Bass Drum Foot Pedal, used by Ray McKinley

Bass Drum Foot Pedal, used by Ray McKinley

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This bass drum foot pedal was made by Ludwig Drum Company in Chicago, Illinois, 1960s. It is a Bass Drum Beater, Speed King model, made of metal, with a red painted wood beater. The pedal is cast:

SPEED KING
BALL BEARING
TWIN SPRING
PATENTED
Ludwig
CHICAGO

This drum pedal features U.S. Patent #2132211 dated October 4, 1938 by Walter Hueckstead, for a bass drum beater.

This base drum beater is from a drumset used by American jazz drummer, singer, and bandleader Ray McKinley around 1969-1980. Ray McKinley (1910-1995) made his first recordings with Red Nichols, where he worked with Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey, in 1931. McKinley continued to work mostly with Miller and the Dorsey Brothers (Jimmy and Tommy) through 1939. He then was a member of Will Bradley’s band through 1942. After enlisting in the Army in 1942, McKinley joined Glenn Miller’s American Band of The Allied Expeditionary Forces (AEF). After Miller’s disappearance in 1944, McKinley co-led the band with Jerry Gray.

After the war, McKinley formed his own band and worked as a freelance musician. In 1956 he was commissioned by the widow of Glenn Miller to organize a new band under Miller’s name using the original library and style. This band made a successful tour of Iron Curtain countries in 1957 and continued to tour the United States until 1966. McKinley played drums while Buddy DeFranco fronted the band from 1966-1974. McKinley continued to perform through the 1980s.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pedal
Date made
1960s
user
McKinley, Ray
maker
Ludwig Drum Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 27 cm x 10 cm x 32 cm; 10 5/8 in x 3 15/16 in x 12 5/8 in
pedal: 1 in x 4 in x 12 3/8 in; 2.54 cm x 10.16 cm x 31.4325 cm
hammer: 10 1/4 in x 4 5/8 in x 9 1/2 in; 26.035 cm x 11.7475 cm x 24.13 cm
ID Number
1998.0075.12
accession number
1998.0075
catalog number
1998.0075.12
Credit Line
Gift of Gretchen H. McKinley and Jawn McKinley Neville
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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