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Gene Chandler


Gene Chandler is remembered from the rock and roll & roll target audience nearly solely for the vintage novelty and doo wop-tinged spirit ballad “Duke of Earl”; the memorable opening chant from the title at the forefront, the track was lots one strike in 1962. He’s esteemed by spirit fans among the leading exponents from the ’60s Chicago spirit scene, alongside Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler. Given birth to Eugene Dixon, he was an associate from the doo wop group the Dukays and “Duke of Earl” was in fact a Dukays documenting; Dixon was renamed Gene Chandler as well as the solitary bore his credit like a single singer. Chandler by no means approached the substantial pop achievement of this chart-topper (although he sometimes entered the very best 20), but he was a large star using the R&B target audience with straightforward mid-tempo and ballad spirit numbers within the mid-’60s, a lot of that have been compiled by Curtis Mayfield and made by Carl Davis. Chandler’s achievement became even more fitful after Mayfield halted penning materials for him, although he loved some past due-’60s strikes and experienced a monster pop and spirit smash in 1970 with “Groovy Scenario.” His last successes had been the much less recognized disco- and dance-influenced R&B strikes “Obtain Down” (1978) and “Will She Have a pal?” (1980).

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Full Name Gene Chandler
Date Of Birth July 6, 1937
Profession Music Producer, Singer-songwriter
Education Englewood Technical Prep Academy
Nationality American
Children Defrantz Forrest
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Duke Of Earl, Groovy Situation, Rainbow '80, Just Be True, Nothing Can Stop Me, I Fooled You This Time, You Threw a Lucky Punch, You Can't Hurt Me No More, When You're # 1, Does She Have a Friend for Me, Baby That's Love, Think Nothing About It, What Now, Man's Temptation, Walk on With the Duke, Rainbow, There Was a Time, The Girl Don't Care, There Goes the Lover, Song Called Soul, Everybody Let's Dance, Tear for Tear, Tomorrow I May Not Feel the Same, Buddy Ain't it a Shame, I'll Make the Living If You Make the Loving Worthwhile, From The Teacher To The Preacher, Bless Our Love, To Be a Lover, No One Can Love You, Simply Call It Love, It's No Good for Me, Please Sunrise
Albums The Girl Don't Care, Soul Master, Get Down, The Gene Chandler Situation, Duke of Earl, Daddy's Home, Live Your Life, Up And Down, The Duke of Earl, Duke of Earl - The Gene Chandler Story 1961 - 62, Duke of Soul (The Brunswick Years), 80 + Here's To Love, The Best Of The Chi-Sound Years 1978 - 83, The Brunswick Years 1966-1969, The Very Best of Gene Chandler, The Two Sides of Gene Chandler, Be With Me, All Over The World, Confectioner's, Open Stage, Keep on Smilin', Explore, Gaudy Colours, In The Wild West, Days To Come, Black Or White, Love Caught, Acquaintance, Sound and Vision, Blue Haze, R&B Favourites - Duke of Earl, In That Golden Summer Time, Meet And Greet On Broadway, There Was a Time!, A Bouquet Of Hits, Walk On With the Duke of Earl, Noble Blue, Christmas Bells Are Ringing, Express Yourself, Greatest - Gene Chandler, Greatest Hits, Leopard Lady, Long Play, Enjoy Your Time, Duke Of Earl (The Very Best Of The Vee-jay Years), At An Earlier Time, Classic and Collectable: Gene Chandler - Duke of Earl, Rainbow '80: A Golden Classics Edition, Expensive Bling, Splash Of Color, Soul Twist and Oldie`s Goldies
Movies Don't Knock the Twist

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1 Most of his hits were produced by Carl Davis.
2 Had his own record label, Mr. Chand in the early seventies.
3 Recorded for the Vee-Jay, Constellation, Mercury, Chi-Sound, Salsoul and FastFire labels.
4 Many of his hits in the mid-sixties were written by Curtis Mayfield.
5 His first solo recording, "Duke Of Earl" went to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and sold over 2 million copies.
6 Singer-songwriter-producer.



The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 writer: "Da Rockwilder" - as Eugene Dixon
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Warriors 2005 Video Game performer: "Get Down"
Cold Case 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 performer: "Groovy Situation"
Stander 2003 performer: "Get Down" / writer: "Get Down"
All About the Benjamins 2002 writer: "Da Rockwilder" - as Eugene Dixon
Save the Last Dance 2001 as Eugene Dixon, "Da Rockwilder"
Northern Exposure 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wilder Napalm 1993 writer: "Duke of Earl" - as Eugene Dixon
King Ralph 1991 writer: "Duke of Earl" - as Eugene Dixon
Cheers 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hairspray 1988 performer: "Duke of Earl" / writer: "Duke of Earl" - as Eugene Dixon
Crime Story TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
WKRP in Cincinnati TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1981 writer - 1 episode, 1981
Top of the Pops TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1979 performer - 2 episodes, 1979
Hot Child in the City 1979 performer: "Get Down" - uncredited
Summertime Blue 1979 performer: "Get Down" - uncredited
Breakdown 1974 performer: "Duke of Earl" - uncredited / writer: "Duke of Earl" - uncredited
Dusty and Sweets McGee 1971 performer: "Duke of Earl" / writer: "Duke of Earl" - as Eugene Dixon
Shindig! 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
Don't Knock the Twist 1962 performer: "Duke Of Earl" / writer: "Duke Of Earl"



Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Doo Wop 50 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Record Row: Cradle of Rhythm and Blues 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Soul Train 1971-1982 TV Series documentary Himself / Guest
New American Bandstand 1965 1965-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself - Performer / Himself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970 TV Series Himself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Where the Action Is 1965 TV Series Himself
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
Don't Knock the Twist 1962 Himself - The Duke of Earl

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Top of the Pops 1979 TV Series Himself

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1 Famous for the hit song, "Duke of Earl", which he usually sang in his trademark costume cape, monocle and top hat.

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