#176- Gary US Bonds – Christmas is ON

Gary US Bonds’ hit “Quarter to Three” still stands as one of the greatest party tunes of all time.  That song was one of many smash hits that he had in the early Sixties.  Now, Bonds serves up his first-ever holiday album, “Christmas is ON!,” featuring ten tracks – eight of which were written either by Bonds or members of his band.  We talk with the legendary singer about how he got in the holiday spirit while recording the album in the heat of the summer. We also talk about how the Beatles put American artists like him out of work in 1964, and how a chance meeting with Bruce Springsteen put him back on the charts.