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The US government bond market fell to its lowest level in nearly a year this week — but Wall Street still wanted Gary U.S. Bonds to shut down the markets on Christmas Eve.
The NYSE tapped the 1960s “School Is Out” rocker to ring the closing bell at 1 p.m. on Thursday and sing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”
In other financial puns - Bonds' autobiography is titled "By U.S. Bonds: That's My Story." It's in its second printing, we're told, and includes anecdotes about close colleagues including Sam Cooke and Bruce Springsteen.
December 22, 2015
Gary U.S. Bonds and the Anderson family will be ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Thursday, December 24 at 12:56-1PM.
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Gary U.S. Bonds is known for hits like "New Orleans" and "Quarter To Three," and his autobiography is in its second printing.
Music icon Gary U.S. Bonds will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Christmas Eve in addition to performing "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" with his wife, Big Mama, and daughter, Little Mama.
The 1 p.m. event on Thursday will also serve as a celebration of the second printing of Bonds' best-selling autobiography, "By U.S. Bonds, That's My Story." In the book - written with Stephen Cooper and with a forward by the E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt - Bonds recounts stories of traveling with B.B. King and Sam Cooke, his first big break with Dick Clark, hit songs "New Orleans" and "Quarter To Three" and how Bruce Springsteen sought him out to perform with him. The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Bonds' website.
Born Gary Anderson, the singer's name was changed to U.S. Bonds by record producer Frank Guida, according to All Music, which notes that Guida double- and triple-tracked Bonds' voice, "and the resulting murky production gave all the hits (including 'Quarter to Three,' 'School Is Out,' and 'Dear Lady Twist') a party-in-outer-space quality all their own." The singer made "a couple of excellent solo albums in the early '80s with the help of Bruce Springsteen," according to All Music.
January 31, 2015
Springsteen co-produced this thrilling 1981 comeback record for Sixties rocker Bonds (most famous for "Quarter to Three"), keeping The River's party rolling by giving him three songs that didn't make that album's final cut. The following year, Springsteen gave Bonds another seven original songs for On the Line - but Dedication was the one that included Number 11 single "This Little Girl," which explodes out of your speakers the first time you hear it (or when you play it 20 times in a row).
Bruce Factor: Springsteen co-produced the album with Bonds and Steven Van Zandt; he also played guitar and sang a duet with Bonds on "Jole Blon."
November 19, 2014
June 13, 2014
Last week, the rock-and-roll pioneer, Friend of Bruce, and Long Island resident Gary U.S. Bonds celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday at the B. B. King Blues Club & Grill. Bonds is a jocular presence, and grateful, in his eighth decade, to be enjoying a career onstage. He's had a birthday concert at the club for the past six years; last year's, his seventy-fourth, was a big to-do. It doubled as a party for the release of his memoir, "By U.S. Bonds," and featured performances by his original saxophone player, Gene (Daddy G.) Barge, who is eighty-seven; the beloved Jersey misanthrope Southside Johnny ("A man I hate to call my friend, but I have to, because he's a dear friend," Bonds said); and Chubby Checker, who sat on a stool and gave the band orders: "Can we punk up the bass? Rock the drums? I want to hear some Chuck Berry guitar, some Jerry Lee Lewis piano, I want the sax player to bubble under on the arrangement, E two-three bop-bam, and stick in a load of Fats Domino."
September 30, 2013
June 02, 2013
Gary U.S. Bonds appeared on Good Day New York (Fox TV) June 5, 2013. He talked about his book, the new single and the Birthday Bash Celebration at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill later that night.
June 02, 2013
Laura sits down with legendary songwriter and performer Gary U.S. Bonds in this exclusive interview with Clichè-TV. They discuss Gary's new book and his amazing career. Visit www.cliche-tv.com for more interviews & music.
April 16, 2013
World-known performer, hit songwriter, influencer of Bruce Springsteen, and now published author, Gary U.S. Bonds will be celebrating his 74th birthday and first world book launch for his memoir, By U.S. Bonds - That's My Story, written by Bonds
with Stephen Cooper. The event June 5, 2013 at B.B. King's, NY, includes Gary's live performance of his newest music single "That's My Story," with after-concert book signing and party festivities. West coast launch is slated for June 17 at the iconic Book Soup, West Hollywood, Calif. Other cities for book signings to be announced as well as concert tours worldwide.
