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Encyclopedia > Gary U.S. Bonds

Gary "U.S." Bonds (born Gary Anderson, June 6, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll singer. He is also a prolific songwriter. June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Rhythm and blues (or R&B) was coined as a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Jerry Wexler at Billboard magazine, used to designate upbeat popular music performed by African American artists that combined jazz and blues. ... Rock and roll - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...

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", followed up by his only Number One hit, "Quarter To Three" in June 1961. Other hits include "School Is Out", "Dear Lady Twist" and "Twist, Twist Senora" in the 1960's, as well as "This Little Girl" and "Out Of Work" in the early 1980's. In the late 1960s, the singer came to be known as Gary U.S. Bonds. The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... Norfolk is a city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States of America. ... A 1930 Soviet poster propagating breast care. ... Bonds can refer to: A financial bond (including a junk bond or a zero-coupon bond) Barry Bonds A chemical bond (including the ionic bond, covalent bond, coordinate covalent bond, metallic bond, hydrogen bond, Carbon-carbon bond, Disulfide bond and Glycosidic bond) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid...

"Quarter To Three" appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. Bonds continues to release albums, including collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, and today is a mainstay of the nostalgia concert circuit. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 songs (not ranked) that shaped Rock and Roll: Contents: Top - 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A AC/DC... Bruce Springsteen on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. ...

While Gary U.S. Bonds is mostly known for achievments within Rhythm and Blues and Rock 'n' roll, he often transcends these genres, e.g. he has been nominated for the Country Music Association's "Songwriter of the Year" distinction. He is also a honoree of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation. The official history of the Country Music Association (below) is far from accurate. ...

Billboard's Top 100

  • "New Orleans" # 6, 1960+
  • "Quarter to Three" # 1, 1961+
  • "School Is out" # 5, 1961+
  • "School Is in" # 28, 1961+
  • "Dear Lady Twist" # 9, 1961+
  • "Twist SeƱora" # 10, 1962+
  • "Seven Day Weekend" # 27, 1962+
  • "Copy Cat" # 92+
  • "This Little Girl" # 11, 1981
  • "Jole Blon" # 65, 1981
  • "Out of Work" # 21, 1982

+ = produced by Frank Guida


  • Bonds is an accomplished golfer and often plays celebrity PGA events.
  • In a 1963 tour of Europe, he headlined above The Beatles.



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