Roy Gaines

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

12 August 1934, Houston, Texas, USA. The brother of Grady Gaines, Roy became interested in the electric guitar at an early age and began fraternizing with other local young blues guitarists such as Clarence Hollimon and Johnny Copeland. Gaines made his debut with an obscure release on the Miami-based Chart label before coming to the attention of local Houston band leader and head of Duke Records’ house band, Bill Harvey. Gaines was featured with Harvey’s band on various releases by Big Mama Thornton and Bobby Bland in 1955 for the Duke and Peacock labels, before being enticed away by an impressed Chuck Willis. After moving to New York City, Gaines recorded with Willis for Atlantic Records as well as signing to RCA - Victor Records’ Groove subsidiary under his own name. This resulted in two releases in 1956. The following year he signed to DeLuxe, returned to Victor in 1958 and experienced a lean decade in the 60s with only two releases on the small...

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