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Gary U.S. Bonds Brings Back Nostalgia at the Legendary Friars Club

Gary U.S. Bonds Brings Back Nostalgia at the Legendary Friars Club

Larry Weissfeld, Magda Katz, Gary U.S. Bonds, Jane Shevell, Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen Photo by David Alan Kogut

The hits of Gary U.S. Bonds were and still remain an irresistible invitation to an instant party!. On Monday night the Legendary Friars Club’s dining room turned into a huge party. Among the party goers were Rock N Roll royalty Steven Van Zant and his beautiful wife Maureen. On stage Gary was accompanied by guitarist Mark Leimbach and on vocals, “Big Mama” Laurie Anderson and daughter Laurie Anderson Tobias. Through out the evening his biographer Stephen Cooper guided Gary down memory lane.

Steven Van Zandt Photo by David Alan Kogut

As American’s baby boomers moved into their mid teens and real rock’n Roll was in  dwindling supply, Gary came roaring out of Norfolk, Virginia  in 1960 with the relentless pounder “New Orleans”. Attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to a radio stations in sleeves inscribed “Buy U.S. Bonds”-hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds.

Gary U.S. Bonds, Stephen Cooper, Steven Van Zandt Photo by David Alan Kogut

The follow-up was the now legendary “party” record, “Quarter to Three,” a number one hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and  influence a generation. 

Gary U.S. Bonds Photo by David Alan Kogut

A rare distinction for Gary is that he managed to transcend the decades  with hits. His inspiration for Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, who had grown up on Bond’s music led to a chance meeting in  1980.

Stephen Cooper, Gary U.S. Bonds Photo by David Alan Kogut

A friendship developed and, shortly after, a musical collaboration which resulted in Bonds’”Dedication” and “On the Line” LPs, with singles: “This Little Girl is Mine,” Out of Work,” “Jole Blon” and “Dady’s Come Home”.
The Friars Club’s members and guests were treated to a rare and special evening produced by Jane Shevell and Magda Katz.

Laurie Anderson Tobias, “Big Mama” Laurie Anderson Photo by David Alan Kogut

The  producing team have brought excitement back to the iconic club with some of their previous productions including a night with Rock N Roll icon Tommy James, lunch with  “Sex in The City” author Candice Bushnell, and Hollywood’s Carol Baker.

Stephen Cooper, Gary U.S. Bonds, Laurie Anderson Tobias, “Big Mama” Laurie Anderson Photo by David Alan Kogut

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Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on www.t2conline.com. All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaCorrespondent

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