Wilk McKean

Wilk McKean was born and raised in New Orleans and grew up with the sounds of Dixieland jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop. At the age of nine, his grandfather bought him a trumpet, and he learned the basics of music, hoping to be the next Al Hurt. In 1963, when he heard the Beatles on the radio, his life changed forever. He bought his first guitar at the age of twelve and began to play with true passion. He played his first professional gig at the age of fifteen, and by the time he was legal to perform in clubs, he had already played his share of them.

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McKean subsequently played in groups with names like The Shadows of Eternity, Potter's Field, and Bayou. During this time, he also had the opportunity to work as a vocalist in some of the area's top recording studios. At the same time, he was also compiling a nice collection of original music and sold several radio jingles.

In 1979, Wilk helped form a group called Flite, which continues to be a very popular musical influence on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain. He stayed with Flite, playing numerous venues including clubs, weddings, private parties, Mardi Gras balls and fairs until 1989.

In April of 1989, McKean left the U.S. for a seven-year European tour. While living in England and Germany, he played with a pair of German musicians in a trio called The Night Dogs. When he returned to the States in 1996, he decided to settle in Pensacola and is still happy to call it home.

Song List

  • Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
  • Ain't to Proud to Beg - Temptations
  • All My Loving - Beatles
  • All Night Long - Lionel Ritchie
  • All of Me - Frank Sinatra
  • Always on my Mind - Willie Nelson
  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
  • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
  • Black Magic Woman - Santana
  • Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
  • Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson
  • Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
  • Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf
  • Boot Scootin' Boogie - Brooks and Dunn
  • Brandy - Looking Glass
  • Brick House - Commodores
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • California Dreaming - Mamas and Papas
  • Can't Get Enough of Your Love - Bad Company
  • Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis
  • Can I Have This Dance - Anne Murray
  • Carolina in My Mind - James Taylor
  • Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin
  • Celebration - Commodores
  • Changes in Latitudes - Jimmy Buffet
  • Chattahoochie - Alan Jackson
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffett
  • Color My World - Chicago
  • Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett
  • Country Roads - John Denver
  • Crazy - Patsy Cline
  • Crocodile Rock - Elton John
  • Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
  • Desperado - Eagles
  • Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
  • Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
  • Double Shot - Swinging Medallions
  • Down Under - Men at Work
  • Electric Slide - Marcia Griffiths
  • Escape (Pina Colada) - Rupert Holmes
  • Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  • Feels So Right - Alabama
  • Fields of Gold - Sting
  • Fins - Jimmy Buffett
  • Fire and Rain - James Taylor
  • Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
  • For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
  • For the Good Times - Ray Price
  • Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
  • Georgia - Ray Charles
  • Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Gimmie One Reason - Tracy Chapman
  • Girl from Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Givin' it Up - Delbert McClinton
  • God Bless the USA - Lee Greenwood
  • Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  • Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Groovin' - The Young Rascals
  • Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart
  • Heart of Gold - Neil Young
  • Heart of Rock 'n Roll - Huey Lewis
  • Hello - Lionel Ritchie
  • Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones
  • How Sweet it Is - James Taylor
  • Hurt's So Good - John Mellencamp
  • I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
  • I Feel Good - James Brown
  • I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
  • I Swear - John Michael Montgomery
  • I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth
  • If I said You Had a Beautiful Body - Belamy Brothers
  • If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
  • It's Five O'clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson
  • It's Impossible - Frank Sinatra
  • It's Now or Never - Elvis
  • It Had to be You - Frank Sinatra
  • Jack and Dianne - John Mellencamp
  • Jamaican Farewell - Harry Belafonte
  • Jambalaya - Hank Williams
  • Johnny B. Good - Chuck Berry
  • Jolly Mon - Jimmy Buffett
  • Jump, Jive and Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Just a Gigolo - Louie Prima
  • Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
  • Kansas City - Albert King
  • Key Largo - Bertie Higgins
  • Hot Hot Hot - Buster Poindexter
  • House of the Risin' Sun - The Animals
  • Hotel California - Eagles
  • Hound Dog - Elvis
  • How Sweet it Is - James Taylor
  • Hurt's So Good - John Mellencamp
  • I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
  • I Feel Good - James Brown
  • I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
  • I Swear - John Michael Montgomery
  • I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth
  • If I said You Had a Beautiful Body - Belamy Brothers
  • If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
  • It's Five O'clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson
  • It's Impossible - Frank Sinatra
  • It's Now or Never - Elvis
  • It Had to be You - Frank Sinatra
  • Jack and Dianne - John Mellencamp
  • Jamaican Farewell - Harry Belafonte
  • Jambalaya - Hank Williams
  • Johnny B. Good - Chuck Berry
  • Jolly Mon - Jimmy Buffett
  • Jump, Jive and Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Just a Gigolo - Louie Prima
  • Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
  • Kansas City - Albert King
  • Key Largo - Bertie Higgins
  • Kingston Town - UB40
  • Knock on Wood - Eddie Floyd
  • Kokomo - Beach Boys
  • La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
  • Lady - Kenny Rogers
  • Lady in Red - Chris DeBerg
  • Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
  • Layla - Eric Clapton
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green
  • Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dillon
  • Limbo Rock - Chubby Checker
  • Louie, Louie - Kingsmen
  • Louisiana Saturday Night - Jimmy C. Newman
  • Love the One You're With - Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • Love Will Keep Us Alive - Eagles
  • Lying Eyes - Eagles
  • Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
  • Maggie May - Rod Stewart
  • Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
  • Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
  • Melissa - Allman Brothers
  • Memphis - Chuck Berry
  • Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
  • Misty - Johnny Mathis
  • Moon Dance - Van Morrison
  • Moon River - Andy Williams
  • More - Frank Sinatra
  • Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
  • My Girl - Temptations
  • My Way - Frank Sinatra
  • New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
  • Old Time Rock 'n Roll - Bob Sieger
  • On and On - Stephen Bishop
  • On the Road Again - Willie Nelson
  • Operator - Jim Croce
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles
  • Pirate Looks at Forty - Jimmy Buffet
  • Play that Funky Music - Wild Cherry
  • Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
  • Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Red, Red Wine - UB40
  • Rhythm of the Falling Rain - Cascades
  • Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets
  • Rocky Top - Osborne Brothers
  • Sailing - Christopher Cross
  • Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
  • Save the Last Dance - The Drifters
  • Shout - Isley Brothers
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Platters
  • Smooth - Santana
  • Something to Talk About - Bonnie Rait
  • Son of a Sailor - Jimmy Buffet
  • Soul Man - Sam and Dave
  • Spanish Eyes - Al Martino
  • Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  • Stand by Me - Ben E. King
  • Stir it Up - Bob Marley
  • Stormy Monday - Allman Brothers
  • Surfin' USA - Beach Boys
  • Sweet Caroline - Neal Diamond
  • Sweet Home Alabama - Lynrd Skynrd
  • Sweet Home Chicago - Blues Brothers
  • Takin' Care of Business - Bachman Turner Overdrive
  • Takin' It Easy - Eagles
  • Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
  • Tequila Sunrise - Eagles
  • The Joker - Steve Miller
  • The Letter - The Box Tops
  • The Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
  • The Thrill is Gone - BB King
  • The Twist - Chubby Checker
  • They Can't Take That Away - Frank Sinatra
  • Third Rate Romance - Amazing Rhythm Aces
  • Three Times a Lady - Lionel Ritchie
  • Through the Years - Kenny Rogers
  • Turn the Page - Bob Sieger
  • Twist and Shout - Beatles
  • Twisting the Night Away - Sam Cooke
  • Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
  • Under the Boardwalk - Drifters
  • Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
  • Volcano - Jimmy Buffet
  • We've Got Tonight - Bob Sieger
  • What a Difference a Day Makes - Dinah Washington
  • When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
  • When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
  • Wipe Out - Surfaris
  • Wonderful World - Louie Armstrong
  • Woolly Bully - Sam the Sham
  • Y.M.C.A. - Village People
  • You Look Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • You May Be Right - Billy Joel
  • You Never Even Called Me by My Name - David Allen Coe
  • You've Lost That Loving Feeling - Righteous Brothers
  • Your Mama Don't Dance - Loggins and Messina
  • Your Song - Elton John
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