Gary U.S. BondsĀ  - QUARTER TO THREE

First performance: 4/10/1974


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 206 times from 1974 till 2014. Most of the time he used the song to close the show.
 
  • The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle tour (10 times)

1974-10-04 - AVERY FISHER HALL, LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY
One show, with Springsteen & The E Street Band the sole artist on the bill. This is the E Street Band debut of violinist Suki Lahav, who has stated that her performance this night was originally intended to be a one-off except that it was so well received by the audience that Bruce asked her to continue. Suki didn't perform at the following two gigs at Albright and Clark but thereafter was a fixture in every show until the end of the tour. Chaos reigned near the end of this show and a Brucebase reader who attended explains why: "My wife and I were in front of the stage during "Quarter To Three" when the first two rows of seats next to us just disappeared, the left side of the stage and first couple of rows fell about six feet. A couple of monitors fell in where the people were seated but it didn't appear that anyone got hurt. The encore was abruptly ended however". The Cookies' "On Broadway", which Springsteen intended to play after "Quarter To Three" - hardly surprising given Avery Fisher Hall's close proximity to Broadway. Unfortunately the front section of the stage collapsed before he got a chance. We have no record of Springsteen ever playing "On Broadway".
 
  

1974-11-16 - LEONARD GYM, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, DC
1974-11-17 - MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
1974-11-29 - WAR MEMORIAL THEATRE, TRENTON, NJ
1974-12-06 - STATE THEATRE, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
1974-12-07 - GENEVA THEATRE, GENEVA, NY
1974-12-08 - BURLINGTON MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BURLINGTON, VT
1975-02-19 - UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA
1975-03-08 - DAR CONSTITUTION HALL, WASHINGTON, DC
 
  • Born To Run Tour (52 times)
1975-07-20 - PALACE CONCERT THEATRE, PROVIDENCE, RI
Opening night of the Born To Run Tour and the live debut of Miami Steve Van Zandt as a member of The E Street Band (Bruce can be heard introducing Van Zandt to the audience during the show).
1975-07-22 - GENEVA THEATRE, GENEVA, NY
1975-07-23 - MUSIC INN, LENOX, MA
1975-07-26 - KEYSTONE HALL, KUTZTOWN STATE COLLEGE, KUTZTOWN, PA
1975-07-30 - CARTER BARRON AMPHITHEATRE, WASHINGTON, DC
1975-08-01 - MOSQUE THEATRE, RICHMOND, VA
1975-08-08 - AKRON CIVIC THEATRE, AKRON, OH
1975-08-13 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY (late)
1975-08-14 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY (early)
1975-08-15 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY (early)
1975-08-15 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY (late)
1975-08-16 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY (early)
1975-08-17 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY (early)
1975-08-17 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY (late)
1975-09-06 - THEATRE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS, NEW ORLEANS, LA
1975-09-12 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, AUSTIN, TX
1975-09-13 - MUSIC HALL, HOUSTON, TX
1975-09-14 - MUSIC HALL, HOUSTON, TX
1975-09-16 - DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER THEATER, DALLAS, TX
1975-09-20 - DARBY GYMNASIUM, GRINNELL COLLEGE, GRINNELL, IA
1975-09-21 - GUTHRIE THEATER, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
1975-09-23 - HILL AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MI
1975-09-25 - AUDITORIUM THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL
1975-09-26 - HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, IOWA CITY, IA
1975-09-28 - MEMORIAL HALL, KANSAS CITY, KS
1975-10-02 - UPTOWN THEATRE, MILWAUKEE, WI
1975-10-04 - MICHIGAN PALACE, DETROIT, MI
1975-10-11 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ (late)
1975-10-18 - THE ROXY THEATRE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (late)
1975-10-19 - THE ROXY THEATRE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
1975-10-26 - PARAMOUNT NORTHWEST THEATRE, SEATTLE, WA
1975-11-10 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, TAMPA, FL
1975-11-11 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, MIAMI, FL
1975-11-18 - HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON, ENGLAND
1975-11-21 - KONSERTHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
1975-11-23 - RAI AMSTERDAM, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
1975-11-24 - HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON, ENGLAND
1975-12-02 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1975-12-03 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1975-12-05 - McDONOUGH ARENA, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, DC
1975-12-10 - DAVIS GYM, BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY, LEWISBURG, PA
1975-12-11 - WALSH AUDITORIUM, SETON HALL UNIVERSITY, SOUTH ORANGE, NJ
1975-12-12 - POST DOME, C.W. POST COLLEGE, GREENVALE, NY
1975-12-16 - LAKER HALL GYM, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, OSWEGO, NY
1975-12-17 - KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL, BUFFALO, NY
1975-12-19 - THÉÂTRE MAISONNEUVE, MONTREAL, QC
1975-12-20 - NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE, OTTAWA, ON
1975-12-21 - SENECA FIELD HOUSE, SENECA COLLEGE, TORONTO, ON
1975-12-27 - TOWER THEATER, UPPER DARBY, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1975-12-28 - TOWER THEATER, UPPER DARBY, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1975-12-30 - TOWER THEATER, UPPER DARBY, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1975-12-31 - TOWER THEATER, UPPER DARBY, PHILADELPHIA, PA
 
