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CHANDLER, the Legendary "Duke of Earl" , has a street named after him
in his Hometown , Chicago , honored by Marshall Thompson of The
Chi-Lites and other celebrities !!! With some 40 Pop and R&B Chart
Hits,Singer, Songwriter, Producer , Music Publisher, and Record Company
Executive... and singer and writer of one of the most ICONIC songs of
ALL-TIME, not to mention his incredible worldwide influence, WHY ISN'T
GENE CHANDLER in The ROCK & ROLL OF FAME ??
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Bill G wrote:They told me to stick with them.Good. That means that Gene has a CHANCE.But, there's just one PROBLEM.While I may have have a little more time to "stick", GENE himself DOESN'T.He is 79 years old.He has qualified since 1986. The VERY FIRST YEAR of inductions.
GENE HIMSELF can't wait a whole lot longer.I'd hate to see him become a POSTHUMOUS inductee.Like two of The BELMONTS.Like JR WALKER & THE ALL STARS.Like MARY WELLS.Like all but ONE of The SPINNERS. Like TWO of the original MARVELETTES.
Like ONE of THE COMMODORES,TWO of The WHISPERS ,almost ALL of The DRAMATICS,and The CHI-LITES (Marshall is the ONLY ONE left), one of THE POINTER SISTERS, like NICK ASHFORD,NORMAN WHITFIELD, JOHNNY MAESTRO, BROOK BENTON, and numerous other acts that have left us....without even being NOMINATED. While more and more RAP and HIP-HOP Artists get INDUCTED each YEAR......and Classic R&B Artists are being IGNORED.******WHY?*****At WHAT POINT did R&B suddenly become IRRELEVANT ??
It's not that R+B became "IRRELEVANT" ,it's that rock and roll is the most diverse kind of music there is, that's why the R+RHoF gets way more ink (and strong feelings )every single year than all the other music HoFs combined, Gene Chandler means a lot to you (and I respect that),the (never nominated) Johnny Burnette Trio and (never nominated)John Coltrane mean a lot to me, every music means something to somebody.When all the original people at this forum met 17 or so odd years ago, Miles Davis was my #1 choice not yet inducted, for Cliff it was The Ventures ,for Mycroft it was The Moody Blues and Rush, for Scott it was Yes, for Rick it was ELO and Genesis, for Charles it was prog music in general ,17 years (more or less) later all but the Moody Blues are in ,and they'll probably be in soon.You may hate to hear this,but one thing going against Gene Chandler is he was never a watershed artist like James Brown or Aretha Franklin are, and (regardless if you like it or not) ,rap is indeed part of R+B, also you (just like Billboard in the 60s)pretty much ignore R+B from the South (such as Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson) and favor of R+B from the North(such as Gene Chandler) and I'm saying this as one who is also a Buckeye ,but a Buckeye from the Southern part of the state ,and being that gave me exposure to R+B (and other music for that matter) from both the North and the South, that in turn gave me the "big tent" ideal that myself and Charles pretty much espouse.''Duke Of Earl"(one of the first songs I ever remember hearing) and "Groovy Situation" (a hit when I was in my early teens) mean a lot to me,I'd like to see him in the HoF, on the other hand there are a couple of hundred artists whose music means even more to me I'd like to see in before Gene Chandler , a lot of them are artists who preceded him by many, many years.The problem with the HoF is it's limits, it does need to be expanded , but on the other hand ,we don't just want to admit anyone in the HoF because they simply made a record that someone liked , that way we'd get Pat Boone in it,on the other hand KISS are in it ,so IMO you might as well put Pat Boone or anybody else in it. But,I will be intellectually honest enough admit that my feelings about KISS are generationally based too, and that people way younger than me see it differently.
Rick is unhappy some ELO members won't be inducted,I was unhappy because Skip Spence and Signe Toly Anderson weren't inducted with Jefferson Airplane, no two persons (even inside the HoF itself) are ever going to be 100% happy with the HoF.
Back when this original forum happened, one person(whose name I won't give) always griped that classic R+B was being elected every year and prog was not, and technically he was right, lots of classic R+B is in ,and it isn't racism why more isn't elected today ,or rap wouldn't be in.
The problem is the way the HoF is being done is too limited, a Veterans Committee would be part of reducing that limitation ,also Gene Chandler could be inducted in Musical Excellence for his work as a songwriter and producer, they backdoored Leon Russell and Ringo Starr that way.
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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.
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 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. 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 band The Gaytones. In 1957, he joined The Dukays, with James Lowe, Shirley Jones, Earl Edwards and Ben Broyles, soon becoming their lead singer. After his draft into the US Army he returned to Chicago in 1960 and rejoined the Dukays.
