McKinley Jackson

McKinley Jackson’s impressive discography includes his studio work as a trombonist as well as his songwriting and arranging for Motown, Hot Wax and other labels. His band, The Politicians, not only performed live and cut a now famous self-titled album, but they also served as the house band for Hot Wax and can be heard on “She’s Not Just Another Women” by 100 Proof.  McKinley began arranging while at Motown in the 1960s, where as a trombonist he can be heard on countless hits (his first was “Ooo Baby Baby”). When the songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown to form Hot Wax Records, McKinley was asked to join them as a studio musician and arranger. He can be heard on such classic recordings as “Band of Gold” by Freda Payne, “Want Ads” by Honey Cone and “Give Me Just a Little More Time” by The Chairmen of the Board. As a songwriter he penned or co-wrote “Psycha-Soula Funkadelic,” “Church,” “The World We Live In,” and “Funky Toes.”

Interview Date:
May 7, 2020
Job Title:
Musician, Songwriter, Arranger

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