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Monday, 31 December 2012

Sheila McKinley (vocals)

(Also known as: Sheila Casey)
BANDS:
BANDPERIODDETAILS
The McKinleys [1962-1971]4 albums
Les Humphries Singers [1973-1975]6 albums
Paice Ashton & Lord [Mar 78-Apr 78]2 albums
The Slobs   
Howie Casey Band   
The Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra  1 album

BIOGRAPHY:

Great vocalist, Sheila McKinley (although most of her solo singles were credited to Sheila McKinlay) was born in Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland on December 12th, 1941 (some other sources say 1946).


THE MCKINLEYS


The first band I know is The McKinleys, formed by sisters Sheila and Jeanette, around 1962:

THE MCKINLEYS #1
1962-1971
Sheila McKinley
vocals
Jeanette McKinley
vocals

They released several singles. Some of them supposedly contain Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan on guitar. They also toured under the different name of The McKinley Sisters. They were on the bill on some of The Beatles´ early tours, back in 1964.

After a while, they moved to Germany, where they enjoyed bigger success.

Around 1971, they dropped the name, although Jeanette and Sheila still worked together from time to time (for example, touring with Paice Ashton & Lord or with The Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra).

Other info on members of The McKinleys (I know up to 2 members)
To be covered (1): Jeanette McKinley


LES HUMPHRIES SINGERS


Sheila McKinley toured and sang with Les Humphries Singers, but can´t find proper info about the period and lineups where she was involved:

LES HUMPHRIES SINGERS #?
?
Les Humphries
vocals
Sheila McKinley
vocals
+ many others unknown to me. Help!

I think she stayed with the band from 1973 to 1975, maybe appearing with them in some later comeback. Can someone help here, please?

Other info on members of Les Humphries Singers (I know up to 34 members)
Already covered (1): Dave Caswell
Old pages (1): Dick Parry
To be covered (4): Howie Casey, Mick Clarke, John Lawton, Barry St John


AND THEN...


Sheila met Howie Casey in 1975. They married in 1980 (that´s why sometimes she appears credited as Sheila Casey), moving to Bournemoth, where they remained very active in the local scene.


PAICE ASHTON & LORD


Being a quintet, the band expanded to an 11-piece for 5 concerts in England during March and April 1978:

PAICE ASHTON & LORD #?
Mar 78-Apr 78
Tony Ashton
vocals, keyboards
Bernie Marsden
guitar
Paul Martinez
bass
Jon Lord
keyboards
Ian Paice
drums
+
Howie Casey
sax
Reg Brooks
trombone
Gilbert Dall´Ense
horns
Sheila McKinley
backing vocals
Jeanette McKinley
backing vocals

Other info on members of Paice Ashton & Lord (I know up to 11 members)
Already covered (2): Dave Caswell, Jon Lord
Old pages (2): Bernie Marsden, Paul Martinez
To be covered (5): Tony Ashton, Reg Brooks, Howie Casey, Jeanette McKinley, Ian Paice


THE SLOBS


This was the original lineup for Bournemouth band The Slobs, band founded by piano player Mick Tobias with local musicians, in order to play their own gigs between their tours and sessions:

THE SLOBS #1
?
Sheila McKinley
vocals
Martin Jenner
guitar
Pat Davey
bass
Mick Tobias
piano
Howie Casey
sax
Malcolm Smith
drums, vocals

There were different lineups while Dave Caswell played with them (from 1983 to 1986), but don´t know more details. Help, please!

This was one of the lineups for The Slobs in 2001:

THE SLOBS #?
2001
Sheila McKinley
vocals
Richard Walker
guitar
Jim Cobb
bass
Howie Casey
sax
Tony Myers
sax, vocals
James Walker
drums
+ a keyboardist, unknown to me


HOWIE CASEY BAND


This was Howie Casey´s All Stars, a different evolution from The Slobs:

HOWIE CASEY BAND #?
?
Howie Casey
sax
Sheila McKinley
vocals
Malcolm Smith
vocals
Mark Arnold
guitar
Martin Kitcher
bass
Matt Johnson
keyboards
Paul Gill
drums

Soon, Howie Casey´s All Stars added more musicians to the horn section:

HOWIE CASEY BAND #?
?
Howie Casey
sax
Sheila McKinley
vocals
Malcolm Smith
vocals
Mark Arnold
guitar
Martin Kitcher
bass
Matt Johnson
keyboards
Tony Waller
trumpet
Steve Hayes
trombone
Paul Gill
drums

This was the Howie Casey´s All Stars special lineup (including veteran mate Roy Young) who played at Star Club 50th anniversary:

HOWIE CASEY BAND #?
?
Howie Casey
sax
Sheila McKinley
vocals
Maureen Anderson
vocals
Tim Wedlake
guitar
Martin Kitcher
bass
Roy Young
keyboards
Steve Darrel Smith
keyboards
Tony Waller
trumpet
Steve Hayes
trombone
+drummer unknown to me. Help!

