Grady Gaines

Real name: Grady Lee Gaines Sr.
Born: May 14, 1934, Waskom, Texas
Died: January 29, 2021, Houston, Texas

 


GRADY GAINES / GRADY GAINES’ UPSETTERS: SINGLES

FALCON 1010 – THE UPSETTERS
The Upsetter (instr.) / The Strip (instr.) (1958 US)

GEE G-1055 – THE UPSETTERS
Rolling On (instr.) / Blues (instr.) (1960 US)

FIRE 1029 – THE UPSETTERS
Jay Walking (instr.) / Steppin’ Out (instr.) (1960 US)

LITTLE STAR 118 – THE UPSETTERS
‘Tater Machine (instr.) / Let’s Get A Thing Going (instr.) (1962 US)

LITTLE STAR 123 (green label) – THE WORLD FAMOUS UPSETTERS (feat. Little Richard:vcl)
Yes It’s Me (I’m In Love Again) / Every Night About This Time (1962 US)

LITTLE STAR 123 (light green label) – THE WORLD FAMOUS UPSETTERS (feat. Little Richard:vcl)
I’m In Love Again / Every Night About This Time (1962 US)

MYSTIC VALLEY 551 – THE WORLD FAMOUS UPSETTERS (feat. Little Richard:vcl)
Yes It’s Me (I’m In Love Again) / Every Night About This Time (196? US)

LITTLE STAR 128 – THE WORLD FAMOUS UPSETTERS (feat. Little Richard:vcl on a-side)
Valley Of Tears / Freedom Ride (instr.) (1963 US)

SOUND OF SOUL SS 105 – THE WORLD FAMOUS UPSETTERS
K.P. (instr.) / Cabbage Greens (instr.) (1966 US)

OVIDE 235 (promo) – PRETTY GRADY GAINES ORCHESTRA
The Big D.J. Party (Part 1) (instr.) / The Big D.J. Party (Part 2) (instr.) (1968 US)

# (acetate) – GRADY GAINES
Let’s Get A Good Thing Going (instr.) / Going To The River (instr.) (19?? US)

CU-BE-AR 98020 – GRADY GAINES AND HIS LONGHORN SOUND
Who-She-Ku-She (Part 1) (instr.) / Who-She-Ku-She (Part 2) (instr.) (19?? US)

JAY 101 – GRADY GAINES & THE FLIRTS
Let Your Thing Hang Down (instr.) / Midnight Sensations (instr.) (1974 US)

LIL’S 102 – GRADY GAINES & HIS BLUES RAMBLERS
Let Your Thing Hang Down (instr.) / Something On Your Mind (instr.) (1985 US)

NORTON 876 (reissue) – THE UPSETTERS
Where You Goin’ There, Sapphire? / (reverse by Little Victor: Papa Lou And Gran) (2008 US)

OUTTA SIGHT RSV-012 (reissue) – THE UPSETTERS
Jaywalking / (reverse by Billy Hambric: Flaming Mamie) (2012 UK)

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CHARLES CONNOR’S UPSETTERS (without Grady Gaines): SINGLES

KEEP A-ROCKIN’ RECORDS CCB-101 – THE CHARLES CONNOR BAND
Drummer Man / My Fanny Mae (1984? US)

KEEP A-ROCKIN’ RECORDS CCU-101 (red transparent vinyl) – THE UPSETTERS
I Got It / Don’t You Just Know It (1984 US)

KEEP A-ROCKIN’ RECORDS CCU-102 (red transparent vinyl) – CHARLES CONNOR’S UPSETTERS
Kiss My Love / Downtown Bus (1984 US)

KEEP A-ROCKIN’ RECORDS CCU-103 (red transparent vinyl) – THE UPSETTERS
File Gumbo / Bonnie Moronie (1984 US)

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GRADY GAINES: ALBUMS

BLACK TOP BT-1041 [LP/CD] – GRADY GAINES & THE TEXAS UPSETTERS: FULL GAIN (1988 US)
Mr. Blues In The Sky / I’ve Been Out There / If I Don’t Get Involved (I Can’t Get Hurt) / Full Gain / Shaggy Dog / Soul Twist / If I Loved You A Little Less / Your Girlfriend / Stealing Love / There Is Something On Your Mind / Gangster Of The Blues / Miss Lucy Brown
(featuring Grady Gaines:ten.sax/vcl, Joe Medwick:vcl, Big Robert Smith:vcl, Teddy Reynolds:pno/vcl, Roy Gaines:gtr/vcl, Clarence Holliman:gtr, Amuel Murphy:ten.sax, Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff:bar.sax, Syl LeBlanc:bar.sax, Conrad Johnson:alto sax, Patrick Williams:tp, Floyd Arceneaux:tp, Melvin Dusmuke:tp, Paul David Roberts:tb, Lloyd Lambert:bs, Walter Joseph:dms & David Lee:dms)

BLACK TOP BT/CD BT 1057 [LP/CD] – GRADY GAINES & THE TEXAS UPSETTERS: BLACK TOP BLUES-A-RAMA, VOL. 4 – DOWN & DIRTY (1990 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: Grady’s Slow Theme And Introduction / Let Your Thing Hang Down / Lonesome Saxophone / Paul David Roberts: Miracle / I Found A Sure Enuff Good Love / The Texas Upsetters: Grady’s Fast Chaser Theme / Joe Medwick: Introduction / Don’t Cry No More / C.C. Rider / If I Don’t Get Involved / I Pity The Fool / Big Robert Smith: Introduction / Can’t Turn You Loose / 24 Hours Of The Day / Driving Wheel / Big Robert’s Strokin’ Too / The Texas Upsetters: Grady’s Slow Theme / Midnight Shuffle
(recorded live at Tipitina’s in 1989)

