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Cornell Dupree


A veteran of over 2,500 saving periods, guitarist Cornell Dupree worked most prolifically in R&B and blues, but he was equally in the home in jazz, particularly funky fusion and soul-jazz. Dupree was created in Fort Value, TX, in 1942, and by age 20 was playing in Ruler Curtis’ R&B group. He became a program musician immediately after, playing on Brook Benton’s “Rainy Evening in Georgia,” in addition to records by superstars like Lou Rawls, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Roberta Flack, Joe Cocker, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, and countless others. Dupree was also an associate of Aretha Franklin’s touring music group from 1967-1976, and throughout that period also became a existence on many jazz-funk recordings, the type that would discover favor with uncommon groove and acidity jazz fans within the a long time. Dupree’s initial jazz session being a head was 1974’s Teasin’, that was followed by Sunday Evening Fever in 1977, and Darkness Dance in 1978. Through the same period, Dupree was an associate from the studio-musician fusion supergroup Stuff, which agreed upon with Warner Bros. in 1975 and documented four albums. In addition they reunited periodically within the ’80s and spawned a middle-’80s spin-off group known as the Gadd Gang, which Dupree also belonged to. A few of Dupree’s most satisfying jazz albums emerged in the past due ’80s and early ’90s; 1988’s Coastline to Coastline was nominated for the Grammy, and cool periods like 1991’s Can’t COMPLETE, 1992’s live Uncle Funky, and 1993’s Child’s Play received reviews that are positive. 1994’s Bop ‘n’ Blues was his most straight-ahead jazz record, also ranking as you of his greatest.

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Full Name Cornell Dupree
Died May 8, 2011, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Profession Guitarist
Nationality American
Spouse Erma Kindles Dupree
Children Celestine Maria Dupree, Cornell III Dupree, James Cornell Dupree
Music Songs Rainy Night in Georgia, Teasin', Okie Dokie Stomp, Plain Ol' Blues, Bop 'n' Blues, Memphis Soul Stew, How Long Will It Last, Blue Nocturne, Feel All Right, Shadow Dancing, What Would I Do Without You?, The Closer I Get To You, Jamaican Lady, Duck Soup, Putt's Pub, For Blues Sake, Unstuffed, Two Doors Down, Shadow Dancing / Last Dance, Slip Slidin' Away, The Ghetto, Shake It Well, Bumpin', Short Stuff, Just What You Need, Help Me Make It Through the Night, Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours, Ode to Billie Joe, Freedom Jazz Dance, I Ain't Got You, Smooth Sailin', It's So Easy
Albums Uncle Funky, Teasin', Mr. 2500: Live at Birdland, More Stuff, Hard Groove, Live at Montreux 1976, Old Dreams New Planets, STUFF., On & On (Instrumental), Bop 'n' Blues, Doin' Alright, Unstuffed, Child's Play, I'm Alright, Can't Get Through, Saturday Night Fever / Shadow Dancing (2 on 1), Shadow Dancing, Groove With Dupree - [The Dave Cash Collection], Guitar Great, The Closer I Get To You, Willie Harper Meets Cornell Dupree, Saturday Night Fever (Digitally Remastered)
Nominations Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance

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1 He is survived by his wife, Erma Kindles; three children, James Cornell, Cornell III, and Celestine Maria; and nine grandchildren.
2 Self-taught guitarist who performed and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Miles Davis, and Lena Horne, among others.
3 King Curtis promised the then-18 year old Dupree a job if Dupree continued practicing the guitar. A year later, Curtis brought Dupree to New York to join Curtis's band, the King Pins.
4 Called "Mr. 2,500" as a reference to the number of recordings in which he participated.

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Dynamite Brothers 1974 musician: guitar - uncredited



The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 TV Movie in memoriam



Still Bill 2009 Documentary Himself
The Gadd Gang: Live 1988 Video Himself (Guitar)

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