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Gene Chandler

Gene Chandler (born Eugene Dixon, July 6, 1937) nicknamed "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is an African-American singer, songwriter, music producer and executive.

Chandler is known best for his most successful songs "Duke Of Earl" and "Groovy Situation" and his association with the Dukays, the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield.

Gene is a Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee and a winner of both the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers' (NATRA) "Producer of the Year" Award and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award. Chandler is also one of a just a few singers to vend successful record albums during the doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul, and disco musical eras, with some 40 Pop and R&B chart successes between 1961 and 1986. On August 24, 2014, Chandler was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame.

Chandler attended Englewood High School on Chicago's south side. He began performing during the early 1950s with the musical band The Gaytones. During 1957, he joined The Dukays, with James Lowe, Shirley Jones, Earl Edwards and Ben Broyles, soon becoming their main singer. After his draft into the US Army he returned to Chicago during 1960 and rejoined the Dukays.

Gene was famous for being the lead singer of the doo-wop group, "The Dukays".
In the early 2000's, Gene joined some of his fellow soul music artists, such as Ben E. King, Lloyd Price, and Jerry Butler, on the "4 Kings of Rhythm & Blues" tour.
Gene often wore formal clothes in a royalty manner and because of that he called himself, "The Duke".



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