Roy Gaines

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Roy Gaines
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Gaines in 1977
Background information
Birth nameRoy James Gaines
Born (1934-08-12) August 12, 1934 (age 84)
Waskom, Texas, United States
GenresTexas blues, electric blues, East Coast blues[1]
Occupation(s)Guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Associated actsT-Bone Walker, Roy Milton, Chuck Willis, Grady Gaines, Ray Charles

Roy James Gaines (born August 12, 1934[1][2] or 1937[3]) is an American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.[4] He wrote and recorded the song "A Hell of a Night", which was first issued on his 1982 album Gainelining.

He is the younger brother of the blues musician Grady Gaines.[1]


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

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

He worked primarily as a sideman, but he released a solo album, Gainelining, in 1982.[1] He also had a small part in the 1985 film The Color Purple.[6] Another album, New Frontier Lover, was released in 2000. It was followed by Tuxedo Blues, featuring a big band billed as Roy Gaines & His Orchestra, released in 2009. The album includes the song "Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)," which Gaines had performed in The Color Purple. Also included is a cover of Michael Jackson's "Rock with You."

Gaines co-wrote the song "No Use Crying", which was recorded by George Jones and Ray Charles.



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


With the Jazz Crusaders

With Les McCann

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ankeny, Jason. "Roy Gaines". Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Roy Gaines: Biography". Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues: A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger. p. 316. ISBN 978-0313344237.
  4. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music. 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. College Station: 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. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. p. 90. ISBN 1-55728-452-0.
  7. ^ "Roy Gaines: Discography". Retrieved 2014-01-28.

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