Will Bradley was a reluctant celebrity. His name became closely associated with boogie-woogie due to the commercial success of "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar," but he much preferred to play ballads. A technically skilled trombonist, Bradley was a busy studio musician throughout much of his career. He worked with Red Nichols (1931-1932) and Ray Noble (1935-1936), but was an unknown (except to his fellow musicians) when he formed a big band in 1939 with Ray McKinley. McKinley's drumming and vocals along with Freddie Slack's piano solos helped the group catch on. But by 1942, Bradley had tired of the project and he returned to the security and anonymity of studio work, only emerging to play Dixieland, ballads, or boogie-woogie on an occasional basis.
- By Scott Yanow
All Music Group