Grady Gaines

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Grady Gaines
Born (1934-05-14) May 14, 1934 (age 83)
Waskom, Texas, U.S.
Genres Texas blues, electric blues[1]
Occupation(s) Saxophonist
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Years active Early 1950s–present
Labels Black Top
Website Official website

Grady Gaines (born May 14, 1934, Waskom, Texas)[1] is an American electric blues, Texas blues and jazz blues tenor saxophonist, who performed and recorded with Little Richard in the 1950s. He backed other musicians such as Dee Clark, Little Willie John, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and Joe Tex. He has released three albums.[1]

Biography[edit]

Gaines grew up in Houston with his brother, Roy, who went on to play guitar on Bobby Bland's 1955 hit single "It's My Life Baby".[1]

Gaines worked as a session musician for Peacock Records.[2] He played on Big Walter Price's "Pack Fair and Square" and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's "Dirty Work at the Crossroads," before joining Little Richard's fledgling backing band, the Upsetters, as its leader in 1955.[1] Gaines recorded infrequently, but he did played on Richard's "Keep a Knockin'" and "Ooh! My Soul."[1]

The Upsetters carried on after Richard "retired" in 1957. They toured with Dee Clark, Little Willie John, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and Joe Tex. The band recorded for Vee-Jay Records in 1958 backing Clark.[1] Gaines also led Sam Cooke's backing band until Cooke's death.[2] Several recording sessions followed for Gaines and his band for various labels, including Vee-Jay, Gee and Fire.[1]

Once the Upsetters disbanded, Grady toured with Millie Jackson and Curtis Mayfield. He stopped playing in 1980 but re-emerged in 1985, re-forming a band, the Texas Upsetters, and playing concerts in Houston before recording Full Gain (1988), Horn of Plenty (1992), and Jump Start (2002).[1]

Gaines performed in 1989 and 1996 at the Long Beach Blues Festival. As of January 2013, he continues to perform with the Texas Upsetters for private parties and wedding receptions and for public events, such as the Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club in Houston's Rice Village neighborhood.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

  • Full Gain (1988), Black Top Records
  • Horn of Plenty (1992), Black Top
  • Jump Start (2002), Gulf Coast Entertainment[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Dahl, Bill. "Grady Gaines". Allmusic. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Grady Gaines". Gradygaines.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Grady Gaines: Discography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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