BLACK TOP BT-1084 [CD] – GRADY GAINES & THE TEXAS UPSETTERS: HORN OF PLENTY (1992 US)
Baby, Work Out / I’m Packin’ Up / Upsetter / Stomp House Blues / Have Fun, Baby / Walking With Robert / Alligator Rock / G.G. Shuffle / Looking For One Real Good Friend / Baby Don’t Do It / My Baby Changed Me / When Something’s Wrong With My Baby / Jumbo
(featuring Grady Gaines:ten.sax/vcl, Carol Fran:vcl, Teddy Reynolds:pno/vcl, Sammy Berfect:pno/org, Big Robert Smith:fd/vcl, Anson Funderburgh:gtr, Clarence Holliman:gtr,Paul David Roberts:tb/vcl, Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff:ten/bar.sax, Chuck Easterling:tp, Keith Winkling:tp, George Porter Jr.:bs, Ronnie Dent:bs & Herman V. Ernest III:dms/perc)
– Japanese edition: P-Vine PCD-22258 –


GULF COAST ENTERTAINMENT SC0012 [CD] – GRADY GAINES & THE TEXAS UPSETTERS: JUMP START (2002 US)
Jump Start My Heart / Finger Poppin’ Time / A Lover’s Question / Jump My Baby / KP / Fool’s Paradise / 300 Pounds Of Joy / Let Them Talk / Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey / Beans And Corn Bread / Flip Flop
(featuring Grady Gaines:tenor sax, Nelson Mills III:tp, Grady Gaines Jr:sopr.sax, Paul Roberts:tb/vcl, Michael Spencer:gtr, Wayne Richards:bs, Christopher Perry:dms, Kenneth Hall:keys/Hammond, Patrick Harris:vcl, Yolanda Evette Busby:vcl, Big Robert Smith:vcl + Roy Gaines:gtr [2,6,11] + Ernie Wells:gtr [1,4,5,7] + Alan Dossett:perc [2,9,11])

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GRADY GAINES: COMPILATIONS (including The Upsetters’ solo works)

UNION PACIFIC UP003 [LP] – LITTLE RICHARD: YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN (1971 UK)
The World Famous Upsetters (feat. Little Richard): I’m In Love Again / Every Night About This Time

REDITA RLP 103 [LP] – LITTLE RICHARD/JERRY LEE LEWIS/LARRY WILLIAMS: THE GREAT ROCK STARS (1973 HOL)
The World Famous Upsetters (feat. Little Richard): I’m In Love Again / Every Night About This Time / Freedom Ride / Valley Of Tears

CHARLY CRB 1084 [LP] – V/A: THE NEW ORLEANS CONNECTION (1984 UK)
The Upsetters: The Strip / Wake Up / Upsetter / Upsetter Rock

BLACK TOP BT 1044/CD BT 1044 [LP/CD] – V/A: BLACK TOP BLUES-A-RAMA, VOL. 1 (LP/CD)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: Hard Time Blues / Something On Your Mind
(1988 live recordings) 1988 US

STRIP ST-003 [LP] – V/A: LAS VEGAS GRIND! VOLUME 3 (1988 US)
The Upsetters: The Strip
– lp reissue: Strip 003, 2016 GER / cd reissue: Strip ST-075, 1995 GER –

BLACK TOP BTS 1 [LP] – V/A: THIS IS BLACK TOP – PAVING THE WAY TO YOUR SOUL (1989 UK)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: Full Gain / If I Don’t Get Involved

BLACK TOP BT 1055/CD BT 1055 [LP/CD] – V/A: GULF COAST BLUES, VOLUME ONE (1990 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: Lonesome Saxophone, Part I / Lonesome Saxophone, Part II

WILDERNESS 21667 [LP]- V/A: WILD AND FRANTIC (19??)
The World Famous Upsetters (feat. Little Richard): I’m In Love Again

RELIC/LU PINE 8008 [LP] – V/A: A ROCK’N’ROLL PARTY (19?? US)
The Upsetters: Where You Going There Sapphire?
(Note: prev. unissued recording, probably by the same The Upsetters?)

STRIP ST-00102/CD-STRIP1-2 [CD] – V/A: LAS VEGAS GRIND, PART 1 (19?? GER)
The Upsetters: The Strip

BLACK TOP CD BT-1078 [CD] – V/A: SOUL SURVEY – A BLUES SAMPLER (1992 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: I’ve Been Out There

RELIC 7046 [LP/CD] – V/A: RAGING HARLEM HIT PARADE #2 (1993 US)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

CAPRICORN 893 9 42009-2 [2-CD] – V/A: THE FIRE/FURY RECORDS STORY (1993 US)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

BLACK TOP CD BT-1116 [CD] – V/A: BLUES COSTUME PARTY (1995 US)
Grady Gaines with The Texas Upsetters: Have Fun, Baby

BLACK TOP CD BT-1122 [CD] – V/A: (BLACK TOP RECORDS PRESENTS) BLUES, MISTLETOE & SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER (1995 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: Grady & Santa Is Coming To Town

GREASY/OIL-SLICK GR 002 [LP] – V/A: GREASY ROCK’N’ROLL, VOL. 2 (1995 UK)
The Upsetters: Where You Going There Sapphire?

OFFICIAL OFF CD 5005 [CD] – V/A: MORE WILD & FRANTIC (1995 DEN)
The World Famous Upsetters (feat. Little Richard): I’m In Love Again

RUNNING WILD 2 [LP] – V/A: RUNNING WILD, VOLUME TWO (1996)
The Upsetters: Where You Going There Sapphire?

