Earl Gaines

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

19 August 1935, Decater, Alabama, USA. Gaines is one of the finest examples of the southern style of deep soul that draws heavily from gospel singing, so much so that the music is almost identical to gospel music, but with secular lyrics. Gaines moved with his family to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1951. He first gained fame as the vocalist with Louis Brooks And His Hi-Toppers, and it is Gaines’ voice that is heard on the group’s lone hit single, ‘It’s Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)’ (number 2 R&B, 1955), released on the Excello Records. Gaines achieved success under his own name in 1966 on HBR with ‘The Best Of Luck To You’ (number 28 R&B), and in 1973 on Sound Stage 7 with ‘Hymn Number 5’ (number 36 R&B), a remake of Mighty Hamilton’s hit from 1966. In 1995, after a long break from the music business, Gaines made the first album of his career, I Believe In Your Love, for Appaloosa. Recorded in Nashville by...

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