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Gene Chandler

voc, *1937 US, Chicago
Singer / Songwriter / Producer of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Eugene Dixon The Duke Of Earl

Soul - funk - disco singer - songwriter Born on 06.07.1937 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. After his stint with The Dukays he went solo. In the early 60's he released the smash hit "The Duke Of Earl", a title that became a regular persona for his act. He appeared as such in "Don't Knock The Twist" movie, starring Chubby Checker. After his solo releases at Vee Jay Records he started recording for Constellation Records (2), Checker and Brunswick. Often produced by Curtis Mayfield. He dueted with Barbara Acklin on "From The Teacher To The Preacher". Among his 60's hits were his cover of James Brown, "There Was A Time" and "You Threw A Lucky Punch", an answer song to Mary Wells' "You Beat Me To The Punch". In the early 70's he dueted with Jerry Butler for the whole album "One On One". His second biggest hit after "The Duke Of Earl" was the early 70's "Groovy Situation". In the early 1970s, whilst at Mercury, he set up his Mister Chand label, one of many he was involved with over his long career. Between 1978 - 1981 he became executive vice president at Chi Sound Records, where he released four disco funk albums. He spawned the hits "Get Down", "When You're #1", "Does She Have A Friend?" and "Rainbow '80" After these, in 1983, he dueted with Jaime Lynn for "You're The One" at Salsoul Records. In 1985 he recorded a soul boogie album and he recorded again in 1995.

        
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Duke of Earl on The Duke Of Earl by Gene Chandler
Duke of Earl - Rerecorded on 20 Best of Doo Wop by Various Artists
I Fooled You This Time on Soul Master by Gene Chandler
Duke Of Earl on Daddy's Home by Gene Chandler
Groovy Situation - Single Version on Soul Master by Gene Chandler
Rainbow on The Duke Of Earl by Gene Chandler
Does She Have a Friend (For Me?) on Greatest - Chi Sound Records by Various Artists
Get Down on Funked!: Volume 3 1977-1980 by Various Artists
Duke of Earl - Remastered on The Duke of Soul by Gene Chandler
Stand By Me on The Duke Of Earl by Gene Chandler

