Paul McKinnon has a "storied" past in the Music Industry. In the late "sixties" he toured with "Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels", with a group called "The Good Earth" whose lead vocalist, "Oliver", recorded the well-known hits, "Good Morning Starshine" & "Jean, Jean". The Good Earth had moderate success with their Bob Crewe produced album "How Deep is The Ocean" on the Dynovoice label. Paul is listed in DRUMMERS' DIRECTORY, an international listing of famous drummers as well as in BOSTON'S ROCK & ROLL MUSEUM. Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, Paul began performing professionally at the legendary "Commodore Ballroom", (Later renamed Mr C's Rock Palace), in Lowell with the house band, "Little John and Sherwoods".

The group was the opening act at the Commodore for just about every late sixties group known at that time,including "The Yardbirds, Loving Spoonful, Young Rascals, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Wilson Pickett, The Cream, The Vanilla Fudge, Four Seasons, The Troggs,The Byrds,The Association, The Hollies, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The McCoys, Spencer Davis Group, The Jeff Beck Group,The Animals, The Turtles, B.J. Thomas, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, Neil Diamond and many more!
During that period, Paul was known for his "Long, blazing Drum Solos". He soon caught the attention of some"big-name" people & was compared to Keith Moon, & Ginger Baker. Paul was considered one of the hardest working drummers of that era.
The Sherwoods, which included Paul, as well as "Little John Harrington" (legendary New England guitarist), bassist Barry Bluffer and guitarist Ricky Ziener  later, formed "The Good Earth" & replaced "The Doors" as Mitch Ryder's opening act.
Paul has plenty of Blues and R & B memories also as he performed at the Peppermint Lounge in Lowell Massachusetts as well as the club of the same name at Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts with the house band opening for many of the 10+ piece bands of the sixties when most of the over 21 crowd was into "Soul". 

The "highlight" of Paul's musical career occured on March 25, 1968 ,in Cleveland, while performing with "The Good Earth" at a place called "Otto's Grotto". It was a rare club "Gig" for the group, as they were usually on the road with The Mitch Ryder Show.
Jimi Hendrix was in town because of an upcoming concert.  "Jimi" was spotted in the audience and, during one of the group's breaks, was half-jokingly asked to sit in. (Actually, some people thought he was just a look-alike!). Paul, and everyone else there that night  were amazed to see "Jimi" return twenty minutes later, with his "Strat" in hand, to join the group on stage.
"Foxy Lady" & "Fire" were performed in front of a relatively small Monday night crowd. This particular event inspired Paul to later write a song called "Rock & Roll Heaven" (Hey Joe! Are you rockin' with Jimi these days, Hey Janis! Are you dancing with Bobby McGee?). Hendrix also inspired Paul's "King of his Game".
Paul also had the great pleasure of opening for Janis Joplin, twice!

Paul McKinnon has been, and still is, a much sought after sideman.
Paul now resides in Fenvick, Ontario.  Since moving to Canada, in 1981, he has shared the stage with Randy Bachman, (The Guess Who & BTO), former Rolling Stone, Mick Taylor, Natalie MacMaster, Blue Rodeo & others. Paul also had the pleasure of meeting Ringo Starr in 2008.
Paul was a member of The James Anthony Band for the better part of 2002 & 2003.  Paul is now an independent drummer who loves performing with serious musicians who truly love performing while having fun doing so.




 "Off The Cuff" was just that!  Recorded many, many moons ago during a pause at a recording session.  It has been re-recorded on to a tape, (much hissing) turn up your volume!                   PLAY THE .MP3 BELOW  TO LISTEN TO PAUL'S DRUM SOLO

Drum Solo-PAUL MCKINNON-Off The Cuff.mp3

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