Price: £14.99
Format: vinyl
Artist: Gene Chandler
CatNo: CHARLY119L
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The Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler Vinyl

Gene Chandler is best-remembered for his 1962 novelty Doo Wop No.1 'Duke Of Earl', 1970's 'Groovy Situation', and his later Disco hit 'Get Down' (US R&B No.3 / UK No.11) in 1978. The singer born Eugene Dixon cut his teeth performing as a teen on Chicago's south side in the early 50s with The Gaytones vocal group before joining the R&B quintet The Dukays in 1957.  With Dixon singing lead, the group recorded four sides for Nat Records in 1961 of which 'Duke Of Earl' was one but the label declined to release it, opting instead for 'Nite Owl' which became a sizeable R&B hit later that year. Producers Carl Davis and Bill 'Bunky' Sheppard then shopped 'Duke' around eventually licensing the track to Vee-Jay who decided to release it by Dixon as a solo singer.

 

 

Side 1
1. Duke Of Earl
2. Stand By Me
3. Festival Of Love
4. Daddy's Home
5. I Wake Up Crying
6. Turn On Your Love Light
 
Side 2
1. Nite Owl
2. I'll Follow You
3. Big Lie
4. Kissin' In The Kitchen
5. So Many Ways
6. Lonely Island