December 20, 2012
Rock and roll legend Gary U.S. Bonds and his band, The Roadhouse Rockers, headline the Light of Day Foundation's first-ever show at the iconic Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square on January 16, 2013. Additional performances include Willie Nile, the Liza Colby Sound, and Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan. Proceeds from the show benefit the Light of Day Foundation, www.lightofday.org, which funds research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease and other neuromuscular disorders. Proceeds from show will also go to Team Fox, the grassroots community fundraising program at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
November 12, 2012
Makes no difference if you've been naughty or nice, 'cause it's a Gary U.S. Bonds Christmas! Either way, "Santa Gary" is comin' down your chimney to start your party and he ain't leaving until he's had a cup of good cheer and a slow dance with your sister.
November 03, 2012
This is the kind of stuff that can only happen when you are working so far outside the margins that you can do whatever you want, even if you aren't sure at first. Whether or not the reason why this works so well is because it's so expected doesn't matter. This is a Christmas party I want to be invited to---and I'll hang out until at least a quarter to three.
October 04, 2012
The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is proud to announce more of its 2012, and fourth Class of Honorees, to be inducted at its star-studded red carpet Fourth Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. This very special event will also be a fundraiser for LIMHoF's new museum home in Port Jefferson Village.
September 27, 2012
On October 16th in New York city Steven Van Zandt will be presented with the "Big Man of The Year Award," given annually to honor the legacy of the late, great Clarence Clemons. The gala will resemble an all-star rock and roll festival with Van Zandt performing alongside many of his musical friends, including Elvis Costello, Dion DiMucci, Tom Morello, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Kris Allen, Rubèn Blades, Gary U.S. Bonds, Michael Des Barres, Michael Johns, Jesse Malin, Jake Clemons, NYC Hit Squad and more surprise guests expected to attend.
September 25, 2012
Legendary rocker Gary U.S. Bonds returned to Metlife Stadium Saturday night to perform at birthday festivities at the rain delayed final installment of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Wrecking Ball Tour.
September 22, 2012
How 'bout opening with a song that he has never played live before? One of five tour premieres, including two with Gary US Bonds... Jole Blon (with Gary US Bonds, tour premiere)... When the real fun started. This has only been played at two E Street Band shows since 1981.
June 19, 2012
Gary U.S. Bonds held his annual BB Kings Times Square birthday celebration and turned up the heat on a memorable musical night that was filled with countless magical moments. This rock and roll legend's first charted single ("New Orleans") hit the radio airwaves in 1960 and he showed no signs of slowing down, even at the age of 73.
December 07, 2011
The City of Norfolk's SevenVenues in partnership with The Norva is proud to announce Clarence Clemons tribute concerts the weekend of January 6 & 7, 2012. Two special concert events will take place: a formal tribute concert with members of the Clemons family in attendance at the historic Attucks Theatre on Friday, January 6 at 8:00 pm followed by a celebration concert at The Norva on Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 pm.
November 18, 2010
Beck's "Rock And Roll Party To Honor Les Paul," recorded at New York's Iridium Jazz Club where Paul played every Monday for the last 14 years of his life, will be released as a DVD and CD Feb. 22.
October 31, 2010
If you are a voting member for Grammy nominations this year we would like you to give consideration to GARY U.S. BONDS' latest roadhouse blues CD, "LET THEM TALK," which could be a contender. His last CD, "Back In 20," was the WC Handy "Comeback Album Of The Year". We hope to add more accolades this time and we're VERY proud of this CD.
October 01, 2009
Two legends of rock 'n' roll join forces for a 32-date U.K. Tour when Gary joins Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. Wyman was bassist for the Rolling Stones for over 30 years.
June 19, 2009
The story goes that one night a couple of Jersey musicians by the name of Springsteen and Van Zandt wandered into an oldies gig at a rundown bar in 1980. Onstage was one Gary Anderson, who had racked up quite a few top ten hits in the 60’s under the name Gary U.S. Bonds, but had pretty much been written off in a music business climate that had no mercy for anyone over the age of 28 years old.
June 18, 2009
American R&B Blues music legend Gary U.S. Bonds is to join Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings as a Special Guest on the 2009 UK tour, starting October 28 and running until December 6. Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as a singer "with a unique and expressive voice", Gary is an honouree of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and was nominated for the Country Music Association's Songwriter of the Year.