Gene Barge

Readers of a certain age will know GENE BARGE as the saxophone playing cat name-checked on Gary U.S. Bonds’ 1961 rousing single “Quarter To Three” based on the instrumental “A Night With Daddy G” by Barge’s own band, 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.
Blow Daddy!

Other readers will know him as the tenor blaster on Chuck Willis’s “C.C. Rider”, Jimmy Soul’s “If You Wanna Be Happy” and later as a session-man on many Chess records of the ’60s such as Koko Taylor’s “Wang Dang Doodle” and “We’re Gonna Make It” for Little Milton. Mr. Barge also has toured and played with such notables as Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner, LaVern Baker, Ray Charles, Chuck Willis, the Rolling Stones and Natalie Cole.

Photo taken @ the Chicago Blues Fest, 2016 Gene Barge Tribute.

-© Peter M. Hurley  

Mr. Hurley is a contributing photographer and writer for Living Blues Magazine and the staff photographer for Chicago Blues Network. His recent book Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago, in collaboration with Blues historian and author David Whiteis, showcases his work in the field. His passion for blues music began with the Chess Studios’ sound of Bo Diddley and continues to this day.
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