Gary U.S. Bonds performs at B.B. King, with special guests Ben E. King and Darlene Love, as well as surprise guests!
As America's baby boomers moved into their mid teens, Gary began his professional career. For his first hit, "New Orleans", attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed "Buy U.S. Bonds" - hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds.
The follow-up was the now legendary 'party' record, "Quarter to Three", a number one hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation.
Over the next three years, Bonds co-wrote and recorded hit after good-time hit: "School is Out," "School is In," "Dear Lady Twist," "Twist, Twist Senora," "Seven Day Weekend" and others. He performed throughout the world, rising to a status so high that on a 1963 tour of Europe, he headlined above a group of relative newcomers...the Beatles.
A rare distinction for Gary is that he managed to transcend the decades with hits. His inspiration for Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, who had grown up on Bonds' music led to a chance meeting in 1980. A friendship developed and, shortly after, a musical collaboration which resulted in Bonds' "Dedication" and "On the Line" LP's, with singles: "This Little Girl Is Mine," "Out of Work," "Jole Blon" and "Daddy's Come Home". Reviews noted "...His gritty, soulful and powerful vocals...even better than before..."
While he has continued to perform, Gary also keeps active as a songwriter. His success as a songwriter even garnered him a nomination for the Country Music Association's "Songwriter of the Year."