HIP-O HIPD-40008 [CD/CS] – V/A: SOULFUL GROOVES, VOLUME 2 (1996 US)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

CHARLY CD LAB 102 [2-CD] – V/A: LEGENDARY RECORD LABELS – THE FIRE & FURY STORY (1996 UK)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

EASYDISC 7047 [CD] – V/A: BLUES SAX POWER (1997 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: G.G. Shuffle

EASYDISC 7049 [CD] – V/A: BLUES GUITAR DUELS (1997 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: Full Gain

BLACK TOP BTEL-7007 [CD] – V/A: JUMP & SWING WITH BLACK TOP (1997 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: Jumbo

EASYDISC 7063 [CD] – V/A: BLUES GUMBO (1998 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: Stomp House Blues

HOUSE OF BLUES 51416 1466 2 [18-CD] – V/A: THE ESSENTIAL SHOEBOX FULL OF BLUES (1999 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: There Is Something On Your Mind

HOUSE OF BLUES/PLATINUM ENTERTAUNMENT 5146 1286 2 NOBC [2-CD] – V/A: ESSENTIAL TEXAS BLUES (1999 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: There Is Something On Your Mind

BLAKEY GRCD12 [CD] – V/A: GREASY ROCK’N’ROLL, VOLUME 1 & 2 (200? UK)
The Upsetters: Where You Going There Sapphire?

MR. MAESTRO 300 [CD] – V/A: WILD AND FRANTIC (200?)
The World Famous Upsetters (feat. Little Richard): I’m In Love Again

COLLECTABLES COL-CD-7206 [CD] – V/A: VEE JAY RHYTHM & BLUES – THE SOUL ERA, PART ONE (2000 US)
The Upsetters: Wake Up

SOUND OF SOUL SOS 1004 [CD] – V/A: MR. WIGGLES PRESENTS – CLASSIC SOUL (200? UK)
The World Famous Upsetters: K.P.

SOUND OF SOUL SOS 1006 [CD] – V/A: LOST SOUL TREASURES, VOLUME 5 (2001 UK)
The Upsetters: Let’s Get A Thing Goin’

SOUND OF SOUL # [CD] – MR. WIGGLES: AGAIN (2002 US)
The World Famous Upsetters: Fat Back

SOUND OF SOUL SOS115 [CD] – MR. WIGGLES: INSTRUMENTAL SOUL (2003 US)
The World Famous Upsetters (feat. Mr. Wiggles): You Upset My Mind / Wash My Back / Together We Stand / Cabbage Greens / 00 Soul / Fell In Love / Ride Paul Revere / T-Model Ford / Money Talks / Fat Back

SOUND OF SOUL # [CD] – MR. WIGGLES: MR. WIGGLES AND FRIENDS (200? US)
The World Famous Upsetters: K.P.

SOUND OF SOUL # [CD] – MR. WIGGLES: MR. WIGGLES AND HIS SOUND OF SOUL FAMILY (200? US)
The World Famous Upsetters: Cabbage Greens

THE MONSTER # [CDR] – V/A: THE MONSTER – VOLUME FIVE (200? US)
The Upsetters: Upsetter Rock

INVISIBLE COLLEGE IC 001 [CD] – V/A: THE RUSTLERS ROOTS OF FUNK (2003 UK)
The World Famous Upsetters: Cabbage Greens / K.P.

LA CIENEGA LACGA 702 [CD] – V/A: THE UPSETTERS (2003 SPA)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking / Upsetter / Upsetter Rock / Every Night About This Time (feat. Little Richard) / I’m In Love Again (feat. Little Richard) / The Strip / ‘Tater Machine / Let’s Get A Thing Going

CHARLY/SNAPPER SNAJ 730 CD [3-CD] – V/A: THE FIRE & FURY STORY (2005 UK)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

TWISTIN’ RUMBLE TR-62011 [LP] – V/A: TWISTIN’ RUMBLE, VOLUME 1 (2007 GER)
The Upsetters: The Upsetter

TWISTIN’ RUMBLE TR-62013 [LP] – V/A: TWISTIN’ RUMBLE, VOLUME 3 (2007 GER)
The Upsetters: Wake Up

TWISTIN’ RUMBLE TR-62011 [CD] – V/A: TWISTIN’ RUMBLE!! VOLUME ONE (200? GER)
The Upsetters: The Upsetter

TWISTIN’ RUMBLE TR-62012 [CD] – V/A: TWISTIN’ RUMBLE!! VOLUME TWO (200? GER)
The Upsetters: Wake Up

GREEN POWER 02 [CD] – LITTLE RICHARD: WILD & FRANTIC LITTLE RICHARD (2007)
The World Famous Upsetters (feat. Little Richard): Yes It’s Me (I’m In Love Again) / Every Night About This Time / Valley Of Tears / ‘Tater Machine

ACE CDCHD 1211 [CD] – V/A: HOLY MACKEREL – PRETENDERS TO LITTLE RICHARD’S THRONE (2009 UK)
The World Famous Upsetters: I’m In Love Again

EXPOSE MUSIX EX-101 [CD] – V/A: WHAT IT IS (2009 US)
Grady Gaines: Let Your Thing Hang Down (remix)

ACE CDCHD 1303 [CD] – V/A: THE BIG BEAT – THE DAVE BARTHOLOMEW SONGBOOK (2011 UK)
The World Famous Upsetters: Every Night About This Time

VICTOR 3411369971523 [CD] – V/A: TOURNÉE – UN FILM DE MATHIEU AMALRIC (2010 EU)
The Upsetters: The Shimmy

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061 880 2 [2-CD] – V/A: THE FIRE/FURY RECORDS R&B STORY (2011 US)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

ACE CDCHD 1303 [CD] – V/A: THE BIG BEAT – THE DAVE BARTHOLOMEW SONGBOOK (2011 UK)
The World Famous Upsetters: Every Night About This Time

