Grady Gaines & the Texas Upsetters

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. 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.

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Soul / Classic R&B

  • Harlem Shuffle
  • Land of 1,000 Dances
  • 634-5789
  • I Can’t Turn you Loose
  • Mustang Sally
  • Get Ready
  • Shout
  • So in Love with You
  • Heard it Through the Grapevine
  • Night Time is the Right Time
  • Knock on Wood
  • Baby Work Out
  • Strokin’
  • Love Man
  • Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag
  • Soul Man
  • Hard to Handle
  • I Feel Good
  • On Broadway
  • Under the Boardwalk
  • Respect
  • Love and Happiness
  • Wonderful World
  • Twistin’ the Night Away
  • Havin’ a Party
  • What I’d Say
  • Proud Mary
  • For Once in my Life
  • Send For Me
  • How Sweet It Is
  • Celebration
  • The Thrill is Gone
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Tell it Like it is
  • My Girl
  • Let’s Get it On
  • You Send Me
  • Only You
  • A Change is Gonna Come
  • Stand By Me
  • Superstition
  • Chances ARe
  • Sexual Healing
  • Hide Away
  • Honkytonk
  • Hold On, I’m Comin’
  • Green Onions
  • Superfreak
  • I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
  • Respect Yourself

Big Band / Standards

  • Old Black Magic
  • Shadow of Your Smile
  • It’s Impossible
  • Feelings
  • Stars Fell on Alabama
  • Can’t Get Started With You
  • I’ve Got You Under my Skin
  • New York, New York
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  • Willow Weep for Me
  • Satin Doll
  • Summertime
  • In the Mood
  • Misty
  • Unforgettable
  • Girl from Ipanema
  • Mona Lisa
  • That’s Amore
  • It Had to be You
  • Sentimental Reasons
  • St. James Infirmary

Classic Rock & Roll

  • The Twist
  • Hey Bo Diddley
  • Route 66
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • I Shot the Sheriff
  • Little Bitty Pretty One
  • Brown Eyed Girl
  • Tequila
  • Billie Jean
  • Kiss
  • Tobacco Road
  • Old Time Rock & Roll