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"Quarter to Three"
Single by Gary U.S. Bonds
Released June 1961
Genre Doo-Wop
Length 2:31

"Quarter to Three" is a popular song adapted and expanded from "A Night With Daddy 'G' - Part 2" (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 Billboard number-one hit in the United States on June 26, 1961 and remained there for two weeks.

The 45 single of "A Night With Daddy 'G'" identifies the composers by their last names only -- Barge, Guida, Royster -- and identifies the music publisher as Pepe Music (BMI).

The song was sung regularly by Bruce Springsteen as an encore before he was famous[1] and remained in his repertoire afterward, appearing on the Hammersmith Odeon London '75 concert document and, as performed in 1979, the No Nukes film.

"Quarter to Three" appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits - revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. pp. p. 93. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9.  
Preceded by
"Moody River" by Pat Boone
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 26, 1961 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tossin' and Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis


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