Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds, singer
birth name: Gary Anderson

Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds

June 6, 1939, Jacksonville, FL

Raised in Virginia, he sang in his church choir as a youth. While in high school he joined a vocal group named The Turks that sang in the Norfolk area. Frank Guida, who owned a record shop in Norfolk and had just started a small record label called Legrand Records, took notice of his talents, and in 1960 took Anderson to his studio to record a song called New Orleans. Thinking that ‘Gary Anderson’ was too plain and unmemorable a name for a singer, Guida remembered a poster he had seen in a delicatessen to try to get citizens to purchase government bonds - in big letters it had said “Buy U.S. Bonds!” Guida thought that was the perfect name, and so ‘Gary U.S. Bonds’ was born. ~ IMDB: Gary U.S. Bonds ~ retrieved August 3, 2013 © IMDb

Gary U.S. Bonds may be the rockingest soul singer ever. ~ Soultracks: Gary U.S. Bonds ~ retrieved August 3, 2013 © Soultracks

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June 6, 1992 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) En Vogue, My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It) ~ #2 (3) The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Under The Bridge ~ #1 (1) Kris Kross, Jump


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. ~ Gary U.S. Bonds ~ retrieved August 3, 2013 ©

Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds ~ Inducted in the 2006 Long Island Hall Of Fame.

Gary U.S. Bonds ~ Quarter To Three (Guida/Bonds/Barge/Royster) ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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