Other info on members of Howie Casey Band (I know up to 16 members)
Already covered (1): Dave Caswell
To be covered (6): Howie Casey, Steve Hayes, Martin Kitcher, Steve Smith, Tony Waller, Roy Young


THE BARRELHOUSE BLUES ORCHESTRA


A mega project assembled by the late guitarist Paul Hart in January 2003, the orchestra has included great players, but with more than 20 members, trying to get accurate info about lineups is almost impossible. These are some of the musicians that have belonged to the orchestra:

THE BARRELHOUSE BLUES ORCHESTRA #?
?
Paul Hart
guitar
Marcus Marriot
conductor
Johnny Mars
vocals
Chris Lonergan
bass
Gren Fraser
keyboards
Steve Smith
keyboards
Alan Jenkins
trumpet
Andy Urquart
trumpet
Jon Dart
trumpet
Howie Casey
sax
Peter Bettle
sax
Dave Burgess
sax
Clive Ashley
sax
Steve Hayes
trombone
Lucy-Ann Allen
violin
Chas Dickie
cello
Alan Edwards
drums
Victoria Hardy
vocals
Sheila McKinley
vocals
+ others unknown to me

Other info on members of The Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra (I know up to 35 members)
Already covered (1): Helen Hardy
To be covered (7): Pete Brown, Annette Brox, Howie Casey, Steve Hayes, Johnny Mars, Jeanette McKinley, Steve Smith


THE SLOBS (again)


As far as I know, this is the latest incarnation of The Slobs, probably around 2009:

THE SLOBS #?
?
Sheila McKinley
vocals
Malcolm Smith
vocals
Ritchie Lund
guitar
Pat Davey
bass
Steve Smith
keyboards
Tony Waller
trumpet
Howie Casey
sax
Steve Hayes
trombone
Paul Gill
drums

Other info on members of The Slobs (I know up to 19 members)
Already covered (2): Dave Caswell, Martin Jenner
To be covered (7): Tony Ashton, Howie Casey, Pat Davey, Steve Hayes, Ritchie Lund, Steve Smith, Tony Waller

Sadly, Sheila McKinley passed away on December 16th, 2012, due to cancer. What a sad loss.

DISCOGRAPHY: (22 albums known to me - Status: In progress)

OWN ALBUMS (5 credits)
  • I remember / Sunday night school girl (SINGLE) - Sheila McKinlay (1971)

  • Ich geh´ mit dir (If not for you) / Du bist da (SINGLE) - Sheila McKinlay (1971)

  • And when the war is over / Listen to little children (SINGLE) - Sheila McKinlay (1971)

  • Ringel rangel rosen / Sacramento (SINGLE) - Sheila McKinlay (1972)

    • Members: (RIP: Sheila McKinley)
    • Comments: The A-side is a German version of ´Ring a ring of roses´, while the B-side is a cover of the Middle Of The Road hit.
  • Goodbye my love (SINGLE) - Sheila McKinley (1977)

ALBUMS AS A BAND MEMBER (14 credits)
  • Someone cares for me / Million miles away (SINGLE) - The McKinleys (March 1964)

  • Then I´ll know it´s love / When he comes along (SINGLE) - McKinleys (June 1964)

  • Sweet and tender romance / That lonely feeling (SINGLE) - The McKinleys (November 1964)

  • Give him my love / Once more (SINGLE) - The McKinleys (May 1965)

  • Carnival - The Les Humphries Singers (1973)

  • One of these days - The Les Humphries Singers (1974)

  • Kansas city - Les Humphries Singers (1974)

    • Members: John Lawton (RIP: Jimmy Bilsbury, Elvira Herbert, Les Humphries, Sheila McKinley)
  • Live for today - The Les Humphries Singers (1975)

  • Family show - Les Humphries Singers (1975)

  • Malice in wonderland - Paice Ashton & Lord (March 1977)

    • Members: Reg Brooks, Howie Casey, Dave Caswell, Bernie Marsden, Paul Martinez, Jeanette McKinley, Ian Paice (RIP: Tony Ashton, Jon Lord, Sheila McKinley)
    • Producer: Martin Birch
    • Comments: Recorded during September and October 1976. Some CD reissues contains 3 live bonus tracks, while others (2001 reissue) contain 8 bonus tracks taken from the sessions for their unreleased second album.
  • BBC Radio 1 live in concert - Paice Ashton & Lord (1992) (LIVE)

  • ...on my mind - Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra (2003)

  • This guitar kills! More 60s groups & sessions - Jimmy Page (2003)

