Marion McKay

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b. USA. Banjo player McKay formed his dance band, the Marion McKay Orchestra, in Richmond, Indiana, USA, in the early 20s. The sidemen included Ambrose Barringer, Le Roy Morris, Doc Marshall, Russell…
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b. USA. Banjo player McKay formed his dance band, the Marion McKay Orchestra, in Richmond, Indiana, USA, in the early 20s. The sidemen included Ambrose Barringer, Le Roy Morris, Doc Marshall, Russell Mock, Ernie McKay, Henry Lang, George Agonost, Paul Weirick, Izzy George, Terry George, Skinny Budd, Harry Bason, Ed Johns, Jack Tillson, Roger Beals, Clem Johnson, Red Ginslar, Ernie Weaver, Marlin Kiles and Eddie Page. These musicians were usually ordered in a three brass, three reed, piano, bass and drum format. The featured vocalists were Jack Tillson and Fred Stuart. Their performing territory covered a significant proportion of the Midwest, particularly Cincinnati and Cleveland. There were also rarer bookings in New York. Signed to Gennett Records, they were among the first bands to attempt to negotiate that organisation’s new electronic recording system, located in its Richmond studios. However, teething troubles ensured that none of these recordings were ever issued. The orchestra was disbanded in the mid-30s when McKay retired as its leader.