1976-03-26 - FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA, GA 
1976-03-28 - CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM, DUKE UNIVERSITY, DURHAM, NC
1976-04-04 - MSU AUDITORIUM, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST LANSING, MI
1976-04-05 - OHIO THEATRE, COLUMBUS, OH
1976-04-07 - ALLEN THEATRE, CLEVELAND, OH
1976-04-09 - REID ATHLETIC CENTER, COLGATE UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, NY
1976-04-13 - REC HALL, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA
1976-04-15 - SYRIA MOSQUE, PITTSBURGH, PA
1976-04-17 - LOUIS A. ALEXANDER PALESTRA, UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, ROCHESTERNY
1976-04-24 - VARSITY GYM, APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY, BOONE, NC
1976-05-10 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM THEATER, MOBILE, AL
 
1976-10-28 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1977-02-10 - MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, UTICA, NY
1977-02-17 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1977-02-19 - ST PAUL CIVIC CENTER THEATRE, ST PAUL, MN
1977-02-22 - MILWAUKEE AUDITORIUM, MILWAUKEE, WI
1977-02-23 - AUDITORIUM THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL
1977-02-25 - EDWARD C. ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC, PURDUE UNIVERSITY, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN
1977-02-26 - INDIANA CONVENTION CENTER, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
1977-02-27 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH
1977-02-28 - FOX THEATRE, ST LOUIS, MO
1977-03-02 - CIVIC CENTER AUDITORIUM, ATLANTA, GA
1977-03-04 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM, JACKSONVILLE, FL
1977-03-05 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, ORLANDO, FL
1977-03-06 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, MIAMI, FL
1977-03-10 - SPORTS ARENA, TOLEDO, OH
1977-03-11 - GYMNASIUM, SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE, LATROBE, PA
1977-03-13 - TOWSON CENTER, TOWSON STATE UNIVERSITY, TOWSON, MD
1977-03-14 - MID-HUDSON CIVIC CENTER, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
1977-03-15 - BROOME COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA, BINGHAMTON, NY
1977-03-18 - NEW HAVEN VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, NEW HAVEN, CT
1977-03-19 - CENTRAL MAINE YOUTH CENTER, LEWISTON, ME
1977-03-22 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-03-23 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-03-24 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1977-03-25 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
 
