Leroy Kirkland

Arranger, bandleader, guitarist and song writer Leroy Kirkland was born on February 10, 1906 and died on April 6, 1988. His career went from the 1930’s pre-swing era to soul. In the 1940s he worked with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and began arranging music at Savoy Records, OKeh Records, Mercury Records and other companies including Chess.

His successes included Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put A Spell On You”, Big Maybelle’s “Gabbin’ Blues” and Barbie Gaye’s original version of “My Boy Lollipop”. He is also associated with Wilbert Harrison, Etta James, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, The Righteous Brothers, The Supremes, Brook Benton and the Five Satins.


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