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Will Bradley

tb, 1912-1989 US, Newton
Singer / Musician of Jazz and Pop
A.k.a. Wilbur Schwichtenberg

Wilbur Schwichtenberg (July 12, 1912 – July 15, 1989) was an American trombonist and bandleader who also performed under the name Will Bradley. He was known for swing and sweet dance music, as well as boogie woogie songs, many of which were written by Don Raye.Will Bradley was one of the first band-leaders who appeared in Soundies, three-minute musical films made for coin-operated "movie jukeboxes." Bradley's films, made in late 1940, were widely distributed and gave the Bradley band valuable exposure. Drummer Ray McKinley did most of the vocals.

  • Trombone
  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Latin
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar on Big Band Jazz for Beginners by Various Artists
Down the Road Apiece - Remastered on Featuring All The Hits! by Will Bradley
Calery Stalks At Midnight on Big Band Blast! The Classic Originals by Various Artists
Flying Home (arr. F. Henderson) on Will Bradley and His Orchestra by Will Bradley
Celery Stalks At Midnight on Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925 - 1955 by Various Artists
Wham (Re - bop, Boom, Bam!) on Will Bradley and His Orchestra by Will Bradley
Scrub Me Mama, with a Boogie Beat - Remastered on Featuring All The Hits! by Will Bradley
Old Doc Yak (arr. R. McKinley) on Will Bradley and His Orchestra by Will Bradley
Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar Part 1 - Remastered on Featuring All The Hits! by Will Bradley
Bounce Me Brother with a Solid Four - Remastered on Featuring All The Hits! by Will Bradley

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
In Disco Order Volume 7Will Bradley2012Compil.
In Disco Order Volume 2Will Bradley2012Compil.
In Disco Order, Volume 6Will Bradley2012Compil.
In Disco Order Volume 4Will Bradley2012Compil.
In Disco Order Volume 8Will Bradley2012Album
In Disco Order, Volume 9Will Bradley2012Compil.
Live In 1940-1941Will Bradley2002Album
It's Square, But It RocksWill Bradley Featuring Ray McKinley2002Compil.
Best Of Big BandsWill Bradley & Ray McKinley1990Compil.
Will Bradley And Ray Mckinley: Best Of The Big BandsWill Bradley, Ray McKinley1990Compil.
Wingy Manone 1944-45 & Will Bradley 1943Wingy Manone / Will Bradley1982Compil.
The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band Era 1 / 2 / 3 / 4Glenn Miller / Will Bradley / Don Redman / Georgie Auld1982Compil.
Plays Glenn Miller FavoritesRay Eberle Featuring The Ray Eberle Orchestra, Will Bradley, Hymie Schertzer1957Album
Elegance In Motion '54 Dodge Musical AnnouncementsPee Wee Erwin, Will Bradley, Johnny Cole, Tony Gottuso, Leo Kruczek, Harry Clark, Julie Conway, Jerry Coyle, The Landt Trio1954Album
Big Band Jazz Volume 1Yank Lawson, Will Bradley1953Album
Jazz EncounterWill Bradley, Trigger Alpert, Lou Stein, Paul Kashian, Bill Stegmeyer, Bud Freeman, Rex Stewart, Barry GalbraithSingle
Extra Play Golden RecordMichael Stewart, The Sandpipers, Will BradleySingle
Bradley Will, McKinley Ray, And Bradley JuniorWill Bradley, Ray McKinley And Junior BradleyAlbum
Will Bradley In Disco Order, Volume OneWill BradleyAlbum
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