Grady Gaines


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Musician, Saxophonist

Grady Gaines jumped onto the piano during a gig with Little Richard and wailed on his saxophone back in the early 1950s. The photograph of that event has become iconic as it represents the rhythm and blues roots of rock and roll. Grady played his King saxophone with hundreds of artists over the years including Little Willie John, Bo Diddley, and Sam Cooke. However, it’s for his time on the road with Little Richard that he is best known. Grady wrote the book “I’ve Been There: On the Road with Legends of Rock ‘n Roll” about his life in music, which was published in 2015.