FANTASTIC VOYAGE FVTD131 [3-CD] – V/A: HEAVY SUGAR SECOND SPOONFUL – THE PURE ESSENCE OF NEW ORLEANS R&B (2011 UK)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

CHARLY 652 X/D 595 [CD] – V/A: THE SCENE CLUB (2013 UK)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

OUTTA SIGHT RSCD001 [CD] – V/A: OUTTA SIGHT THE R&B SINGLES COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 (2013 UK)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

SMITH & CO SCCD 2493 [2-CD] – LITTLE RICHARD: JUST ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS! (2013 HOL)
The World Famous Upsetters: Valley Of Tears / Freedom Ride / Every Night About This Time / I’m In Love Again

ONE DAY MUSIC DAY2CD208 [2-CD] – V/A: NORTHERN SOUL FLOORFILLERS (2013 UK)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

ONE DAY MUSIC DAY2CD270 [2-CD] – V/A: DING DONG – THE GEE RECORDS STORY 1956-1962 (2014 UK)
The Upsetters: Blues

ONE DAY MUSIC DAY2CD256 [2-CD] – V/A: THE SKY IS CRYING – THE FIRE RECORDS STORY (2014 UK)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

ROCKBEAT RBCD3269 [2-CD] – V/A: BLACKTOP BLUES A-RAMA – LIVE FROM TIPITINA’S NEW ORLEANS 1977-1989 (2014 US)
Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters: Hard Time Blues / Something On Your Mind

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061 997 2 [2-CD] – V/A: THE FIRE/FURY RECORDS STORY – RARITIES COLLECTION (2014 US)
The Upsetters: Steppin’ Out

STRIP 002 [2-CD] – V/A: LOUIE’S LIMBO LOUNGE A.K.A. LAS VEGAS GRIND, VOL. 2 (2015 US)
The Upsetters: ‘Tater Machine

HISTORY OF SOUL SOUL012 [2-CD] – V/A: INSTRUMENTALS SOUL-STYLE (2015 UK)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

HISTORY OF SOUL SOUL021 [8-CD] – V/A: FROM SACRED TO SECULAR – A SOUL AWAKENING (2015 UK)
The World Famous Upsetters: Every Night About This Time

RHYTHM & BLUES RANDB045 [2-CD] – V/A: MIGHTY INSTRUMENTALS R&B-STYLE 1958 (2017 UK)
The World Famous Upsetters: Upsetter Rock / The Strip

REEL TO REEL MUSIC COMPANY RTRCD7 [4-CD] – V/A: NORTHERN SOUL (2018 US)
The Upsetters: Jay Walking

JASMINE JASMCD 3145 [CD] – V/A: PLAY IT AGAIN – R&B ANSWERS, COPYCATS & FOLLOW-UPS, VOLUME 2 (2020 UK)
The World Famous Upsetters: Every Night About This Time

KOKO MOJO KMCD 50 [CD] – V/A: BOSS BLACK ROCKERS, VOL. 1 – SHE CAN ROCK (2020 GER)
The World Famous Upsetters: I’m In Love Again

KOKO MOJO KMCD 52 [CD] – V/A: BOSS BLACK ROCKERS, VOL. 3 – ROCKIN’ SHOES (2020 GER)
The Upsetters: Steppin’ Out

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CHARLES CONNORS’ UPSETTERS (without Grady Gaines): COMPILATIONS

LONESOME TOWN LT 500 [CD] – V/A: THE BEST OF LONESOME TOWN RECORDS – LOS ANGELES ROCKABILLY, DOO-WOP AND HARDCORE RHYTHM & BLUES (I LOVE TRACI LORDS) (1995 US)
Willie Egan with Charles Connor’s Upsetters (recorded in 1987): Tired Of Being Alone / It’s All Right, Baby / Booger Barcaloo & the Upsetters (recorded in 1988): Nuke Beverly Hills

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GRADY GAINES’ UPSETTERS: SESSION WORKS / SINGLES

SPECIALTY 584 – LITTLE RICHARD & HIS BAND (b-side with The Upsetters)
Heeby-Jeebies / She’s Got It (10/1956 US)

SPECIALTY 611 – LITTLE RICHARD & HIS BAND (a-side with The Upsetters)
Keep A Knockin’ / Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave (9/1957 US)

ATLANTIC 1147 – PRETTY BOY (= Don Covay with The Upsetters)
Bip Bop Bip / Paper Dollar (1957 US)

LONDON HL-1250 – PRETTY BOY (= Don Covay with The Upsetters)
Bip Bop Bip / Paper Dollar (1957 AUS)

VEE-JAY VJ 262 – LARRY BIRDSONG (a) / LARRY BIRDSONG, THE DICK NOEL SINGERS (b) (a-side poss. with The Upsetters)
Oh, Oh My Darling / Time Will (Time) (1957 US)

VEE-JAY VJ 272 – LEE DIAMOND (with The Upsetters)
Mama Loochie / Hattie Malatti (1957 US)

VEE-JAY VJ 291 – LEONARD “CHICK” CARBO WITH THE UPSETTERS
So Tired / Pigtails And Blue Jeans (1958 US)

FALCON 1009 – DEE CLARK AND THE ORIGINAL LITTLE RICHARD BAND
Oh Little Girl / Wondering (1958 US)

MONTEL 1001 – LESTER ROBERTSON & THE UPSETTERS
My Girl Across Town / Take It Home To Grandma (1958 US)

SPECIALTY 633 – LITTLE RICHARD & HIS BAND (a-side with The Upsetters)
Ooh! My Soul / True Fine Mama (1958 US)

SPECIALTY 645 – LITTLE RICHARD & HIS BAND (b-side with The Upsetters)
Baby Face / Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo (I’ll Never Let You Go) (1958 US)

