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(2016/Jasmine) 27 Tracks - The Gene Chandler Story, 1961-62! more

Gene Chandler: Duke Of Earl (CD)

(2016/Jasmine) 27 Tracks - The Gene Chandler Story, 1961-62!

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  • Interpret: Gene Chandler

  • Album titlle: Duke Of Earl (CD)

  • Label JASMINE

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2016
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988092523

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Chandler, Gene - Duke Of Earl (CD) CD 1
01 The Girl's A Devil The Dukays
02 The Big Lie The Dukays
03 Nite Owl The Dukays
04 Festival Of Love The Dukays
05 Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
06 Kissin' In The Kitchen Gene Chandler
07 Stand By Me Gene Chandler
08 Daddy's Home Gene Chandler
09 I Wake Up Crying Gene Chandler
10 Turn On Your Lovelight Gene Chandler
11 I'll Follow You Gene Chandler
12 So Many Ways Gene Chandler
13 Lonely Island Gene Chandler
14 Walk On With The Duke The Duke Of Earl
15 London Town The Duke Of Earl
16 Forgive Me The Duke Of Earl
17 You Left Me The Duke Of Earl
18 Tear For Tear Gene Chandler
19 Miracle After Miracle Gene Chandler
20 You Threw A Lucky Punch Gene Chandler
21 Rainbow Gene Chandler
22 Duchess Of Earl The Pearlettes
23 Please Help The Dukays
24 I'm Gonna Love You So The Dukays
25 I Never Knew The Dukays
26 I Feel Good All Over The Dukays
27 Tango Bop The Dukays
Gene Chandler (with The Dukays) Duke Of Earl Had an East Coast record distributor not... more
"Gene Chandler"

Gene Chandler (with The Dukays)

Duke Of Earl

Had an East Coast record distributor not chosen a different song as a better bet for hitdom, The Dukays would have had a #1 pop/R&B smash. Instead, credit went solely to lead singer Gene Chandler - who didn't even exist until it was pressed up!

Chandler's actual name was Eugene Dixon. Born July 7, 1937 and raised on Chicago's South Side, he formed The Gaytones at Englewood High but left to join The Dukays, assembled in 1957 by second tenor Ben Broyles, baritone Earl Edwards, and bass Motee Thurston. They were named by a local barber (the group rehearsed at his shop). The Dukays stayed together while Dixon served overseas in the Army. When he returned in 1960, he brought in his cousin, Shirley Johnson, who sang first tenor. James Lowe came in as bass while songwriter Bernice Williams polished the group and penned what would become their debut release, The Girl's A Devil.

Carl Davis and Bill 'Bunky' Sheppard were fledgling producers with offices on the West Side. Williams brought them a tape of The Dukays in December of 1960. "I got with Bunky, and we listened to it," said the late Davis. At their first session at Chicago's Universal Recording, The Dukays waxed The Girl's A Devil and the Williams-penned ballad flip The Big Lie. The single came out on the Nat label, Dixon fronting both. The Girl's A Devil proved a #64 pop seller in the spring of 1961.

For their encore date at Universal, the group readied the Williams-penned rocker Nite Owl and a lovely ballad, Festival Of Love. Then Davis overheard the group rehearsing outside his office. "They were out there doing this 'Doo-doo-doo.' And I said, 'What is that?' And they said, 'Oh, this is for the next session.' I said, 'Oh, no. Whatever that is it's a smash.' So we're gonna do that on this session," hesaid. "They went home and got together with Bernice, and they started writing the lyrics. They called me at home, and they were saying, 'If a guy is a king and he owns a lot of land, what is it?' I said, 'Well, that's a kingdom.' And they said, 'What if it's a duke?' I said, 'Well, it's a dukedom!' They finished writing the song and got it ready."

Next assignment: choosing which songs would constitute their Nat encore. New York distributor Bill Lasley decided that. "He listened to all four songs, and he sent two of them back," said Davis. "He said, 'I want 'Nite Owl,' and whatever was on the flip side.' And he sent back 'Duke Of Earl.'"  Bunky peddled the remaining pair (Kissin' In The Kitchen was the flip) to Calvin Carter, A&R man for Chicago's far larger Vee-Jay label. "Calvin fell in love with 'Duke Of Earl.' And Ewart Abner, who was running the company, was in England. So he called Abner in England and said, 'Man, Carl and Bunky have come up with a smash!'

"When we decided that we were going to split up these four sides, I met with the whole group," said Davis (Nite Owl made it to #73 pop on Nat in early '62). Carl told The Dukays, "We want to put these other two out. Everybody's going to get paid the same, but we just want to name these two different. Y'all got two records out there. We were going to start off with Eugene Dixon. That was his real name. And I said, 'I don't like that at all.' My favorite actor was Jeff Chandler. He used to play Cochise in the movies. So I said, 'Why don't we do that? Why don't we just cut your name from Eugene to Gene, and then use Chandler as your last name?'"  Vee-Jay put it out in October; in early January it was the top pop single in the country.The newly christened Gene Chandler donned a top hat, cape, tux, and monocle to lip-synch Duke Of Earl in the film musical 'Don't Knock The Twist.'

With Davis producing, Chandler became a soul star, posting a steady stream of hits on Vee-Jay, Constellation, Checker, and Brunswick (without Davis, Gene went gold with Groovy Situation for Mercury in 1970). The Dukays picked up Charles Davis as new lead tenor; their Please Help looked promising on Vee-Jay during the spring of '62 but didn't make the charts. Davis later changed his name to Nolan Chance when he went solo.

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Chandler, Gene - Duke Of Earl (CD) CD 1
01 The Girl's A Devil
02 The Big Lie
03 Nite Owl
04 Festival Of Love
05 Duke Of Earl
06 Kissin' In The Kitchen
07 Stand By Me
08 Daddy's Home
09 I Wake Up Crying
10 Turn On Your Lovelight
11 I'll Follow You
12 So Many Ways
13 Lonely Island
14 Walk On With The Duke
15 London Town
16 Forgive Me
17 You Left Me
18 Tear For Tear
19 Miracle After Miracle
20 You Threw A Lucky Punch
21 Rainbow
22 Duchess Of Earl
23 Please Help
24 I'm Gonna Love You So
25 I Never Knew
26 I Feel Good All Over
27 Tango Bop