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Gene Chandler

The Duke of Earl

The Duke of Earl (1961)

Gene Chandler (born Eugene Drake Dixon, July 6, 1937) nicknamed "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is an American singer, songwriter, talent scout, music producer and record label 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.

He 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 achieve chart successes spanning the doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul, and disco musical eras, with some 40 Pop and R&B chart hits between 1961 and 1986. Gene Chandler was inducted as a performer into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame On August 24, 2014. In 2016,Chandler became a Double Inductee into the R&B Hall of Fame, having received a Special Induction as an R&B Music Pioneer.