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The Family of Larry McKinley Releases Official Obituary,
Announces Funeral Arrangements
Larry McKinley, a charismatic and beloved radio personality, music promoter, and record business impresario passed away at his home on December 8, 2013, due to complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He was 85. Known as “Friendly” Larry McKinley, he was a key figure in the overlapping histories of New Orleans rhythm and blues/rock and roll and the city’s radio industry. His sonorous voice was well known in New Orleans from his career as an radio announcer and, later, through his voiceover work on numerous television and radio advertisements, most notably those for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
McKinley was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 13, 1927. After attending Columbia College of Broadcasting, he moved to New Orleans in September 1954 for an internship at radio station WMRY, which later changed its call letters to WYLD-AM. By the late 1950s, McKinley had emerged as one of the most popular and influential deejays in the city, in part due to the “Larry and Frank” show in which he played two characters using different voices. McKinley earned high respect in national circles for more than just his on-air repartee, as major record-labels came to seek his imprimatur before releasing new songs. The executives at Atlantic Records, for instance, felt that McKinley played a crucial role in the success of Ray Charles’s 1959 hit “What’d I Say,” which was the label’s best-selling song at the time. As a testament to his standing in the radio industry, McKinley was inducted into the charter class of the Black Radio Hall of Fame, founded in 1998 by legendary deejay Jack “The Rapper” Gibson. In 1959, McKinley co-founded Minit Records at the behest of Joe Banashak, a local record-business veteran. He also promoted local concerts by national R&B superstars, including James Brown, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and The Jackson 5. New Orleans musicians often opened the shows, many of which took place at the Municipal Auditorium, giving homegrown performers a prime opportunity to broaden their exposure and ascend in the music business. In 1970, McKinley embarked on a long and productive relationship with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, serving on the board of the festival’s foundation, recording promos and commercials for the festival, and later presiding as master of ceremonies at the annual Foundation Gala. He returned to radio in 1975 to host a show on WNNR-AM and to serve as the station’s program director. He later became a leader in political and public relations campaigns for various candidates and clients. Along with longtime friend Judge Eddie Sapir, he hosted an interview show on local cable-access television. Many of their guests were former colleagues of McKinley’s from his early days in the industry.
In addition to his induction into the Black Radio Hall of Fame, McKinley was awarded an OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Music Business Award in 2005, and he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Larry McKinley is survived by his four daughters, Melody McKinley (Edward) Watters of New Orleans, Joy McKinley (Kenneth) Chancellor of New Orleans, Glenda McKinley English of New Orleans, and Dana McKinley (Lloyd) Landburg of New Bern, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Navis Hill Robinson, Blair Brown Zeigler, Shon Cockerham, Ernest McKinley English, Maya Sophia English, and Catilyn Ann-Marie Kelly; ten great-grandchildren; his long time companion Betty A. McLin; and a host of family, friends, and admiring New Orleanians. He is preceded in death by his father, the late Jesse McKinley, his mother, the late Ester Fontaine Jordan, and an only brother, the late Kenneth McKinley. The public is invited to a memorial celebration on Monday, December 16, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Lawless Memorial Chapel at Dillard University, located at 2601 Gentilly Boulevard in New Orleans. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the same location. A private burial will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.
Larry McKinley, the co-founder of Minit Records and the latter-day voice of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, died Sunday of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 85.
Mr. McKinley worked at local radio station WMRY-FM – it later became WYLD-AM -- in various capacities throughout the 1950s. As an influential disc jockey, he helped launch scores of hit records, including Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.”
By the late 1950s, he was managing a local rhythm & blues singer named Ernie K-Doe. In 1959, Mr. McKinley co-founded Minit Records with record promotions man Joe Banashak, who owned a record distribution company called A-1. Both men reportedly invested $650 to finance the label’s earliest recordings.
They hired a young piano player and songwriter named Allen Toussaint as the label’s in-house producer and arranger. With Toussaint directing recording sessions and, in many cases, writing the songs, Minit would release a string of classic singles. They included K-Doe’s signature 1961 smash “Mother-in-Law,” which hit No. 1 on the national charts. Other New Orleans artists on the Minit roster included Irma Thomas (“Ruler of My Heart,” “It’s Raining”); Benny Spellman (“Lipstick Traces,” “Fortune Teller”); Jessie Hill (“Ooh Poo Pah Doo”), and Chris Kenner (“I Like It Like That”).
Mr. McKinley also promoted local concerts by touring R&B acts of the day, including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, the Four Tops, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson.
Years later, Mr. McKinley joined the governing board of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owned and oversaw the fledgling festival. After leaving the board, he helped to market and promote the festival. Jazz Fest grew from a small, mostly local event to one with an international audience that is a major force in the city’s cultural economy.
Virtually every single one of the hundreds of thousands of Jazz Fest attendees each year hears Mr. McKinley’s recorded voice projecting from the converted ice chest speakers stationed at the Fair Grounds entrances. In a pleasant yet authoritative baritone, he welcomes attendees, lists prohibited items, runs down other rules and regulations, and provides directions.
In a 2008 interview with The Times-Picayune’s Dave Walker, Mr. McKinley described how his voice was often recognized by Jazz Fest attendees around the country.
“One time I was in Philadelphia at the airport," McKinley recalled. “I was waiting for a plane, and at one of the kiosks I made an order. And so a young lady was standing right behind me. Had a Penn State sweatshirt on. And when I placed my order, she looked at me and said, 'Are you from New Orleans?’
“I said, ‘Yeah.’
“She says, ‘The Jazz Fest? I recognize that voice.’"
“I said, 'Yep, I got out of that box.’”
Mr. McKinley lost most of his memorabilia from his long career when the levee breaches during Hurricane Katrina flooded his home in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood.
He received OffBeat magazine’s Best of the Beat Music Business Award in 2005, and was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.