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Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters

Grady Gaines | 6 decades of authentic & soulful music

GRADY WAS SAXOPHONIST AND BANDLEADER for Peacock Records' Don Robey when he met Little Richard and became leader of the Upsetters. They recorded many classics like "Long Tall Sally", "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On" and when Richard (temporarily) retired, Grady was hired by Sam Cooke to lead his band. After Cookes' death, Grady continued to play all the great houses like The Apollo and the Palladium, backing up Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Jackie Wilson and many, many others.

Let Grady Gaines liven up your party!

When Grady came off the road he returned to Houston for some years but the force of disco in the 80's moved Grady to tour Europe, and to play festivals. Starting again in the early 90's, Grady re-formed the Upsetters and has been playing private parties, clubs, and festivals ever since. His music is authentic, soulful and represents the best music from 6 decades - Grady is the real deal.

Grady Gaines unquenchable spirit

Some of the atomic energy that Little Richard emitted nightly during the mid-'50s must have spilled onto Grady Gaines. As the hardy tenor sax blaster with Richard's road band, The Upsetters, Gaines all but blew the reed out of his horn with his galvanic solos. He wails with the same unquenchable spirit today.

Song List


Harlem Shuffle

Land of 1,000 Dances


I Can't Turn You Loose

Mustang Sally


Get Ready


So In Love With You

Heard It Through the Grapevine

Billie Jean

The Night Time Is The Right Time

Knock on Wood

Baby Work Out


Love Man

Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

Soul Man

Hard to Handle

I Feel Good

I Can See Clearly Now

On Broadway

Under the Boardwalk

Car Wash


I'll Take Care of You

Respect Yourself

Love & Happiness

Wonderful World

Twistin' the Night Away

Havin' A Party

What I Say

Snap Your Fingers

Sixty Minute Man

Proud Mary

For Once In My Life

I'm Walkin'

Ain't That A Shame

Brick House

At Last

Crazy Love

Super Freak

I Just Called to Say I Love You

Stormy Monday

Send Me Some Lovin'

The Thrill Is Gone

When A Man Loves A Woman

Tell It Like It Is

My Girl

Twilight Time

Blueberry Hill

Since I Fell For You

Unchained Melody

For Your Precious Love

Let's Get It On

You Send Me

Only You

Change Gonna Come

Danny Boy

Stand By Me

Rainy Night In Georgia

All The Way

Walkin' To New Orleans

Good Night Irene

Sunshine of My Life

For Your Love

I Found A Love


Return To Me

You're a Thousand Miles From Nowhere


Chances Are

It's Not For Me To Say

The Twelfth of Never

Sea of Love

Sexual Healing

Warm & Tender Love

Hide Away


Hold On I'm Coming

Soul Serenade

Green Onions

I've Been Loving You Too Long


Begin the Beguine


Old Black Magic


Shadow of Your Smile

It's Impossible


Stars Fell on Alabama

Can't Get Started With You

Days of Wine & Roses

I've Got You Under My Skin

Mack the Knife

New York, New York

What a Wonderful World

St. James Infirmary

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Willow Weep For Me

Satin Doll


In The Mood

Basin Street Blue

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody



Girl From Ipanema

Good Night Irene

Mona Lisa

It Had to Be You

That's Amore


Sentimental Reasons


Waltz Across Texas

El Paso


The Twist

Hey Bo Diddley

Route 66

Johnny B. Goode

Kansas City

I Shot the Sheriff

Little Bitty Pretty One

Old Time Rock & Roll

Brown Eyed Girl


Sixteen Candles

Tobacco Road


Hava Nagila (and others)

Sunrise, Sunset

Mardi Gras

Iko Iko

Mardi Gras Mambo

Hot Hot Hot

When the Saints Go Marchin In

Toot Toot

Hey Pocky Way

Going To New Orleans


White Christmas

Please Come Home For Christmas

Silent Night

Merry Christmas Baby

Cotton Fields Back Home

For the Good Times