Gary U.S. Bonds is an honoree of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, a “favorite son” of the Blues Brothers and his classic recording “Quarter to Three" appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" list. His first hit was “New Orleans” and he teamed with Bruce Springsteen for his comeback hit “This Little Girl.” The Beatles backed Bonds on an early European tour, but were actually fired from the tour.
Melvin Van Peebles is the ultimate Renaissance man: actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, visual artist and composer. Best known as a revolutionary film-maker (and to younger movie-goers as the father of Mario Van Peebles), his music has run the gamete from soul, funk, jazz rap and improvisational. An album released on The Beatles U.S. label, Capitol, was described as “filled with stylistic curveballs, Broadway-like compositions, and his animated verbal delivery.”