Dukays were offered a recording contract by Nat Records and recorded a
single with producers Carl Davis and Bill "Bunky" Sheppard, "The Girl Is
a Devil" (1961). This was followed with a session in August 1961 that
resulted in four sides, most notably "Nite Owl" and "Duke of Earl." Nat
Records chose to release "Nite Owl" and it became a sizeable
Rhythm&Blues success at the end of 1961. Meanwhile, Davis and
Sheppard shopped the "Duke of Earl" recording to Vee-Jay Records company, which released it in 1962 by Dixon as a solo artist with the name "Gene Chandler".
"Duke of Earl" sold a million copies in a little more than a month, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. After spending three weeks at number one on the Billboard charts, Chandler purchased a cape, monocle,
cane, and top hat and advertised himself as "The Duke of Earl".
Chandler can be seen in the full 'Duke' outfit singing "The Duke of
Earl" in the 1962 movie Don't Knock the Twist, featuring Chubby Checker. His concerts became popular and he performed encores, usually "Rainbow '65", one of his collaborations with Curtis Mayfield. This song was recorded by Chandler three times during his career, becoming a hit each time.
Chandler left Vee Jay in the autumn of 1963 and recorded for another Chicago company, Constellation Records. After Constellation went bankrupt in 1966, he was contracted first to Chess Records and then Brunswick Records.
For a time, Chess and Brunswick alternated in releasing Chandler's
recordings. He had Top 20 popular music hits with Constellation with the
songs "Just Be True" (1964) and "Nothing Can Stop Me" (1965), both
songs written by Curtis Mayfield and produced by Carl Davis.
Other successes included "What Now", "Rainbow", "I Fooled You This
Time", "Think Nothing About It"', "A Man's Temptation", "To Be a Lover",
"Rainbow '65" (recorded live at Chicago's Regal Theater), "Bless Our
Love", and "You Can't Hurt Me No More." Chandler also had success with his cover version of James Brown's "There Was A Time" and "You Threw A Lucky Punch", which was released as an "answer" song to Mary Wells's Motown hit "You Beat Me To The Punch".
After a number of years performing concerts, Chandler decided to
become more involved with the production of music, forming his own
production company and record brands, Bamboo and Mister Chand. He
produced a hit with "Groovy Situation", issued by Mercury Records
(1970), which scored #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the Billboard R&B
chart, becoming his second greatest success after "Duke Of Earl".
"Groovy Situation" sold more than a million copies and received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A. in November 1970.
Earlier, he produced "Backfield In Motion" for Mel And Tim on Bamboo,
which scored #3 on the R&B chart and reached the top 10 of the
Billboard Hot 100, and followed up with "Good Guys Only Win In The
Movies" for the duo (#17 R&B, #45 popular music). These successes
earned him The National Association of Television and Radio Announcers'
Producer of the Year Award in 1970, against competition from other
nominees including Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff and Norman Whitfield.
Later that year, Chandler recorded the album Gene and Jerry: One on One, with another major Chicago artist, Jerry Butler by Mercury. He also sang with The Impressions and Curtis Mayfield on the live album Curtis in Chicago (1973). Chandler sang on Arthur Louis's album, Knocking on Heaven's Door (1974) alongside Eric Clapton. A spell with Curtis Mayfield's brand, Curtom, resulted in four self-produced singles during the mid-1970s, but none charted.
In the late 1970s, he found new success with disco-style music,
creating hits with his former producer, Carl Davis, including "Get Down"
(1978) and later "When You're #1" and "Does She Have A Friend?". During this time, he was named Executive Vice President of Chi Sound Records, managed by Davis, and worked with reggae singer Johnny Nash. In the late 1970s, an interest in older musicians inspired the US radio announcer Wolfman Jack to organize a tour including vintage acts such as Chandler.
"Duke of Earl" was sampled by Cypress Hill, on the song "Hand on the Pump" from their album Cypress Hill (1991); plus Chandler's song "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" was sampled on their album Black Sunday (1993). In 1997, Chandler was inducted as a Pioneer Award honoree into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
He also had a big Northern Soul hit in the UK with "There Was a Time".
In 1988, "Duke of Earl" was included on the soundtrack of Hairspray. "Groovy Situation" appeared on Anchorman: Music from the Motion Picture (2004). In 2002, "Duke Of Earl" was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. Groovemaster K. and 88-Keys sampled Chandler's "When You're #1" for their song "Frisco Disco". His #1 hit "Duke Of Earl" has also been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll .
Chandler still performs in Chicago, Las Vegas and elsewhere in the US. He also performs occasionally in Europe.
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