Formed in Ripley, Oklahoma in the early 1920s, the band was first known as McGinty's Oklahoma Cowboy Band, for the leader, Billy McGinty, a well-known cowboy, former Rough Rider, and World Championship Rider with Buffalo Bill's show.
The band members were authentic cowboys from ranches in and around Ripley. Their first promoter, George Youngblood, introduced them saying, "I wish to say of this bunch of cowboys that they are not only good fiddlers, but can ride or rope anything that has horns, hide or hair." After McGinty left to become the post master at Ripley, Otto Gray (1884-1967), took over as bandleader as well as manager. With the extensive traveling generated from their popularity, the original band member dropped out to stay with their jobs and families. Gray filled their places with professional musicians willing to spend most of their time on the road.
One of their most popular tunes was "Midnight Special'', performed by member Dave "Pistol Pete" Cutrell; Cutrell's "Pistol Pete's Midnight Special" with McGinty's band was also the first version of "Midnight Special" ever recorded.
The band lasted until the early 1930s when economic situations led them to disband.
|Recording Date||Matrix No.||Title||Record Label|
|May 1926||9650-1||"Pistol Pete's Midnight Special"||OKeh 45057|
|May 1926||9648-A||"Cow Boy's Dream"||OKeh 45057|
|January 17, 1928||13365-A||"It Can't Be Done"||Gennett 6376|
|January 17, 1928||13366||"Adam And Eve"||Gennett 6376|
|January 17, 1928||13367||"Lone Prairie"||Gennett unissued|
|January 28, 1928||13409||"Bury Me On The Lone Prairie"||Gennett 6405|
|January 28, 1928||13411||"Drunkards Lone Child"||Gennett 6405|
|September 17, 1928||C-2320||"Tom Cat Blues"||Vocalion 5267|
|September 17, 1928||C-2319||"Coon Hunt"||Vocalion 5267|
|March 12 or 13, 1929||C-3110||"I Can't Change It"||Vocalion 5337|
|March 12 or 13, 1929||C-3111||"Midnight Special"||Vocalion 5337|
|February 16, 1931||E-35856||"Who Stole The Lock On The Henhouse Door"||Melotone M12182|
|February 16, 1931||E-35860||"4000 Years Ago"||Melotone M12182|