Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 3/10/07 - 3/16/07)

THIS WEEK'S SELECTIONS ARE DEDICATED TO MATTHEW McKINNEY

"Whirlpool"/"You're Just A Great Big Heartache"
by The Cabineers
on Abbey 72 & 3003
released in 1949


[Above image provided by Paul Ressler.]
Above: Photo of The Cabineers. (Top L-R) Bill Westbrook (tenor), Matt McKinney (bass), Count Cablo (baritone), (Bottom) Maggie Furman (alto).

Click HERE for an article about The Cabineers by Marv Goldberg and George Moonoogian.
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[Above image provided by Anna Maria McKinney.]
Above: Adriel McDonald's Ink Spots (L-R) Abel DeCosta, Richard Lanham, Matt McKinney, and Adriel McDonald. McKinney was also with Charlie Ward's Ink Spots and Bob Williams' Ink Spots.

Rites Here For Former Member Of "Ink Spots"

Matthew McKinney, 66, of West Burkhead Street in Whiteville, a former member of the renowned Ink Spots musical group, died Saturday, March 23, 1981 at Veterans' Hospital in Fayetteville. He had resided in Whiteville since 1977.
 
Mr. McKinney was a Florida native, the son of the late J.C. and Anna McKinney. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of American Legion Post 233 in Whiteville.
 
He attended Florida Normal Boarding school and later studied music in Chicago, also at New York University. Mr. McKinney then joined a musical group called The Cabineers.
 
Drafted into the U.S. Army on August 23, 1944, he was discharged on April 11, 1945. He came out of service disabled, but continued with the music he so dearly loved despite his handicaps.
 
It was in 1958 that he joined the famous Ink Spots and traveled around the world and to many of the great cities in it. His group entertained many persons, including the King and Queen of England.
 
Mr. McKinney had belonged to several churches in his early years, but after moving to North Carolina he became interested and studied with the Jehovah's Witnesses.
 
Final rites were held Wednesday, April 1 at 12 noon at the Whiteville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses by James Rogers, with burial in the Wilmington National Cemetery.
 
Mr. McKinney is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred M. McKinney; children, Charles McKinney of Okeechobee, Fla., William McKinney, a patient at Willowbrook Hospital, Staten Island, N.Y., Anna McKinney, Matthew McKinney, Jr. and Parrish McKinney of the home; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

[Above obituary provided by Matthew's daughter, Anna Maria McKinney.]


Above: Label image for Abbey 3003. This is the "Rhythm & Blues Series" reissue of Abbey 72, both released in 1949. Matt McKinney was with The Cabineers on all their Abbey and Decca releases.

Listen to this week's selections by The Cabineers: [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
 
  A) Click on the option below for Streaming RealAudio
 
     Whirlpool - Abbey 72 & 3003 - 1949
 
     You're Just A Great Big Heartache - Abbey 72 & 3003 - 1949
 
     BOTH SONGS played in sequence

  B) Click on the option below to Download RealAudio
 
     Whirlpool - Abbey 72 & 3003 - 1949
 
     You're Just A Great Big Heartache - Abbey 72 & 3003 - 1949

 [Image at left provided by George Moonoogian. The Cabineers (Top) Count Cablo,(Mid L-R) Bill Westbrook, Maggie Furman, Matt McKinney, (Bot) Guitarist Ike Dasie]

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