Will Bradley Biography

Legendary trombonist and bandleader (July 12, 1912, Newton, NJ - July 15, 1989, Flemington, NJ).

Bradley enjoyed commercial success after forming a big band with drummer Ray McKinley and recording the hit "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar." This tune and others propelled Bradley to the forefront of the boogie-woogie scene, though he was also known for his swing playing. Later in his career, he spent many years playing trombone on "The Tonight Show" during the Johnny Carson era.

Bradley's son is Will Bradley, Jr., a noted jazz drummer.

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