SPECIALTY 652 – LITTLE RICHARD & HIS BAND (with The Upsetters)
She Knows How To Rock / Early One Morning (1958 US)

SPECIALTY 670 – LITTLE RICHARD (a-side with The Upsetters)
Shake A Hand / All Night Long (6/1959 US)

SPECIALTY 680 – LITTLE RICHARD & HIS BAND (b-side with The Upsetters)
Maybe I’m Right / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (8/1959 US)

PALM 200 – CHICO BOOTH & THE UPSETTERS
Hot Peppers / (Let’s Do) The Shimmy (1959 US)

MONTEL 1004 – LESTER ROBERTSON (poss. with The Upsetters)
My Heart Forever Yearns / Oh Babe (1959 US)

MONTEL 903 – LESTER ROBERTSON (poss. with The Upsetters)
My Girl Across Town / My Heart Forever Yearns (1959 US)

THREE-D 850/OKEH 4-7125 – BILLY LAMONT, ROBERT BANKS ORCH. (poss. with The Upsetters?)
Country Boy / Can’t Make It By Myself (1959 US)

OKEH 4-7131 – BILLY LAMONT (poss. with The Upsetters)
I’m Gonna Try / Now, Darling (1960 US)

DAWN D-100/1 – PEARL WOODS (with The Upsetters)
Right Now / Sippin’ Sorrow (1961 US)

CHARGE 2001 – PEARL WOODS (with The Upsetters)
Sippin Sorrow / Right Now (1961 US)

PARKWAY P-104 – MR. WIGGLES & THE WIGGLIN’ MEN (feat. The Upsetters)
Fat Back (Part I) / Fat Back (Part II) (instr.) (1964 US)

GOLDEN TRIANGLE 100 – MR. WIGGLES (poss. with The Upsetters)
Home Boy / Wash My Back (1965 US)

HOLLYWOOD H-92586 (promo, reissue, red vinyl) – LEE DIAMOND AND THE UPSETTERS
Mama Loochie / (reverse by The Royal Jesters: Wisdom Of A Fool) (1965? US)


In addition, before teaming up with Little Richard’s Upsetters, Grady Gaines worked as a session musician for Don Robey’s Duke/Peacock Records. His saxophone can be heard for instance on “Dirty Work At The Crossroads” / “You Got Money” (Peacock 1607, 1953) by Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, “Your Kind Of Love” (Duke 130, 1954) by Earl Forest, “Stay Here With Me” and “Too Fine To Be Mine” (Peacock 5-1645, 1955) by David Dean, and “Hello Maria” / “Pack Fair And Square” (Peacock 1666, 1956) by Big Walter Price. The original Upsetters, pianist-tenor saxophonist Wilbert Smith (a.k.a. Lee Diamond), tenor-saxophonist Danny Carmichael, guitarist Thomas Harwell, pianist Luke Gonder, bassist Jimmy Rice, and drummer Charles Connors had been regular members of Little Richard’s band already since 1954. Most of them appear (along with Penniman himself) on Christine Kittrell’s 1954 recordings “Lord, Have Mercy (I’m So Lonely)” (Republic 7096, 10/1954) and “Call His Name” (Republic 7109, 3/1955). When Gaines joined the group in 1956, the rest of line-up usually consisted of Clifford Burks, Wilbert Smith, Samuel Parker Jr. on saxophones, Nathaniel Douglas on guitar, Olsie Robinson on bass, and Charles Connors on drums.

During the Little Star sessions in c. 1960, The Upsetters were: Little Richard:vcl/pno, Joe Hughes:gtr, Milton Hopkins:gtr, Grady Gaines:sax, Richard Roy:sax, Clifford Burks:sax, Olsie Robinson:bs, and possibly Emile Russell:dms.

Also the original drummer Charles Connor re-formed his own Upsetters in 1983. Connors’ band consisted of white musicians including Robert Leslie, David Haskin, and a few others. Grady Gaines hasn’t worked with this line-up.

In addition, Grady Gaines’ band accompanies Sam Cooke on his RCA recordings 1960-64, including “Bring It On Home”, “Twisting The Night Away”.

Note: According to Dik de Heer (in his e-mail dated January 8th, 2010): “The Larry Birdsong single [“If You Don’t Want Me No More” / “I’m Pleading Just For You”, issued on Vee-Jay VJ 254 in 1957] was recorded with Cosimo Matassa’s studio band – you can hear it, this is not the Upsetters sound, but a typical New Orleans recording.”

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GRADY GAINES’ UPSETTERS: SESSION WORKS / ALBUMS (omit recordings with Little Richard)

VEE-JAY LP-1019/SR-1019 [LP] – DEE CLARK: YOU’RE LOOKING GOOD (1960 US)
Dee Clark & The Upsetters: Wondering
– reissue: Joy JOYS 130, 1970 UK –

VEE-JAY LP-1036 [LP] – V/A: TEEN DELIGHTS, VOL. 2 (1961 US)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malattie

VEE-JAY VJ-1084 [LP] – V/A: THIS IS WHERE IT IS – THE ORIGINAL NITTY GRITTY (1963 US)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malattie

SUE ILP 933 [LP] – V/A: THE SUE STORY! VOL. 2 (1966 UK)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malattie

SUNSET SUS-5217 [LP] – DEE CLARK: WONDERING (1969 US)
Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Wondering

COLLECTOR LP 1016 [LP] – V/A: HAVE SOME REAL SOUND, HAVE SOME ROCK AND ROLL (1973 HOL)
Pretty Boy with The Upsetters: Bip Bop Bip

COLLECTOR CLS 2301 [LP] – V/A: SUPER ROCK AND ROLL, PART A (1975 HOL)
Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: My Girl Across Town