    • Members: Jeff Beck, Marianne Faithfull, Mickey Finn, Johnny Halliday, Jeanette McKinley, Jimmy Page (RIP: Neil Christian, Bobby Graham, Heinz, Sheila McKinley, Mickie Most)
    • Comments: 2CD compilation of tracks from the 60s where Jimmy Page appeared as sessionman. It features tracks by Neil Christian, Carter Lewis & The Southerners, The Redcaps, Dave Berry, Antoinette, Mickey Finn & The Blue Men, Mickie Most & The Gear, Louise Cordet, The Authentics, Brenda Lee, The McKinleys (featuring Sheila McKinley and Jeanette McKinley), Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Graham, Kenny & Deny, Heinz & The Wild Boys, The Talismen, Vashti, Marianne Faithfull, Burt Bacharach, The Larry Page Orchestra, The Pretty Things, The London Studio Group, Jeff Beck and Johnny Halliday.
  • Live 1971-1975 - The Les Humphries Singers (August 2012)

    • Members: Howie Casey, Dave Caswell, John Lawton, Dick Parry, Barry St John (RIP: Jimmy Bilsbury, Elvira Herbert, Les Humphries, Sheila McKinley)
    • Guests: Reg Brooks, Gibson Kemp, Norman Leppard, John Mumford, Arthur Ramm
    • Comments: 2CD containing different live concerts from November 1971 and April 1973.
ALBUMS WITH BANDMATES AND FRIENDS (3 credits)
  • Banquet - Lucifer´s Friend (1974)

    • Members: John Lawton
    • Guests: Herb Geller (RIP: Heinz Habermann, Elvira Herbert, Sheila McKinley)
    • Comments: Recorded during January and June 1974.
  • Das Erste mal - Marius Müller-Westernhagen (January 1975)

  • Live at Abbey Road 2000 - Tony Ashton And Friends (July 2006)

    • Members: (RIP: Tony Ashton)
    • Guests: Chris Barber, John ´Rabbit´ Bundrick, Howie Casey, Robert Hart, Bernie Marsden, Jeanette McKinley, Micky Moody, Neil Murray, Gary Nuttall, Ian Paice, Nigel Portman Smith, Zak Starkey, Geoff Whitehorn, Laurie Wisefield, Pete York (RIP: John Entwistle, Jon Lord, Sheila McKinley)

QUESTIONS:

01. Does anybody know if she appears on any album by James Last?

02. She made some recordings for Paul McCartney, but don´t know if they were release. Does anybody know?

03. Which is the single by The McKinleys where Big Jim Sullivan played?

04. Can someone tell me in which other albums by Les Humphries Singers does Sheila appear, please?

05. Has Sheila worked with Mott The Hoople?

06. Can someone confirm me if Sheila recorded with Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Hollies, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Catherina Valente, Vicky Leandros and Demis Roussos?


RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 6


Official site(s) - tell them you saw the link here:

From the always interesting Alex's Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:

From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

Wikipedia doesn´t want to include links to this website, but I won´t do the same with them. So, from the great Wikipedia, we have:

Assorted links:

RELATED VIDEO LINKS: 2
Disclaimer: I don´t own or upload any of the videos linked here. I just include links to live videos that are already available, in order to show the work of this musician. Anyway, if someone feels that some link shouldn't be included, please write me at the email address shown below. And if you know of more videos featuring Sheila McKinley, please, also write me with the link.
THANKS:

Very Special Thanks to:
  • Dave Caswell: for info on the original lineup for The Slobs (2012).
  • Annie Christopher: for info on Sheila & Howie Casey & The Slobs (2012).
  • Martin Kitcher: for info on The Slobs and Howie Casey (2006).

  • Special Thanks to:
  • John H Warburg: for biographical info (2012).
  • Peter Kutej: for info on Sheila appearances in Les Humphries Singers albums, as well as about Clambake and other singles (2013).

  • RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Sheila McKinley mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Jeanette McKinley (8)
    Les Humphries (7)
    Howie Casey (4)
    Tony Ashton (3)
    Dave Brian (3)
    Reg Brooks (3)
    Dave Caswell (3)
    Elvira Herbert (3)
    Peter Hesslein (3)
    John Lawton (3)

    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 31/December/2012 - Last modified on: 18/January/2013. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

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    2 comments:

    1. Yes, Sheila was with THE LES HUMPHRIES SINGERS 1973-75 and during the 1st comeback 91-93. I always loved her voice.

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      1. Re. Does anybody know if she appears on any album by James Last?: She appeared with Last on the German TV show Starparade, lip-synching to a couple of songs from Last's album "Sing mit" - the vocal group appearing on the show was mainly Last's English choir (Sue Glover, Sunny Leslie, Russell Stone, etc.) plus a few German vocalists including Karin Menke and Antje Busch. Sheila was based in Hamburg at the time, doing some solo singles as well as singing with the Les Humphries Singers, so it's possible that she may have done some session work with Last (some of his musicians also played on Les Humphries' records).

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