Gary U.S. Bonds joins host Alan Seltzer for a second time on “The Grooveyard” Thursday night at 9 PM. The singer, best known for hits like “Quarter to Three”, “School Is Out”, and “New Orleans”, will discuss his new book, By U.S. Bonds: That’s My Story. The book and an accompanying new song, will be released with a launch and birthday party Wednesday, June 5th at B.B. Kings’s in Times Square. The book is now available as a pre-release on Gary’s website.
Confirmed to attend is very special guest 86 year old Gene “Daddy G” Barge, Bond’s original sax player and founding member of the Church Street Five. When Bonds sang “Blow Daddy,” on his 1961 #1, “Quarter to Three,” it was Barge who played the iconic horn riff, and guests will hear “Daddy G” and Bonds once again on his new release, “That’s My Story.”
As with his previous birthday celebrations, special guests can be expected with prior years’ celebrants including: Ben E. King (singer and co-composer of “Stand by Me,”), Darlene Love (known for 1960s for the song “He’s a Rebel,” a #1 American single in 1962 and another recent guest on “The Grooveyard”), Chuck Jackson (recorded Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard’s hit “Any Day Now”), Steven Van Zandt, Vince Pastore and The Rascals’ Gene Cornish.
Along with Gary’s appearance, the results of our second annual Summer Song Survey will be unveiled on Thursday’s show. Voting was very close during the poll, with seven different songs holding the number 1 spot during the three weeks the survey was open. Among the seven songs was the #1 song on last year’s survey, “Palisades Park” by Freddy Cannon.
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