Personalities | Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds | Sixties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1939)

This former church chorister from Virginia reached global Top 20s in 1961 with call-and-response ‘New Orleans’. While its ‘Not Me’ follow-up flopped, ‘Quarter To Three’ topped the US chart. Further US-only hits included 1962’s ‘Seven Day Weekend’, his last before the patronage of Bruce Springsteen facilitated a commercial revival in the early 1980s, both home and abroad. This included a minor UK hit with ‘Jole Blon’ – the Cajun ‘national anthem’ – and a return to the domestic Top 20 with ‘This Little Girl’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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