CHARLY CRB 1010 [LP] – DEE CLARK: KEEP IT UP (1980 UK)
Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Oh Little Girl / Wondering

CAMBRA CR 106 [2-LP] – V/A: RYTHM’N’BLUES [sic] AT ITS BEST (1983 UK)
Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Oh Little Girl / Just Keep It Up

CHARLY CRB 1084 [LP] – V/A: THE UPSETTERS – THE NEW ORLEANS CONNECTION (1984 UK)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malatti / A Girl In Every City / Baldheaded Baby / Mama Loochie / Leonard Carbo with The Upsetters: Pigtails And Blue Jeans / So Tired / Larry Birdsong (poss. with The Upsetters): I’m Pleading Just For You / If You Don’t Want Me No More / Time / My Darling / Leonard Carbo with The Upsetters: Baby Baby / I Don’t Want To Lose Her

SOLID SMOKE SS-8026 [LP] – DEE CLARK: HIS BEST RECORDINGS (DEE CLARK, THE KOOL GENTS AND THE DELEGATES) (1984 US)
Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Wondering

CHARLY CD CHARLY 69 [CD] – DEE CLARK: RAINDROPS – 32 HIT RECORDINGS (1987 UK/FRA)
Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Oh Little Girl / Wondering

MAVERICK 004 [EP] (p/s) – V/A: MAVERICKS ROCK’N’ROLL SOCK HOP, VOL. 1 (198? EU)
Lester Robertson (poss. with The Upsetters): Oh Babe

WILDCAT WCR 205 [EP] (p/s) – V/A: IN THE CAREFREE WAY TO TRAVEL TODAY! (198? SWE)
Pretty Boy with The Upsetters: Bip Bop Bip

CANDY 001 [LP] – V/A: AT THE PARTY! 16 ROMPIN’ STOMPIN’ LEASE BREAKIN’ TUNES (198? GER)
Pretty Boy with The Upsetters: Bip Bop Bip

SAVAGE KICK SK 503 [LP] – V/A: SAVAGE KICK, VOL. 3 – BLACK ROCK’N’ROLL (198? UK)
Pearl Woods with The Upsetters: Sippin’ Sorrow

SEPIA 003 [CD] – V/A: EENY MEENY MOE! (199? FRA)
Pearl Woods with The Upsetters: Sippin’ Sorrow

RAZOR & TIE RE 2053 [CD] – DON COVAY: MERCY MERCY – THE DEFINITE DON COVAY (1994 US)
Pretty Boy with The Upsetters: Bip Bop Bip

CHARLY CDRB 19 [CD] – DEE CLARK: HEY LITTLE GIRL – CHARLY R&B MASTERS, VOL. 19 (1995 UK)
Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Oh Little Girl / Wondering

DEMAND LP 210/OFFICIAL CD 5565 [LP/CD] – DON COVAY: OOH! MY SOUL – THE ROCKIN’ YEARS (1998 FRA/DEN)
Pretty Boy with The Upsetters: Bip Bop Bip

MR. DJ CD 101 [CD] – V/A: CRUISIN’ CLASSICS, VOL. 1 (1998)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Mama Loochie

RELIC CD 7138 [CD] – BOBBY PETERSON QUINTET: IRRESISTABLE YOU – PIANO ROCK (1999 US)
Chico Booth & The Upsetters: The Shimmy

ACE CDCHD 718 [CD] – V/A: LET THE BOOGIE WOOGIE ROCK’N’ROLL (1999 UK)
Pretty Boy with The Upsetters: Bip Bop Bip

MR. MAESTRO 300 [CD] – V/A: WILD AND FRANTIC (19??)
Pretty Boy with The Upsetters: Bip Bop Bip / Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: My Girl Across Town / Take It Home To Grandma

VEE-JAY NVD2-708 [CD] – V/A: THE ORIGINAL NITTY GRITTY – THE UNAVAILABLE 16 (19?? US)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malatti

ITZY 1007 [2-CD] – V/A: PITTSBURGH’S FAVORITE OLDIES “AT THE HOP XI” – WEST VIEW DANCE LAND REVISITED (19??)
Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: My Girl Across Town

TUFF CITY PROMID 01 [CD] (promo) – V/A: TUFF CITY AND NIGHT TRAIN INT’L CATALOG (19?? US)
Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: My Girl Across Town

SOUND OF SOUL # [CD] – MR. WIGGLES: MR. WIGGLES AND HIS SOUND OF SOUL FAMILY (200? US)
Mr. Wiggles with The Upsetters: Agent 00 Sou

COLLECTABLES COL-CD-7265 [CD] – DEE CLARK: YOU’RE LOOKING GOOD/HOLD ON, IT’S DEE CLARK (2000 US)
Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Wondering

NEON NE 34538 [CD] – DEE CLARK: RAINDROPS (2000 EU)
Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Oh Little Girl / Wondering

OFFICIAL OFCD 5676 [CD] – V/A: BILLY LAMONT MEETS CHUCK EDWARDS (2001 DEN)
Billy Lamont (poss. with The Upsetters): Country Boy / Can’t Make It By Myself (with The Gibraltars) / Now, Darling (with The Gibraltars) / I’m Gonna Try

COLLECTABLES COL-CD-147 [5-CD] – V/A: BEST OF VEE-JAY BLUES (2001 US)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Mama Loochie

P-VINE PCD 5271/4 [4-CD] – V/A: VEE JAY – CHICAGO’S BLUES MUSIC (2002 JPN)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Wake Up / Upsetter Rock / Larry Birdsong with The Upsetters: I’m Pleading Just For You / My Darling / Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malatti / Bald Head Baby / Leonard “Chick” Garbo with The Upsetters: Baby Baby / Pigtails And Blue Jeans / So Tired