  • Darkness on The Edge of Town Tour (87 times)
1978-05-31 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
1978-06-03 - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY
1978-06-05 - SPORTS ARENA, TOLEDO, OH
1978-06-06 - INDIANA CONVENTION CENTER, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
1978-06-08 - DANE COUNTY MEMORIAL COLISEUM, MADISON, WI
1978-06-09 - MECCA ARENA, MILWAUKEE, WI
1978-06-10 - METROPOLITAN SPORTS CENTER, BLOOMINGTON, MN
1978-06-13 - HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, IOWA CITY, IA
1978-06-14 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM MUSIC HALL, OMAHA, NE
1978-06-16 - MEMORIAL HALL, KANSAS CITY, KS
1978-06-17 - KIEL AUDITORIUM, ST LOUIS, MO
1978-06-20 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO
1978-06-24 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, PORTLAND, OR
1978-06-25 - PARAMOUNT NORTHWEST THEATRE, SEATTLE, WA
1978-06-26 - QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE, VANCOUVER, BC
1978-06-30 - BERKELEY COMMUNITY THEATRE, BERKELEY, CA
1978-07-01 - BERKELEY COMMUNITY THEATRE, BERKELEY, CA
1978-07-05 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, CA
1978-07-08 - ARIZONA VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, PHOENIX, AZ
1978-07-09 - SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA, SAN DIEGO, CA
1978-07-14 - SAN ANTONIO MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, SAN ANTONIO, TX
1978-07-15 - SAM HOUSTON COLISEUM, HOUSTON, TX
1978-07-16 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NEW ORLEANS, LA
1978-07-18 - JACKSON MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, JACKSON, MS
1978-07-28 - JAI ALAI FRONTON, MIAMI, FL
1978-07-29 - BAYFRONT CENTER ARENA, ST PETERSBURG, FL
1978-07-31 - TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM, COLUMBIA, SC
1978-08-01 - GAILLARD MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, CHARLESTON, SC
1978-08-04 - CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER, CHARLESTON, WV
1978-08-10 - ROCHESTER COMMUNITY WAR MEMORIAL, ROCHESTER, NY
1978-08-12 - AUGUSTA CIVIC CENTER, AUGUSTA, ME
1978-08-14 - HAMPTON ROADS COLISEUM, HAMPTON, VA
1978-08-15 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1978-08-18 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1978-08-19 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1978-08-21 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-08-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-08-23 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-08-25 - NEW HAVEN VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, NEW HAVEN, CT
1978-08-26 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER, PROVIDENCE, RI
1978-08-28 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA
1978-08-29 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA
1978-08-30 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1978-09-01 - MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, DETROIT, MI
1978-09-03 - SAGINAW CIVIC CENTER, SAGINAW, MI
1978-09-05 - VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, COLUMBUS, OH
1978-09-06 - UPTOWN THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL
1978-09-09 - ATHLETIC & CONVOCATION CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, SOUTH BEND, IN
1978-09-10 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH
1978-09-12 - ONONDAGA COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, SYRACUSE, NY
1978-09-13 - SPRINGFIELD CIVIC CENTER, SPRINGFIELD, MA
1978-09-15 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-09-17 - PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-09-21 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ
1978-09-25 - BOSTON GARDEN, BOSTON, MA
1978-10-01 - FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA, GA
1978-11-01 - JADWIN GYM, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, PRINCETON, NJ
1978-11-02 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1978-11-04 - PATRICK GYM, UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, BURLINGTON, VT
1978-11-07 - BARTON HALL, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA, NY
1978-11-08 - MONTREAL FORUM, MONTREAL, QC
1978-11-10 - REILLY CENTER, ST BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY, ST BONAVENTURE, NY
1978-11-12 - RPI FIELD HOUSE, RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, TROY, NY
1978-11-14 - UTICA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, UTICA, NY
1978-11-16 - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO, ON
1978-11-17 - MUNN ICE ARENA, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST LANSING, MI
1978-11-18 - MILLETT HALL, MIAMI UNIVERSITY, OXFORD, OH
1978-11-20 - ASSEMBLY HALL, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN, IL
1978-11-21 - McGAW HALL, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, EVANSTON, IL
1978-11-25 - KIEL OPERA HOUSE, ST LOUIS, MO
1978-11-29 - ST PAUL CIVIC CENTER ARENA, ST PAUL, MN
1978-12-01 - LLOYD NOBLE CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA, NORMAN, OK
1978-12-03 - SIU ARENA, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, CARBONDALE, IL
1978-12-05 - LSU ASSEMBLY CENTER, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, BATON ROUGE, LA
1978-12-07 - SPECIAL EVENTS CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX
1978-12-08 - THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX
1978-12-09 - DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER ARENA, DALLAS, TX
1978-12-13 - TUCSON COMMUNITY CENTER ARENA, TUCSON, AZ
1978-12-15 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1978-12-16 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1978-12-19 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, PORTLAND, OR
1978-12-20 - SEATTLE CENTER ARENA, SEATTLE, WA
1978-12-27 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA
1978-12-28 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA
1978-12-30 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT, MI
1978-12-31 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1979-01-01 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
 
  • The River (5 times)
1980-10-09 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT, MI
1981-08-28 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-09-02 - SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA, SAN DIEGO, CA
1981-09-11 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL
1981-09-14 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH
 
  • Tunnel of Love Tour
1988-07-03 - STOCKHOLMS STADION, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
 
  • The Rising Tour 
2003-10-04 - SHEA STADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, NY
 
