Gary U.S. Bonds

Genres: Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": oldies rock soul blues rnb party rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Songfacts Wikipedia Wikipedia


Gary Anderson, 6 June 1939, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Having initially sung in various gospel groups, Bonds embraced secular music upon moving to Norfolk, Virginia. A successful spell in the region’s R&B clubs resulted in a recording contract with local entrepreneur Frank Guida, whose cavernous production techniques gave Bonds’ releases their distinctive sound. The ebullient ‘New Orleans’ set the pattern for the artist’s subsequent recordings and its exciting, ‘party’ atmosphere reached an apogee on ‘Quarter To Three’, a US chart-topper and the singer’s sole million-seller. Between 1961 and 1962 Bonds enjoyed further similar-sounding hits with ‘School Is Out’, ‘School Is In’, ‘Dear Lady Twist’ and ‘Twist Twist Senora’, but his career then went into sharp decline. He toured the revival circuit until 1978 when long-time devotee Bruce Springsteen joined the singer onstage...

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