SOUND OF SOUL # [CD] – MR. WIGGLES: AGAIN (2002 US)
Mr. Wiggles with The Upsetters: Fat Back (vocal version) / Wash My Back (vocal version) / Ride Paul Revere (vocal version) / Money Talks (vocal version) / Double-0 Soul (vocal version) / You Upset My Mind (vocal version)

ACE CDCHD 880 [CD] – V/A: GREAT GOOGA MOOGA! (2003 UK)
Pretty Boy with The Upsetters: Bip Bop Bip

CASTLE/PULSE PBXCD 355 [3-CD] – V/A: ROCK BABY ROCK IT! – RECORD HOP ROCK’N’ROLL (2003 UK)
Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Oh Little Girl

LA CIENEGA LACGA 702 [CD] – V/A: THE UPSETTERS (2003 SPA)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Mama Loochie / Pretty Boy with The Upsetters: Bip Bop Bip / Christine Kittrell with The Upsetters: Call His Name / Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malatti / Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: A Girl In Every City / Wake Up / Balhead Baby / Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: My Girl Across Town / Dee Clark with The Upsetters: Oh Little Girl / Chico Booth with The Upsetters: The Shimmy / Hot Peppers / Leonardo Carbo with The Upsetters: Pigtails And Blue Jeans / So Tired / Larry Birdsong with The Upsetters: I’m Pleading Just For You (not featuring The Upsetters?) / If You Don’t Want Me No More (not featuring The Upsetters?) / My Darling / Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: Take It Home To Grandma / Leonardo Carbo with The Upsetters: Baby Baby / I Don’t Want To Lose Her

NIGHT TRAIN INTERNATIONAL NTI CD 7147 [CD] – PEARL WOODS: SIPPIN’ SORROW (WITH A SPOON) (2004 US)
Pearl Woods with The Upsetters: Right Now / Sippin’ Sorrow

ACE CDCHD 1008 [CD] – V/A: SUE’S ROCK’N’BLUES – THE UK SUE LABEL STORY, VOL. 2 (2004 UK)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malatti

CHARLY/SNAPPER SNAJ 723 CD [4-CD] – V/A: VEE JAY RECORDS – CHICAGO HIT FACTORY (2004 UK)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malatti / Leonard Garbo with The Upsetters: Pigtails And Blue Jeans

GOLDMINE SOUL SUPPLY GSCD169 [CD] – V/A: R’N’B MEETS NORTHERN SOUL (2005 UK)
Pearl Woods with The Upsetters: Sippin’ Sorrow

SHOUT! FACTORY 631048 [4-CD] – V/A: VEE-JAY – THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION (2007 US)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malatti / Leonard Carbo with The Upsetters: Pigtails And Blue Jeans

FLORIDITA FRCD04 [CD] – V/A: GRANPA’S GULLY ROCK – 25 DYNAMITE R&B GEMS (2008)
Pearl Woods with The Upsetters: Sippin’ Sorrow

PAN AMERICAN 56022 [CD] – V/A: SHE GOT EYES (2008 SWI)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Mama Loochie

FANTASTIC VOYAGE FVTD051 [3-CD] – V/A: HEAVY SUGAR – THE PURE ESSENCE OF NEW ORLEANS R&B (2010 UK)
Lee Diamond with The Upsetters: Hattie Malatti / Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: Take It Home To Grandma

SHEIK LP-504 [LP] – V/A: SAINTS AND SINNERS, VOL. 4 (2011 SPA)
Pearl Woods with The Upsetters: Sippin’ Sorrow

FAREWELL BWR 01 [10″ LP] – V/A: BLUES WITH A RHYTHM, VOL. 1 (2014 FRA)
Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: My Girl Across Town

ACE CDCHD 1388 [CD] – V/A: RHYTHM’N’BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU – ROMPIN’ & STOMPIN’ (2014 UK)
Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: My Girl Across Town

HISTORY OF SOUL SOUL019 [2-CD] – V/A: DOWN IN THE BASEMENT – SOUL FROM NEW YORK 2 (2014 UK)
Pearl Woods with The Upsetters: Right Now

VEE-TONE VTREP 302 [EP] (p/s) – DEE CLARK: ROCK’N’ROLL (2015 UK)
Dee Clark with the Upsetters: Oh Little Girl

ACE CDCHD 1422 [CD] – V/A: RHYTHM’N’BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU – MAD DOGS, SWEET DADDIES & PRETTY BABIES (2015 UK)
Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: Take It Home To Grandma

ACE CDCHD 1478 [CD] – V/A: RHYTHM’N’BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU – NIGHTS OF SIN, DIRTY DEALS AND LOVE SICK SOULS (2016 UK)
Lester Robertson with The Upsetters: My Girl Across Town

KOKO MOJO KM-CD 10 [CD] – V/A: CAT SCRATCHIN’ – LADIES IN THE GROOVE (2018 GER)
Pearl Woods with The Upsetters: Sippin’ Sorrow

JUKEBOX MUSIC FACTORY VID11 [LP+CD] – V/A: VOICES SUPER SOUND (2018 FRA)
Pearl Woods with The Upsetters: Right Now

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GRADY GAINES: SESSION WORKS / ALBUMS

BLACK TOP BT-1040 [LP/CD] – RON LEVY: SAFARI TO NEW ORLEANS (1988 US)
Stir The Roux With You / Life Is Like That / The Fall Guy / Big Mamou / Coconut Milk / Mary Can’t Count / Cool The Fool / The South Shall Rise Again / Carry On Our Carrying On / Nine Pound Hammer / Everybody’s Gotta Cry Sometime
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)

BLACK TOP BT-1043 [LP/CD] – JAMES DAVIS: CHECK OUT TIME (1988 US)
I’m Ready Now / You Did Me Wrong / Hello Sundown / Check-Out Time / What Else Is There To Do? / If I Had My Life To Live Over / It’s Your Turn To Cry / Come By Here / I Should’ve Known Better / A Case Of Love / Bloodshot Eyes / The Dark End Of The Street
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)

