Earl Gains

R&B Vocals

Born: Aug. 19, 1935 Decatur, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Earl Gaines (August 19, 1935 – December 31, 2009)[3] was an American soul blues and electric blues singer.[2] Born in Decatur, Alabama, he sang lead vocals on the hit single "It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)", accredited to Louis Brooks and his Hi-Toppers,[3] before undertaking a low-key solo career. In the latter capacity he had minor success with "The Best of Luck to You" (1966) and "Hymn Number 5" (1973). Noted as the best R&B singer from Nashville, Gaines was also known for his lengthy career.[4]


After moving from his hometown in his teenage years, and relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, Gaines found employment as both a singer and occasional drummer. Via work he did for local songwriter, Ted Jarrett, Gaines moved from singing in clubs to meeting Louis Brooks. Brooks led the instrumental Hi-Toppers, who had a recording contract with the Excello label. Their subsequent joint recording, "It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)," peaked at #2 on the US R&B chart in 1955. It was Gaines biggest hit, but his name was not credited on the record.[2]

Breaking away from the confines of the group, Gaines became part of the 1955 R&B Caravan of Stars, with Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner, and Etta James.[5] Their tour culminated with an appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall.[2] Without any tangible success, Gaines recorded for the Champion and Poncello labels for another few years, as well as joining Bill Doggett's band as lead vocalist. In 1963, he joined Bill "Hoss" Allen's repertoire of artists, and by 1966 had issued the album, The Best of Luck to You, seeing the title track reach the Top 40 in the US R&B chart. He appeared on the television program The !!!! Beat, and later released material for King and Sound Stage 7, including his cover version of "Hymn Number 5".[2] Recordings made between 1967 and 1973 for De Luxe were reissued in 1998.[4] On many of his De Luxe recordings in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Gaines was backed by Freddy Robinson's orchestra.[6]

In 1975, Gaines recorded "Drowning On Dry Land" for Ace, before leaving the music industry for almost a decade and a half, to work as a truck driver.[2][7] He finally re-emerged in 1989 with the album House Party.[4]

In the 1990s Gaines worked with Roscoe Shelton and Clifford Curry.[7] On Appaloosa Records, Gaines issued I Believe in Your Love (1995), and in 1997 he reunited with Curry and Shelton for a collaborative live album.[2] He released Everything’s Gonna Be Alright in 1998.[4] Gaines work was on the 2005 Grammy Award winning Night Train To Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945–1970, an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.[5] His own albums The Different Feelings of Blues and Soul (2005) and Nothin’ But the Blues (2008) followed, the latter released on the Ecko label.[4][7]

In late 2009 Gaines had to cancel a concert tour of Europe due to ill health,[5] and he died in Nashville on the last day of that year, at the age of 74.[3]

He is not to be confused with Steven Earl Gaines, a fellow American musician.



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4^ a b c d e Oermann, Robert K.. "Earl Gaines obituary". Musicrow.com. Retrieved April 30, 2010.

5^ a b c Zettler, Linda. "Earl Gaines obituary". Tennessean.com. Retrieved April 30, 2010.

6^ a b c Wirz.de - accessed April 2010

7^ a b c d e Soulbluesmusic.com - accessed April 2010

8^ "Allmusic ((( Earl Gaines > Discography > Main Albums )))".

9^ "Allmusic ((( Earl Gaines > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))"

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Earl Gaines is a kind of hard-luck case as a recording artist. His biggest hit, far and away, was "It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)." But that record wasn't credited to him, as it was the work of Louis Brooks & His Hi-Toppers, the group with which he was singing lead, and he was never able to duplicate its impact. Gaines was born August 19, 1935, in Decatur, AL, and early in life was singing in church. He left home at age 16 and headed for Nashville, hoping for a career as a blues singer. In order to survive, he also cultivated further musical skills as a drummer.

His first professional work was cutting demos for songwriter and impresario Ted Jarrett, who got him work in the city's clubs. With Jarrett's help, he met Louis Brooks, who was then leading the group the Hi-Toppers as an instrumental outfit, recording for the Excello label. Gaines joined them as a singer and sometimes a percussionist, and their first recording was the Jarrett-authored "It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)," which rose to number two on the R&B charts nationally in 1955. It not only became the group's claim to fame, but was the record that gave Excello a national profile for the first time. Both Gaines and the label were tempted to try and spin him off into a career of his own, and he was more than willing. The Hi-Toppers were content to remain a local act rather than concertize nationally and build on what that record had done. Gaines became part of the package tour called the 1955 R&B Caravan of Stars after its Nashville engagements, a gig that eventually took him to New York's Carnegie Hall for their final show.

Gaines and Excello tried without avail three times over the next two years to repeat the success of "It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)" without reaching the charts. In 1957, he rejoined Jarrett, recording for the labels Champion and Poncello over the next four years, without success. In the meantime, he'd joined Bill Doggett's band as lead vocalist an worked as a session musician on the drums, appearing on numerous recordings. By 1963, he'd joined Bill "Hoss" Allen's stable of artists, through which he worked on the album Best of Luck to You, the title track of which yielded a hit single on the HBR label that put Gaines back in the spotlight again. It was also through his work for Allen that Gaines got onto syndicated television (in color, no less) on the soul showcase The !!!! Beat. He subsequently recorded record for Deluxe/King and Sound Stage 7, including "Hymn Number 5" -- originally by the Mighty Hannibal -- for the latter label.

After recording for the Ace label in 1975, however, he wasn't heard on record for another 14 years, and reportedly left the music business for at least part of this period, working as a truck driver instead. He began reviving his career in 1989 with the album House Party on Meltone Records, and by the 1990s was once again singing full-time, thanks to the efforts of Fred James, a Nashville-based producer whose affection for the classic Excello sound also resulted in the resurrection of onetime label staples including Clifford Curry and Roscoe Shelton; for Appaloosa, Gaines issued his 1995 comeback effort, I Believe in Your Love, and in 1997 he also joined Curry and Shelton for a joint live recording. Gaines continue to record and perform, and a collection of lost soul recordings was released in 2006. ~ Jason Ankeny & Bruce Eder, Rovi

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