b. 13 May 1942, Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan, Lancashire, England. Like many others, McKinlay learned guitar from Bert Weedon’s Play In A Day. He was a member of the north-west beat group the Long And The Short, which made the UK Top 30 in 1964 with ‘The Letter’, featuring session musician Jimmy Page on lead guitar. They appeared in the film Gonks Go Beat, and then McKinlay was offered a place in the Mojos. He soon, however, returned to Wigan and a job in a printing works. He became a mature student and gained a degree in sociology and a teaching diploma. He visited Nashville in 1977, and on his return, formed a country group. He decided to become a full-time professional and toured the UK country clubs with American singer-songwriter Steve Young. McKinley is enormously popular around country clubs and manages to support a band. His songs include his personal credo, ‘English Born - Dixie Fried’, and this Wigan peer has made several cassettes to sell at his shows. He has emulated Weedon by issuing his own guitar tutor.
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