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Gary “U.S.” Bonds

Biography

After moving towards the Norfolk, VA, area within the mid-’50s, young Gary Anderson began plying his vocal wares, first in church, afterwards with an area group called the Turks. When he had not been however 21, he was contacted by regional record manufacturer Frank Guida to become listed on his small Legrand label. Guida transformed Anderson’s name to U.S. Bonds, expecting the first discharge would obtain extra airplay by disc jockeys mistaking it to get a public-service announcement. The effect was the traditional “New Orleans,” merging rock-combo raunch with impassioned, scorched soul-singing that arranged the stage for all those that would adhere to. Guida dual- and triple-tracked Bonds’ tone of voice and the producing murky production offered all the strikes (including “One fourth to Three,” “College HAS GONE OUT,” and “Dear Woman Twist”) a party-in-outer-space quality almost all their personal. Though he held recording, making several excellent single albums in the first ’80s by using Bruce Springsteen, Bonds is most beneficial noticed today dotting the scenery of oldies displays around the world, singing the tunes that produced him famous.

Quick Facts


Full Name Gary U.S. Bonds
Date Of Birth June 6, 1939
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Laurie Cedeno
Children Laurie Anderson
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Quarter to Three, This Little Girl, Dear Lady Twist, Twist Twist Senora, Jole Blon, School Is Out, Out of Work, It's Only Love, Seven Day Weekend, Havin' So Much Fun, Love’s on the Line, Club Soul City, I Dig This Station, Daddy’s Comin’ Home, Gettin' a Groove, School Is In, Angelyne, Mixed Up Faculty, The Pretender, Soul Deep, Take Me Back to New Orleans, Turn the Music Down, Do the Limbo With Me, I Wanta Holler, Hold On, One Million Tears, Where Did the Naughty Little Girl Go, I'll Change That Too, From a Buick 6, Copy Cat, Do the Bumpsie, Call Me for Christmas
Albums Dedication, On the Line, Twist Up Calypso, Standing in the Line of Fire, Back in 20, Let Them Talk, Nothing Left to Lose, Dance 'Til Quarter to Three + Twist up Calypso (Bonus Track Version), School Day Fun, Christmas is ON!, A Quarter to Three, Dance 'Til a Quarter to Three - The First Two Albums & Greatest Hits 1960 - 1962, New Orleans (Mono Version) [feat. The Church Street Five], Glad Your Back, Through The Area, The Classic Years, Funky Lies, Up And Down, Id Like To Hear That Song Again, All the Hits and More!, Live At The Trax, New York, Jan '80 (Remastered), Quiescent Point, 30 Greatest Hits, Dance 'til Quarter to Three With U.S. Bonds, The Very Best of Gary "U.S." Bonds, The Best Of Gary U S Bonds, Certified Soul (Digitally Remastered), Twist Twist, Down To New Orleans, His Very Best, A Trip to the Moon, Imposingly, As Light As Straw, Pansies, Time For Gold, Get Faster, Quarter to Three - Best of 1960-1961, Christmas Magic, Colorful Garden, Food of Love (24 Original Songs), 30 Greastest Hits, Dear Lady (Twist), Dance 'Till Quarter to Three, Love Caught, I Know Why Dreamers Cry, Man At His Leisure, Meet And Greet On Broadway, Colorful Fruit, Glory Sixties Quarter to Three, High Blood Pressure, Greatest Hits
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year
Movies Blues Brothers 2000, Jeff Beck: Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, Twist


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1 In 1967 during the height of The British Invasion, appeared as a guest performer at a local disco "The Chateau Pelham " in Bronx, New York City. He belted out his big hits such as "Quarter To Three" and "New Orleans" and to the surprise of many, his own powerful rendition of "Unchained Melody".
2 From 1961-1962 he continued his run of consecutive hits with "School Is Out" # 5, "School Is In" # 28, "Dear Lady Twist" # 9, "Twist Twist Senora" # 10 and "Seven Day Weekend" # 27.
3 Has one daughter, Laurie
4 His recording of "Quarter To Three" went all the way to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Intern 2015/I performer: "This Little Girl"
The Marty Stuart Show 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Extract 2009 writer: "She's All I Got" 1971
Jaded 1998 performer: "New Orleans"
Roadside Prophets 1992 performer: "Satan Go Away" / writer: "Satan Go Away" - as Gary Anderson
Dogfight 1991 performer: "TWIST, TWIST SEÑORA"
Mask 1985 performer: "Where Did the Naughty Little Girl Go", "Quarter to Three", "Not Me", "Havin' So Much Fun", "Dear Lady Twist" / writer: "Quarter to Three", "Not Me", "Havin' So Much Fun" - as G. Anderson
Gimme an 'F' 1984 performer: "Let Loose and Lose It"
Voyage of the Rock Aliens 1984 performer: "New Orleans"
D.C. Cab 1983 performer: "One More Time Around The Block Ophelia"
A Night in Heaven 1983 performer: "Dance to the Beat" / writer: "Dance to the Beat"
Class Reunion 1982 performer: "Class Reunion"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! 1962 performer: "Seven Day Weekend"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blues Brothers 2000 1998 The Louisiana Gator Boys
Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party 1988 TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
Lilyhammer 2014 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2011 TV Series Himself - Singer
Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul 2010 TV Movie Himself
Golden Sunset 2009 Himself
Long Island Music Hall of Fame's 1st Induction Awards Gala 2006 TV Movie Himself
Great Performances 2004 TV Series Himself
The South Bank Show 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Rock at Fifty 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood Squares 2002 TV Series Guest Appearance
Twist 1992 Documentary Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1961-1984 TV Series Himself
The American Music Awards 1982 TV Special Himself
Fridays 1981 TV Series Himself
Sha Na Na 1978 TV Series Himself
The Wolfman Jack Show 1976 TV Series Himself
Where the Action Is 1965 TV Series Himself
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! 1962 Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement 2015 TV Series Himself

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