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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", and "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On," and when Richard (temporarily) retired, Grady was hired by Sam Cooke to lead his band. After Cooke's 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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  • Motown, Oldies, and Beach
    Aretha Franklin - Respect
    B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone
    Ben E. King - Stand By Me
    Bo Diddley - Hey Bo Diddley
    Booker T & The MG's - Green Onions
    Brook Benton - Rainy Night In Georgia
    Chubby Checker - The Twist
    Clarence Carter - Strokin'
    Eddie Floyd - Knock on Wood
    Fats Domino - Ain't That A Shame
    Fats Domino - I'm Walkin'
    Isley Brothers - Shout
    James Brown - I Feel Good
    James Brown - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
    Johnny Mathis - Chances Are
    Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
    Little Richard - Send Me Some Lovin'
    Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through the Grapevine
    Otis Redding - Hard to Handle
    Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
    Ray Charles - The Night Time Is The Right Time
    Ray Charles - What I Say
    Sam & Dave - Hold On I'm Coming
    Sam & Dave - Soul Man
    Sam Cooke - Change Gonna Come
    Sam Cooke - Havin' A Party
    Sam Cooke - Only You
    Sam Cooke - Twistin' the Night Away
    Sam Cooke - You Send Me
    Staple Singers - Respect Yourself
    T-Bone Walker - Stormy Monday
    Temptations - Get Ready
    Temptations - My Girl
    The Dominoes - Sixty Minute Man
    The Drifters - On Broadway
    The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk
    The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
    Tina Turner - Proud Mary
    Wilson Pickett - 634-5789
    Wilson Pickett - I Can't Turn You Loose
    Wilson Pickett - Land of 1,000 Dances
    Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
  • R&B, Funk, and Disco
    Al Green - Love & Happiness
    Kool & The Gang - Celebration
    Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
    Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
    Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
    Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
    Neville Brothers - Tell It Like It
    Rick James - Super Freak
    Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You
    Stevie Wonder - Sunshine of My Life
    Stevie Wonder - Superstition

  • Basin Street Blue
    Begin the Beguine
    Can't Get Started With You
    Days of Wine & Roses
    Girl From Ipanema
    Good Night Irene
    I've Got You Under My Skin
    In The Mood
    It Had to Be You
    It's Impossible
    Mack the Knife
    Mona Lisa
    New York, New York
    Old Black Magic
    Satin Doll
    Sentimental Reasons
    Shadow of Your Smile
    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    St. James Infirmary
    Stars Fell on Alabama
    That's Amore
    What a Wonderful World
    Willow Weep For Me
    You're Nobody 'Til Somebody
    Louis Armstrong - Wonderful World
  • Classic Rock
    Bob Seeger - Old Time Rock & Roll
    Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
  • Reggae
    Bob Marley - I Shot the Sheriff
  • Specialty Songs
    Going To New Orleans
    Hava Nagila (and others)
    Hey Pocky Way
    Iko Iko
    Mardi Gras Mambo
    Sunrise, Sunset
    Toot Toot
    When the Saints Go Marchin In
    Buster Poindexter - Hot Hot Hot
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters