Little Mike McKendrick

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b. Gilbert Michael McKendrick, c.1903, Paris, Tennessee, USA, d. 1961, Chicago, Illinois, USA. McKendrick was born into a very musical family; his father and four brothers were all musicians. In the 20s…
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b. Gilbert Michael McKendrick, c.1903, Paris, Tennessee, USA, d. 1961, Chicago, Illinois, USA. McKendrick was born into a very musical family; his father and four brothers were all musicians. In the 20s he played guitar and banjo and also sometimes sang with various bands including Doc Cook’s. In the late 20s he worked with Eddie South, visiting Europe where he remained for several years, mostly leading his own band. He returned to the USA shortly before the outbreak of World War II, playing in several bands in New York and Chicago and also leading his own trio, activities he kept up through the 40s and 50s. A good accompanist with a fine sense of rhythm, McKendrick’s long years in Europe kept him from wider appreciation in his homeland. One of his brothers played similar instruments and worked as Big Mike McKendrick.