  • The Magic Tour
 
  • Working on a dream Tour
 
  • Wrecking Ball Tour
2012-08-15 - FENWAY PARK, BOSTON, MA
2012-08-29 - VERNON DOWNS RACEWAY, VERNON, NY
 
  • High Hopes Tour
 
  • Off tour (8 times)
1976-08-07 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ
1976-10-22 - THE HANGER, HAZLET, NJ (Gary U.S. Bonds)
1977-12-31 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ (Southside Johnny)
1979-01-11 - LOCK STOCK AND BARREL, FAIR HAVEN, NJ (Clarence Clemons birthday party)
1979-09-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (M.U.S.E. Benefit)
1981-06-15 - OLD WALDORF, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Gary U.S. Bonds)
2002-11-02 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
2003-04-29 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Hope Concert)
 

Songinfo

"Quarter to Three" is a song, adapted and expanded from "A Night with Daddy 'G' – Part 1" (Legrand LEG 1004), an instrumental by the Church Street Five, which was written by Gene Barge, Frank Guida and Joseph Royster, and sung by Gary U.S. Bonds. The song became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States on June 26, 1961, and remained there for two weeks. The single, which is augmented by cheers and claps and exciting spoken dialogue like "One more time", was recorded with very rough sound quality (compared to other records at the time). Producer Frank Guida has been quoted on subsequent CD reissues that his production sound was exactly what he wanted it to sound like. Noted British producer and columnist Jack Good felt compelled to devote his entire Disc magazine column to praising the "fuzzy, muzzy, and distorted" sound of the U.S. Bonds hit release. The article was subtitled "This record could never have been made in Britain". There have been books written, such as those of the series Rock On: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock N' Roll by Norm N. Nite, that have stated that this record was recorded "accidentally" (that no one knew the tape recorder was on at a session). Dion DiMucci stated that "Quarter to Three" was the inspiration for his hit "Runaround Sue"
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist

ruce on Gary U.S. Bonds :
 

Gary U.S.Bonds was one of Bruce’s 25 all time hero’s : RollingStone
 
"No musician on earth was less cool in 1981 than Gary U.S. Bonds. It had been 20 years since the dance classic "Quarter to Three" fell off the charts and the singer had been largely forgotten. But Bruce Springsteen knew the guy had more life in him, and together with Steve Van Zandt he wrote and produced the LP Dedication for Bonds. It was an amazing labor of love that introduced Bonds to a whole new generation of rock fans. They remain close and in 2012 Bonds sat in with the E Street Band at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. "

Bruce helped Gary U.S.Bonds improving his carrier with producing the album "Dedication" and "On the line".
 
  • Dedication
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. The album was re-released in 1994 on the Razor Edge label of Razor & Tie music, and then again in 2009 on BGO Records, paired with On the Line.
In a 2016 career retrospective interview with Pods & Sods, Gary revealed that a few additional songs and outtakes recorded during this time may eventually be released.


  • On the line
On the Line is an album released by Gary U.S. Bonds in 1982, the second of two on which he collaborated with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the first being Dedication, released the previous year, 1981. The musicians accompanying Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band. The album includes seven songs written by Springsteen, one written by Steven Van Zandt, and two written by Bonds himself . Three other songs were recorded for the album but not present on the final release including Springsteen's "Action In the Street", "Lion's Den", and "Savin' Up". Springsteen's version of "Lion's Den" was eventually released in 1998 on his boxset Tracks and "Savin' Up" appeared on Clarence Clemons' first solo album Rescue (1983); " Springsteen's version of "Rendezvous" was finally released in 1998 on the four-disc box set.
 
Interview with Gary U.S.Bonds about his autobiography : "That's My Story" by Gary U.S. Bonds and Stephen Cooper.
 

Lyrics

A one, a two, a one, two, three, hop
Come on! Get on!
Don't you know that I danced
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.?
He was swingin' on the sax with the girls of blue
And I was dancin' all over the room
People were dancin' like they were mad
Swingin' best band they ever had
Swingin' best song that could ever be
A night with Daddy G.
Let me tell you, now
I never had it so good
Yeah, and I know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
And take a band like the Church Street Five

Don't you know that I danced
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.
Everybody was as happy as they could be
Swingin' with Daddy G.
Blow, daddy! Yeah!...
Let me tell you, now
I never had it so good
I know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
And take a band like the Church Street Five
Oh, don't you know that I danced
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.
Oh, everybody was as happy as they could be
Swingin' with Daddy G.
Blow, daddy!...