Gary U.S. Bonds To Headline At 2014 Fiesta
Gary U.S. Bonds takes the stage at the 2014 Fine Arts Fiesta on Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m.!
Gary U.S. Bonds is the stage name of Gary Anderson. Gary is 74 and has been performing ‘good time party’ rock and roll since 1958. He was born in Jacksonville, FL and moved with his mother and grandmother to Norfolk, VA in 1942. Recording for Legrand Records, an independent Norfolk label, Gary had his first hit “New Orleans” ( #6),” in 1960 and “Quarter to Three” (#1) in 1961 which he co-wrote. By 1963 he achieved a total of 5 Top 20 records, including a number of “Twist” records. He is a versatile singer, songwriter, and was nominated for a Country Music Association “Best Song” award in 1972 for, “Don’t Take Her (She’s All I Got),” a #2 for Johnny Paycheck, and a #4 in 1996 for Tracy Byrd.
Bruce Springsteen considers him an inspiration. After dropping in unannounced to a club where Gary was performing in 1976, Bruce brought Gary back to the studio. Together with “E Street Band” member Steven Van Zandt, Springsteen wrote and produced two albums with three charting singles. The Springsteen composition, “This Little Girl is Mine,” (written in Gary’s home) charted at #11. Bruce Springsteen and Gary have appeared together more than 20 times.
His album “Back in 20,” earned him “W.C. Handy Comeback Album of the Year,” award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Gary guested with Bruce this year at back-to-back nights of the “Wrecking Ball Tour” at New Jersey Metlife Stadium.
Gary’s band, the Roadhouse Rockers includes his daughter Laurie and wife Laurie to whom he will be married for 50 years in March of 2013 Gary released his first Christmas album, “Christmas Is On,” for GLA Records, in fall 2012. His autobiography, “By U.S. Bonds, …that’s my story,” was released by Wheatley Press in 2013. “By U.S. Bonds…. that’s my story,” reveals how Bonds has stayed relevant in the turbulent business of rock and roll for more than 50 years. Bonds writes about those who influenced him and those he’s influenced in pop, rock, and rhythm and blues.
As a 19 year old picked off a street corner in Norfolk, Virginia, his innovative party sound ushered in the British Invasion which left him a staple of the “oldies” circuit by age 30, only to become “new again” with the help of Bruce Springsteen. Bonds reinvented himself in the 1980’s and with several charting singles and two Springsteen/Van Zandt albums Bonds was off the oldies circuit and headlining at major international venues.
Bonds continues to write and record and maintains an active schedule of club and corporate appearances.