Al McKay, guitarist
Guitarist ~ Keyboardist ~ Songwriter
Ike & Tina Turner Revue ~ Earth Wind & Fire

Al McKay

February 2, 1948, Los Angeles, CA

Guitarist, songwriter, producer and former Earth, Wind & Fire member Al McKay is the Kevin Bacon of Soul Music. It is tough to find an important artist in the genre that is more that two degrees of separation from him. Hailing from New Orleans, McKay cut his chops as a guitarist as part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. He followed this with short stints with Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd St. Band and as part of Sammy Davis's backing band. By this time, McKay had become a much sought after session guitarist in L.A. and performed with a number of acts. Ultimately, his reputation landed him a spot with an up-and-coming group out of Chicago named Earth, Wind & Fire. ~ Soultracks: Al McKay ~ retrieved January 29, 2014 © Soultracks

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February 29, 1964 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) the 4 Seasons, Dawn (Go Away) ~ #2 (2) the Beatles, She Loves You ~ #1 (1) the Beatles, I Wanna Hold Your Hand


Al McKay ~ Inducted in the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame ~ Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and commercially invincible contemporary pop/R&B music forces of the 20th century. Members Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay are known for their signature sound of fusing pop, R&B, rock, latin, funk, jazz and African music to win numerous awards. ~ 2010 © Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Earth Wind & Fire

some band info might not apply to Al McKay, who left in 1981

Innovative yet popular, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing, Earth, Wind & Fire changed the sound of black pop in the 1970s - their encyclopedic sound topping Latin-funk rhythms with gospel harmonies, unerring horns, Philip Bailey's sweet falsetto, and various exotic ingredients chosen by leader and producer Maurice White. Unlike their ideological rivals, the down and dirty but equally eclectic Parliament/Funkadelic, EW&F have always preached clean, uplifting messages. ~ Rolling Stone: Earth, Wind & Fire ~ retrieved November 25, 2013 © Rolling Stone

Earth, Wind & Fire ~ Inducted in the 2003 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame ~ Do you remember the first time you ever heard Earth, Wind & Fire? Do you remember smiling, singing along, shaking your rump or cuddling with your loved one while listening to their albums? ~ 2003 © Vocal Group Hall Of Fame

Earth, Wind & Fire ~ That's The Way Of The World (1975) ~ Ranked #290 DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.

Earth Wind & Fire ~ I Am (1979) ~ #16 NME Best Albums Of 1979.

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