Fine Details on Bradley-McKinley

Jeff Sultanof jeffsultanof at gmail.com
Wed Jul 17 09:50:38 PDT 2013

I do not remember where I read it, but I am almost positive that Bradley
became a CBS network staff musician which would explain the Bailey
connection. The Signature date you cite was a studio group. And you are
correct, if he were in the military, Miller would have grabbed him in a
second. He and McKinley would have gladly co-run the band after Miller
died (there were no hard feelings between the two leaders at the time of
the break-up. Both of them wanted to go in different musical directions).

Jeff Sultanof

On Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM, David Lewis <uncledavelewis at hotmail.com>wrote:

> From: uncledavelewis at hotmail.com
> To: 78-l at hotmail.com
> Subject: Needed -- Fine Details on Bradley-McKinley
> Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:47:08 +0000
> A lot of sources say that the Will Bradley-Ray McKinley band broke up when
> Ray decided to quit in either January of
> February of 1942. And their Columbia contract ends in January as well. My
> question is: did they really do so? I realize
> that some of the men in Bradley-McKinley -- Peanuts Hucko being one --
> went into the very short lived band that Ray
> started afterward. But did Will Bradley attempt to continue? He is leading
> a band for Signature in 1944 and still has
> Billy Maxted in his retinue at that point.
> Another question -- and this is easier -- is that imdb has Will Bradley
> going into the military after the Bradley-McKinley
> split. Sure; imdb is not a very reliable source for info about musicians,
> but they brought it up. I show that Bradley
> participated on some sides with Jimmy Lytell and Savannah Churchill for
> Beacon later in 1942, was a guest on the
> radio show "Beat the Band" on 11-3-1943 and on Mildred Bailey's radio
> program 11-10-1944. That seems like an
> awful lot of furlough for a military man. Also, had he been in the
> service, I doubt that Glenn Miller would have allowed
> him to evade the draft into the AEF band, despite his enmity with Ray
> McKinley.
> So did Will Bradley spend the war in the war, or on the homefront?
> Uncle Dave Lewis
> uncledavelewis at hotmail.com
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