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
  • Kiss
  • Get Ready
  • Shout
  • Let’s Stay Together
  • Heard it Through the Grapevine
  • Billie Jean
  • Baby Work Out
  • Soul Man
  • I Feel Good
  • How Sweet it is
  • Celebration
  • On Broadway
  • Under the Boardwalk
  • Car Wash
  • Respect Yourself
  • Love and Happiness
  • Wonderful World
  • Twistin’ the Night Away
  • What I Say
  • Proud Mary
  • For Once in my Life
  • Brick House
  • At Last
  • Crazy Love
  • Midnight Train to Georgia
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • Stormy Monday
  • Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  • Dock of the Bay
  • Natural Women
  • I’d Rather Go Blind
  • Don’t Stop the Music
  • Rock Steady
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  • Isn’t She Lovely
  • Sea of Love
  • Thriller
  • Shake Your Body Down
  • September
  • Let’s Groove
  • Let the Good Times Roll
  • I Just Called to Say I Love You
  • Send Me Some Lovin’
  • The Thrill is Gone
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • My Girl
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Since I Fell for You
  • Unchained Melody
  • Let’s Get it On
  • You Send Me
  • Only You
  • Stand By Me
  • Rainy Night in Georgia
  • Tell Me Something Good
  • Easy
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  • Superstition
  • Sexual Healing
  • Honkytonk Women
  • Hold On, I’m Comin’
  • Get Down Tonight
  • We Are Family
  • Once You Get Started
  • Play That Funky Music
  • I Will Survive
  • Bad Girls
  • Superfreak
  • I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

Big Band / Standards

  • Mack the Knife
  • New York, New York
  • What a Wonderful World
  • St. James Infirmary
  • Georgia on My Mind
  • Unforgettable
  • Satin Doll
  • You Are So Beautiful
  • You Are The Best Thing
  • In The Mood
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Everything
  • Fly Me to The Moon
  • Wonderful Tonight
  • It Had to be You

Classic Rock N’ Roll

  • The Twist
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • Can’t Help Fallin in Love
  • Old Time Rock and Roll
  • Kansas City
  • Brown Eyed Girl

Country

  • I Loved Her First
  • When You Say Nothing at All
  • I Cross My Heart
  • All My Exes Live in Texas
  • Waltz Across Texas
  • Crazy

1990’s-Current

  • Lady Mardmalade
  • Get Down on It
  • Mardi Gras
  • Give Me One Good Reason
  • crazy In Love
  • Family Affair
  • Sweet Thing
  • Crazy
  • Let’s Get It Started
  • Cupid Shuffle
  • Sweet Love
  • Single Ladies
  • Forget You
  • Love Letter
  • Love On Top
  • I Gotta Feelin’
  • Neither One of Us