February 02, 2016
The Morning Call
Rock and R&B singer Gary "U.S." Bonds, best known for his 1960s hits "New Orleans" and "Quarter to Three," will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards in March, it was a just announced. Bonds will be given the honor at the ceremony at 4 p.m. March 6 in Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem. He is the second such artist to be honored; Philadelphia legend Chubby Checker got a Lifetime achievement award in 2015.
December 23, 2015
The New York Post
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.”
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).
June 24, 2014
The New Yorker
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 27, 2013
Barry Kibrick Blogs: The Official Blog of "Between the Lines" on PBS
This week in Los Angeles and many of my markets across the country we go to some of the early roots of rock and roll with Gary U.S. Bonds and his autobiography, By U.S. Bonds.
September 04, 2013
If what you do is timeless, it never gets old. After 50 years onstage, Gary U.S. Bonds still performs two-hour concerts that end in standing ovations. One of the all-time great singers, there has never been any accurate account of his life, until now. The new book titled, "By U.S. Bonds – That's My Story," (written by Gary U.S. Bonds with Stephen Cooper), is more update than memoir. It follows Bonds' life through the early days of Rock and R&B and continues to 2012 where we find the legend onstage with Bruce Springsteen. The book weaves together music history while providing some fascinating insights into the singer's music and life, putting the reader smack in the middle of the action.
July 10, 2013
Gary U.S. Bonds' 74th birthday party at BB King's was an especially remarkable happening, as it served to mark the official release of BY US BONDS: That's My Story and brought out a few music notables to help celebrate the occasion.
June 10, 2013
The Los Angeles Beat
On Monday, June 17th, Gary U.S. Bonds will make a special in-store appearance at West Hollywood's popular book store "Book Soup." His upcoming in-store appearance, which will include a book signing, marks the West Coast launch of Gary's brand new autobiography "BY U.S. BONDS - THAT'S MY STORY." In it, Gary recounts the early days of R&B, rock & roll, his successful collaborations with Bruce Springsteen and much more!
June 05, 2013
Good Day NY (Fox 5)
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.
May 31, 2013
Bookviews by Alan Caruba
When I was growing up the music of Gary U.S. Bonds could be heard, from "New Orleans" and "School is Out" in the 1960s to "This Little Girl" in 1981 and many more hits still being played these days. He will be celebrating his 74th birthday as a published author with an autobiography, By U.S. Bonds—That's My Story ($30.00, Wheatley Press, L.L.C.) written with Stephen Cooper. Suffice to say his life spans the early days of R&B and rock music to the present. He was an influence on Bruce Springsteen and a member of the E Street Band, Steven Van Zandt, has written a forward to it. Bonds shares memories of traveling with B.B. King and Sam Cooke, his big break on the Dick Clark show, and a raft of stories that will entertain anyone who enjoyed his music and that of his illustrious contemporaries. Bonds did not fall prey to many of the temptations of the music industry, remaining true to his beloved wife and daughter. There are life lessons about perseverance and the support derived from friends and family.
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