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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Grady Lark



As Grady's reputation as a keyboardist grew, he joined the Sonny Boy Williamson Show and moved to Amarillo, Texas. There he met Jackie Wilson's band leader, J. C. Davis, and signed on with Little Sonny Green and the Ike and Tina Turner Revue to tour USO clubs and army bases in Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. He eventually made his way to Houston and joined the cadre of musicians promoted by Don Robey and Rudolph Wiley of Duke-Peacock Records. During this time, he performed with such notables as Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Joe Hinton, Little Jackie Payne, and Sam Cooke. Grady finally signed with Al “TNT” Braggs, who was based in Dallas, and toured extensively with his band. Traveling throughout the South, Grady played the same venues as Percy Sledge and Joe Simon and met other notables like Al Green and members of the Willie Mitchell Band.  Reverbnation.com

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