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Mo' Music Monday: New Orleans with Gary U.S. Bonds

Posted on June 30, 2020 at 12:45 AM

Good Day Ginchers,

Time for Mo' Music Monday and a trip to New Orleans ... Gary U.S. Bonds style!  How many of you answered back to "Everybody say Hey, ey, ey ,ey, yeah!"  The song was New Orleans and the chant was made by Gary U.S. Bonds.  His birth name is Gary Levone Anderson but took the stage name U.S. Bonds hoping to get some attention during the advertising sale of government bonds and possibly catch the attention of some DJ's.  Well the strategy didn't hurt, he released several National Hits during the 1960's the likes of; "New Orleans", "Quarter To Three", Dear Lady Twist", "School Is Out" and my favorite "Twist, Twist Senora".  In a 1963 tour of Europe, he headlined above the Beatles and his "Quater To Three" appears on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that shaped Rock and Rock list.  Through the  years Gary has crossed over doing Country, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Pop and of coarse Rock and Roll and had guest appearances by so many others like Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen.  Gary has made changes with the times but always kept his drive and energy with his audiences.  I remember one particular experience singing behind Gary at Montemurro's super club.  We were on the bill with Gary U.S. Bonds and our band backed him for his show.  During rehearsal with our band, Gary had his wife and daughter singing back up for his songs and Bubba and I were singing along... Gary suggested that we join his wife and daughter.  We were excited to participate and did the entire show with them and let me tell you the energy was flowing that night.  These are just some of the great memories I have of this wonderful Rock & Roll business.  It also is a reminder that you don't have to go to New Orleans to "let the Good Times Roll", just catch a Gary U.S. Bonds show!  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, GOD Bless!


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