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Gary "U.S." Bonds


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Gary “U.S.” Bonds (born Gary Anderson, 6 June 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll singer. He is also a prolific songwriter.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Bonds was living in Norfolk, Virginia in the 1950’s when he began singing publicly in church, and with a group called The Turks. He joined record producer Frank Guida’s small Legrand label and Guida changed his name to U.S. Bonds in hopes that it would be confused with a public service announcement advertising the sale of government bonds and thus get more airtime. Bonds’ first hit was the song “New Orleans”, which was followed by “Not Me”, a flop for Bonds, but later a hit for The Orlons, and then by his only Number One hit, “Quarter To Three” in June 1961. Subsequent hits, under the name Gary (U.S.) Bonds, included “School Is Out”, “Dear Lady Twist” and “Twist, Twist, Senora” in the early 1960s. In a 1963 tour of Europe, he headlined above The Beatles. Eventually, the singer came to be known as Gary U.S. Bonds.

“Quarter To Three” appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.

In the early 1980s, Bonds had a career resurgence, working off collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and the E Street Band. Later hits included “This Little Girl”, “Jolé Blon” and “Out Of Work”. Bonds continues to release albums sporadically, and today is a mainstay of the nostalgia concert circuit.


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  • TheDarkSide73

    He had one hit in the 80s just like Roy Orbison did..

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • andelman

    ALL NEW!!! I can see why Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt keep coming back to Gary U.S. Bonds -- besides that great party sound, he's a delightful, charming guy! Terrific stories in this video interview about good times and bad, but no sex, no drugs! I think you'll enjoy this and hope you'll share it with friends! Thanks!

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    @ sjm26b . . . both written by Springsteen I believe

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • sjm26b

    "this little girl"-gary us bonds to "ain't good enough for you"-Bruce Springsteen

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Sgarre1

    "I wanna hollllller, but the town's too small!!!!!"

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • edimervaldo

    I love a song named "Time Ol' Story" but it seems nobody listens to it (I tried many variations of the title, but no one showed more than 10 listeners)

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • blue1

    True - some fun rock and roll is in order.

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Saveall

    Yeah...but he hasn't written a song that made me smile in quite some time.. ;)

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
  • blue1

    I don't think Bruce needs any rejuvenating. After all, he has played to well over a million people on his latest tour. ;-)

    14 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Saveall

    I think it's time for Gary to do another one with Bruce...this time to rejuvenate Bruce's career!

    4 Jul 2009 Reply
  • blue1

    Incredible voice. Definitely see where Bruce got his inspiration from when you listen to Quarter To Three.

    24 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MartinLiss

    One of the most underrated artists ever

    7 Nov 2008 Reply
  • frode1974

    The "Springsteen"-albums Gary US Bonds made in the 80's are really great.

    25 Sep 2008 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    now i'm so glad that school is in

    2 Aug 2008 Reply
  • ChefBoyardee

    that hair is dope as hell. too bad he probably had to scald his fucking head to do it.

    14 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Magic_Alex

    fucking dude

    27 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Nilsen31

    hey hey hey yeaaaaaa

    15 Nov 2006 Reply

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