Gary U.S. Bonds
As America’s baby boomers moved into their mid teens, Gary began his professional career. For his first hit, ‘New Orleans,’ attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed ‘Buy U.S. Bonds’ – hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds.
The follow-up was the now legendary ‘party’ record, “Quarter to Three,” a number one hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation.
Over the next three years, Bonds co-wrote and recorded hit after good-time hit: ”School is Out,’ ‘School is In,’ ‘Dear Lady Twist,’ ‘Twist, Twist Senora,’ ‘Seven Day Weekend’ and others. He performed throughout the world, rising to a status so high that on a 1963 tour of Europe, he headlined above a group of relative newcomers… The Beatles.