Will Bradley

Will Bradley

Will Bradley was a trombonist and bandleader whose career took off during the 1930s and still had impact into the 1940s. His influence was strongly felt in Boogie-Woogie music.

In the late 1920's and 30's, he was a member of bands such as Red Nichols & His Five Pennies and The Ray Noble Orchestra.  In 1939 he started a big band with Ray McKinley, a swing drummer and vocalist from Texas. The band included Freddie Slack, Arthur Rollini and Lee Castle to name a few.

The Bradley band became well known for Boogie-Woogie, particularly its hit record, "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar". The song reached the top ten in the charts, as did "Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat" and "Down the Road a Piece". The latter song was recorded by the Will Bradley Trio.

In 1942, McKinley departed to form his own band. Bradley hired trumpeter Shorty Rogers and drummer Shelly Manne, but many members wound up in the military due to the draft, and the band dissolved.

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