I've Been Out There: On the Road with Legends of Rock 'n' Roll

I've Been Out There: On the Road with Legends of Rock 'n' Roll

by Grady Gaines

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In the 1950s, as the leader of the Upsetters, the original backing band for rock pioneer Little Richard, Grady Gaines first exposed the music world to his unique brand of “honkin’,” bombastic, attitude-drenched saxophone playing.

In the years that followed, the Upsetters became the backing band for Sam Cooke and crisscrossed the country as the go-to-band for revue-style tours featuring James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Supremes, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, and Etta James.

In I’ve Been Out There, the Houston blues and R&B legend Grady Gaines speaks candidly about his sixty-year music career and life on the road supporting some of the biggest names in blues, soul, and R&B. This annotated autobiographical account details Gaines's professional triumphs and personal sacrifices.

The book contains anecdotes about life on the road and in the studio during a period when the entertainment industry was vastly different, affording readers a glimpse into the creative makeup of a man whose distinctive sax playing powered some of the most popular songs of the era, helped define the genre, and mesmerized countless audiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623492717
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 03/30/2015
Series: John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 19 MB
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About the Author

GRADY GAINES, from Houston, Texas, was the musical director and saxophonist for Little Richard’s seminal backing band the Upsetters during the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s biggest hitmaking era in the mid-1950s. He continues to perform as leader of Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters. ROD EVANS is an award-winning, Houston-based freelance journalist, writer, and editor.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 The Rest Is History 1

Chapter 2 Porch Music 9

Chapter 3 "Cut Out All That Noise!" 18

Chapter 4 Tearing Up Them Houses 22

Chapter 5 Down at Peacock Studios 32

Chapter 6 Like Nothin' They'd Ever Seen 38

Chapter 7 Dancin' and Steppin' 42

Chapter 8 Road Warriors 59

Chapter 9 Exit Stage Left 88

Chapter 10 "Ain't Nothin' for a Stepper" 104

Chapter 11 In the Studio 122

Chapter 12 Still Blowm' 143

Notes 165

Index 167

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