Roy Gaines

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Roy Gaines
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Roy Gaines in 1977
Background information
Born (1937-08-12) August 12, 1937 (age 77)
Waskom, Texas, United States
Genres Texas blues, electric blues, East Coast blues[1]
Occupation(s) Guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Labels Various
Associated acts T-Bone Walker, Roy Milton, Chuck Willis, Grady Gaines, Ray Charles

Roy Gaines (born August 12, 1937)[1][2][3] is an American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.[4] Gaines's recorded work includes his self-penned track, "A Hell of a Night", which first appeared on his 1982 album, Gainelining. He is the younger brother of another blues musician, Grady Gaines.[1]

Biography[edit]

Gaines was born in Waskom, Texas, United States, and relocated with his family to Houston at the age of six.[5] Originally a piano devotee, Gaines moved to playing the guitar in his adolescence.[1] In his teens he was acquainted with his fellow budding guitarist, Johnny Copeland.[2] By the age of 14 he had performed onstage backing his hero, T-Bone Walker, and played in the Houston nightclubs before his move to Los Angeles, California.[1] In 1955, Gaines backing work appeared on recordings by Bobby Bland, Junior Parker and Big Mama Thornton.[2][5] He later backed Roy Milton and then Chuck Willis, and worked again with Walker.[2]

He released two low-key albums in 1956, and a couple more in the 1960s on small record labels.[2] In 1966, Gaines became part of Ray Charles' backing band.[5] Other backing work for Gaines included sessions with The Everly Brothers, The Supremes, Bobby Darin, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight.[6]

His primary function was as a sideman, but he released his solo album, Gainelining in 1982. Further works followed such as New Frontier Lover (2000).[1] Also, Gaines had a small part in the 1985 film, The Color Purple.[6] In 2009, Gaines (billed as Roy Gaines & his Orchestra) released Tuxedo Blues, featuring a full big band. Selections included "Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)," which Gaines originally performed in The Color Purple. Also included was a cover of Michael Jackson's "Rock With You."

Gaines' co-composed song, "No Use Crying", has been recorded by George Jones and Ray Charles.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label
1982 Gainelining Red Lightnin'
1996 Lucille Work for Me Black Gold
1998 Bluesman for Life JSP
1999 I Got the T-Bone Walker Blues Groove Note
2000 New Frontier Lover Severn
2002 Superman Black & Blue
2002 In the House: Live at Lucerne, Vol. 4 CrossCut (Germany)
2004 The First TB Album Delta Groove
2005 Rock-A-Billy Boogie Woogie Blues Man Black Gold
2005 Going Home to See Mama Black Gold
2009 Tuxedo Blues Black Gold

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Ankeny, Jason. "Roy Gaines". Allmusic. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Roy Gaines - Biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc, "Blues: A Regional Experience." Praeger: Santa Barbara, CA, 2013: p316.
  4. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 180. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  5. ^ a b c Govenar, Alan B. (2008). Texas blues: the rise of a contemporary sound (1st ed.). Texas: Texas A&M University Press. p. 297. ISBN 978-1-58544-605-6. 
  6. ^ a b Herzhaft, Gérard et al. (1997). Encyclopedia of the blues (1st ed.). Fayetteville, Arkansas: The University of Arkansas Press. p. 90. ISBN 1-55728-452-0. 
  7. ^ "Roy Gaines | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-28.