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Gene Chandler (b. 1937) is a highly acclaimed and veteran R&B/soul singer, songwriter, producer, and record label executive with a great deal of crossover appeal who became famous beginning in the early 1960s. He is best known for the endearingly goofy doo-wop classic, "Duke Of Earl" (1962), which topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts and soon after went gold. His long string of hits, which continued into the 1980s on both charts, also includes such soulful romantic ballads as "Just Be True" (1964) and "Bless Our Love" (1964) along with more uptempo songs such as "Nothing Can Stop Me" (1965) and "Groovy Situation" (1970).

Born Eugene Drake Dixon in Chicago, Illinois, he began in the early 1950s performing with The Gaytones and joined The Dukays in 1957, soon after becoming their lead singer, before launching a solo career in the early 1960s. His signature song, "Duke Of Earl," was recorded while he was still a member of The Dukays. Over his long career, he also performed and recorded with fellow Chicago soul artists Jerry Butler, The Impressions, and Curtis Mayfield.

Gene Chandler was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2014 and honored with the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award in 2016. "Duke Of Earl" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 and named by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of its 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.


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Gene Chandler And Barbara Acklin

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