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May 23, 2017

Gary U.S. Bonds – Dedication (1981) – Lp

by Record Facts

Gary U.S. Bonds (born Gary Levone Anderson, June 6, 1939, in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer.












Artist:  Gary U.S. Bonds
Title:  Dedication
Year: 1981
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  1A 062-400007

Dedication is an album released by Gary U.S. Bonds in 1981, the first of two on which he collaborated with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the second being On the Line, released the following year, 1982. The musicians accompanying Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band and the Asbury Jukes. The album includes three songs written by Bruce Springsteen, one written by Steve Van Zandt, and several covers of songs from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and others. It also features a duet between Bonds and Springsteen on the track “Jole Blon“. Bonds’ early 1960s sound had been a major influence on both Springsteen and Van Zandt. The songs written by Springsteen, including the cover of “Jole Blon”, were originally intended for his 1980 album, The River, but he felt they fitted better with Bonds and his versions of them have never been released although he has performed most of them live, often featuring Bonds as a special guest.

The album produced several singles. The Springsteen-penned “This Little Girl” was a major success,  as well as the Cajun traditional “Jole Blon”, which garnered some album-oriented rock Airplay.


Side one
1.  Jole Blon  (3:25)
2.  This Little Girl  (3:42)
3.  Your Love  (3:26)
4.  Dedication  (3:11)
5.  Daddy’s Come Home  (6:22)

Side two
1.  It’s Only Love  (3:03)
2.  The Pretender  (6:12)
3.  Way Back When  (4:03)
4.  From A Buick 6  (4:24)
5.  Just Like A Child  (3:40)

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