BLACK TOP BT-1045 [LP/CD] – V/A: BLACK TOP BLUES-A-RAMA, VOL. 2 (1988 US)
Nappy Brown: Lemon Squeezing Daddy / Bye Bye Baby / Get To Gettin’ / Earl King: The Things That I Used To Do / Ronnie Earl: West Side Soul / Night Flight / Jimmie Davis: Blue Monday Blues / Further On Up The Road / If I Had My Life To Live Over / Hello Sundown
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)

BLACK TOP BT-1046 [LP/CD] – SNOOKS EAGLIN: OUT OF NOWHERE (1988 US)
Oh Lawdy, My Baby / Lipstick Traces / Young Girl / Out Of Nowhere / You’re So Fine / Mailman Blues / Wella Wella Baby-La / Kiss Of Fire / It’s Your Thing / Playgirl / West Side Baby / Cheeta
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)
– reissue: P-Vine PCD-3775, 2003 JPN –


BLACK TOP BT-1049 [LP/CD] – ANSON FUNDERBURGH & THE ROCKERS FEATURING SAM MYERS: RACK ‘EM UP (1989 US)
Tell Me What Have I Done Wrong? / Since We’ve Been Together / Rack ‘Em Up / Mama And Papa / 20 Miles / Hold That Train, Conductor / I’m Your Professor / I’ll Keep On Trying / All Your Love / Are You Out There / Lemonade / Meanstreak
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax; solos on “Tell Me What Have I Done Wrong?” & “Since We’ve Been Together”)

BLACK TOP BT-1058 [LP/CD] – V/A: BLACK TOP BLUES-A-RAMA, VOL. 5 (1989 US)
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters: Love At First Sight / Keep Holding On Baby / Can’t Keep From Crying / I Found A New Love / Earl King: Love Rent / A Weary Silent Night / Night Time Is The Right Time / Joe “Guitar” Hughes: Mother-In-Law Blues / Don’t Run From Your Own Shadow / You Know You Didn’t Want Me
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)

BLACK TOP BT-1072 [CD] – SNOOKS EAGLIN: TEASIN’ YOU (1992 US)
Baby Please Come Home / Soul Train / When It Rains It Pours / Teasin’ You / Dizzy Miss Lizzy / Black Night / Sleepwalk / Traveling Mood / Jesus Will Fix It / Don’t Take It So Hard / Heavy Juice / Lilly Mae / My Love Is Strong / Red Beans
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)

BLACK TOP BT-1089 [CD] – V/A: BLACK TOP BLUES-A-RAMA, VOL. 7 – LIVE AT TIPITINA’S (1993 US)
The Crawl: I Don’t Want You Hanging Around / You Ain’t Like You Used To Be / Should’ve Done Better / Big Robert Smith: 24 Hours Of The Day / Lynn August & The Hot August Knights: Blind Man / Tous Les Temps En Temps / Tous Les Jours Ce N’Est Pas La Meme Chose / Railroad Blues / Carol Fran & Clarence Holliman: Golden Girl / I Needs To Be Be’d With / Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere / Robert Ward: Your Love Is Real / Your Love Is Amazing / Forgive Me Darling / Something For Nothing / Potato Soup
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)

VERVE-POLYGRAM 529465 [CD] – CLARENCE “GATEMOUTH” BROWN: A LONG WAY HOME (1996 US)
Blues Power / Somebody Else / Dockside Boogie / I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) / Here I Go Again / Deep, Deep Water / The Blues Walk / Mean And Evil / Underhand Boogie / Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right / Tobacco Road / Don’t Cry Sister / Long Way Home
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)

DOC BLUES 6806 [CD] – “SONNY BOY” TERRY + AN ALL-STAR CAST: BREAKFAST DANCE (2004 US)
I Live Where The Action Is / I’ll Be Your Fool / Pressure Cookin’ / Jangle Jangle (Down Mexico Way) / Business Man / Moody Blues / Take Your Time / Hey Zydeco / Railroad Tracks / Laundromat Blues / Holman And Dowling / Screwdriver / Pack Fair And Square
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)

SAWDUST ALLEY 4233 [CD] – CALVIN OWENS & THE CALVIN OWENS BLUES ORCHESTRA: THE HOUSE IS BURNIN’ (2004 US)
Opus In Sawdust Alley / Don’t Walk Away / Stop Lying In My Face / Coffee Man / Ladies Please Touch Me / Sweet Lovin’ Man / The House Is Burnin’ Down / Please Love Me / Message To Man / Woman Hollering Creek / Merry Christmas Baby / The Christmas Song
(featuring Grady Gaines on ten.sax)

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© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Dik de Heer | Steven Roby | Tony Watson

Published sources: Blues Records 1943-1970 Volume Two (Mike Leadbitter-Leslie Fancourt-Paul Pelletier, 1994) | The Life And Times Of Little Richard – The Authorised Biography (Charles White, 2003) | R-O-C-K 4/1985 | The R&B Indies 2 (Bob McGrath, 2005) | The R&B Indies 4 (Bob McGrath, 2007)

Online sources: http://www.allmusic.com | http://www.singlesdb.com | http://www.bsnpubs.com | http://www.ebay.com | http://www.gemm.com | http://www.musicstack.com | http://www.gradygaines.com | http://www.discogs.com/artist/553624-Grady-Gaines | http://www.45cat.com/artist/grady-gaines | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grady_Gaines

Note: The contents of this website are informative only! All the corrections/additions are welcome. E-mail: petehoppula @ hotmail.com

Revised on June 10, 2021

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