Gene Chandler
The Duke Of Earl

The Duke Of Earl

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Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the legendary Chicago label Vee-Jay, this Limited Edition release replicates Gene Chandler's original 1961 album on 180g vinyl and is in stereo for the first time since its inaugural release.  Featuring The Dukays, the album includes the hits 'Duke Of Earl' and 'Nite Owl'.

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.

Thus, Gene Chandler was born and with him an unlikely Rock’n’Roll persona which included the aristocratic trappings of top hat, cape, cane and monocle!  Indeed, the ‘Duke’ made a guest appearance in 1962’s danceploitation movie Don’t Knock The Twist and even spawned a distaff answer disc by Vee-Jay’s Pearlettes (check out CHARLY 665 D Boys Can Be Mean).  Released at the end of 1961 in both stereo and mono formats, The Duke Of Earl peaked at No.69 on the US album chart the following Spring.  Chandler left Vee-Jay in 1963 electing to record mid-tempo Soul for Constellation where he charted nine singles, and later at Chess, Brunswick and Mercury.  A Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, Chandler has also enjoyed a successful career as a record producer and continues to perform.

Chandler’s only Vee-Jay long-player (and one of the very few to chart for the label), the stereo edition of The Duke Of Earl has long been a sought after Rock’n’Roll rarity owing to the small quantity pressed at the time.  Subsequent Vee-Jay reissues may have purported to be in “Stereophonic” sound but were in truth mono pressings packaged as stereo.   Moreover, whilst disparate stereo cuts have emerged on CD since the 1990s, the sound quality has tended to be variable at best.  Released to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of legendary Chicago independent label Vee-Jay, Charly are pleased to present The Duke Of Earl in glorious stereo on vinyl for the first time since its original release.

For more information about the artist, visit The Dukedom at www.genechandler.com

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

Release date: 30 September 2013

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