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
I'll Make The Living (If You Make The Loving Worthwhile)Gene Chandler2018Album
Brunswick Complete Singles CollectionGene Chandler2015Compil.
In My Body’s House / Hard TimesGene Chandler / Baby Huey2015Single
Chisound Sessions 1978-1982Gene Chandler2013Compil.
Get Down / Two HeartsGene Chandler / Stephanie Mills2007Album
The Duke Of EarlGene Chandler2005Compil.
Duke Of Earl (The Very Best Of The Vee-Jay Years)Gene Chandler2005Compil.
The Duke Of EarlGene Chandler2004Album
Togetherness Issue 7 Autumn 2001Gene Chandler / Jimmy Conwell / Snake Davis And The Suspicions2001Album
Duke Of Earl (And All The Rest)Gene Chandler2000Album
I Can Take Care Of Myself/Mr Big ShotGene Chandler2000Single
The Duke Of Earl/The Best Of Gene ChandlerGene Chandler2000Compil.
'80 / Here's To LoveGene Chandler1999Compil.
The Brunswick Years 1966-69Gene Chandler1999Compil.
Get Down With Get DownGene Chandler1999Compil.
Duke Of Earl (Best Of Gene Chandler)Gene Chandler1997Compil.
The Duke Of EarlGene Chandler1996Compil.
The Soul Of Gene ChandlerGene Chandler1996Compil.
Soul MasterGene Chandler1995Compil.
"Best Of" Series Presents: Gene ChandlerGene Chandler1995Compil.
Tell It Like It IsGene Chandler1995Album
Together AgainClarence Carter, Gene Chandler1995Compil.
Nothing Can Stop Me: Gene Chandler's Greatest HitsGene Chandler1994Compil.
20 Greatest HitsGene Chandler1994Compil.
Rainbow '80 - A Golden Classics EditionGene Chandler1994Compil.
Duke Of EarlGene Chandler1994Compil.
Live At The RegalGene Chandler1994Album
Duke Of EarlGene Chandler1994Compil.
RainbowGene Chandler1993Compil.
Groovy Situation / Hang On In There BabyGene Chandler / Johnny Bristol1992Single
Get DownGene Chandler1992Compil.
Don't Push It Don't Force It / Get DownLeon Haywood / Gene Chandler1992Single
Duke Of Chicago SoulGene Chandler1991Compil.
Duke of EarlGene Chandler1991Compil.
Duke Of Earl - 23 Greatest HitsGene Chandler1989Compil.
Get Down / Does She Have A Friend For MeGene Chandler1989Album
Duke Of Earl - 23 Greatest HitsGene Chandler1989Compil.
Stand By MeGene Chandler1987Compil.
Groovy Situation / Forgive Me (For Giving You Such A Bad Time)Gene Chandler / Babs Tino1987Single
Your Love Looks Good On MeGene Chandler1986Album
Barefootin' / Duke Of EarlRobert Parker / Gene Chandler1986Single
LucyGene Chandler1986Single
Sixties Soul BrotherGene Chandler1986Compil.
Just Be TrueGene Chandler1985Compil.
Haven't I Heard That Line BeforeGene Chandler1985Single
Your Love Looks Good On MeGene Chandler1985Album
Duke Of Earl / RaindropsGene Chandler / Dee Clark1984Single
Stroll On With The DukeGene Chandler1984Compil.
You're The One / I Keep Coming Back For MoreJaime Lynn & Gene Chandler1983Album
Love Makes A Woman / The Girl Don't CareBarbara Acklin / Gene Chandler1983Single
I'll Make The Living If You Make The Loving Worthwhile / Time Is A ThiefGene Chandler1982Album
Joe South / Spanky And Our Gang / Gene Chandler / The SkylinersJoe South / Spanky & Our Gang / Gene Chandler / The Skyliners1982Compil.
I'm Attracted To YouGene Chandler1981Single
Here's To LoveGene Chandler1981Album
Love Is The AnswerGene Chandler1981Album
Does She Have A Friend?Gene Chandler1980Album
Duke Of Earl / Billy's BagGene Chandler / Billy Preston1980Single
Lay Me GentlyGene Chandler1980Single
Nothing Can Stop Me / You Threw A Lucky Punch / Just Be TrueGene Chandler1980Compil.
'80Gene Chandler1980Album
Rainbow '80 / I'll Be ThereGene Chandler1980Single
When You're # 1Gene Chandler1979Album
Get Down / When You're #1Gene Chandler1979Single
That Funky Disco Rhythm / Do What Comes So NaturalGene Chandler1979Album
Dolce Veleno (Loin Des Yeux Loin Du Coeur) / Get DownDemis Roussos / Gene Chandler1979Single
When You're # 1Gene Chandler1979Album
Get DownGene Chandler1978Album
Please SunriseGene Chandler1978Single
Get Down / Turn The Music Up / Can You Feel The ForceGene Chandler / The Players Association / The Real Thing1978Single
Get DownGene Chandler1978Single
Contact / Get DownEdwin Starr / Gene Chandler1978Album
Tomorrow I May Not Feel The SameGene Chandler1978Single
From The Teacher To The Preacher / Little Green ApplesGene Chandler & Barbara Acklin1976Single
Tell It Like It Is / Live Your Life (Pt. 2)Gene Chandler / Gene Chandler Orchestra1976Single
Duke Of EarlGene Chandler1976Compil.
There Was A Time / I'm Gonna Miss YouGene Chandler / The Artistics1976Single
I UnderstandGene Chandler1973Single
Rainbow / Turn On Your Love LightGene Chandler1973Single
Without You HereGene Chandler1973Single
Don't Have To Be Lying BabeGene Chandler1972Single
You're A Lady / Stone Cold FeelingGene Chandler1971Single
Yes I'm Ready (If I Don't Get To Go) / Pillars Of GlassGene Chandler1971Single
You Just Can't Win (By Making The Same Mistake)Gene Chandler & Jerry Butler1970Single
Hey, Little Angel / It's Your Love I'm AfterGene Chandler1970Single
Cracklin' Rosie / Groovy SituationNeil Diamond / Gene Chandler1970Single
Groovy SituationGene Chandler1970Single
The Gene Chandler SituationGene Chandler1970Album
Groovy SituationGene Chandler1970Single
Simply Call It LoveGene Chandler1970Single
Ten And Two (Take This Woman Off The Corner)Gene Chandler & Jerry Butler1970Single
Gene & Jerry - One & OneGene Chandler & Jerry Butler1970Album
Duke Of EarlGene Chandler1969Single
Little Green Apples / Will I Find LoveGene Chandler & Barbara Acklin1969Single
In My Body's HouseGene Chandler1969Single
Pit Of Loneliness / Teacher TeacherGene Chandler1969Single
This Bitter Earth / SuicideGene Chandler1969Single
Familiar Footsteps / Eleanor RigbyGene Chandler1969Single
The Two Sides Of Gene ChandlerGene Chandler1969Album
Duke Of EarlGene Chandler1968Compil.
River Of Tears / It's Time To Settle DownGene Chandler1968Single
From The Teacher To The PreacherGene Chandler And Barbara Acklin1968Single
There Was A TimeGene Chandler1968Album
There Was A Time / Those Were The Good Old DaysGene Chandler1968Single
Show Me The Way To Go / Love Won't StartGene Chandler And Barbara Acklin1968Single
My Love / Girl Don't CareGene Chandler1967Single
No Peace, No Satisfaction / I Won't Need YouGene Chandler1967Single
To Be A Lover / After The LaughterGene Chandler1967Single
There Goes The LoverGene Chandler1967Single
The Girl Don't CareGene Chandler1967Album
The Duke Of SoulGene Chandler1967Compil.
I Fooled You This Time / Such A Pretty ThingGene Chandler1966Single
Mr. Big Shot / I Hate To Be The One To SayGene Chandler1966Single
I Can Take Care Of MyselfGene Chandler1966Single
You Can't Hurt Me No More / Everybody Lets DanceGene Chandler1966Single
Baby That's Love / Bet You Never ThoughtGene Chandler1966Single
Buddy Ain't It A Shame / (I'm Just A) Fool For YouGene Chandler1966Single
Rainbow '65Gene Chandler1965Single
Rainbow / You Threw A Lucky PunchGene Chandler1965Single
Live On Stage In '65Gene Chandler1965Album
Rainbow '65Gene Chandler1965Single
Here Comes The TearsGene Chandler1965Single
Soul HootenannyGene Chandler1965Single
Nothing Can Stop Me / The Big LieGene Chandler1965Single
No One Can Love You (Like I Do) / Good TimesGene Chandler1965Single
Just Be True / A Song Called SoulGene Chandler1964Single
The Greatest Hits Of Gene ChandlerGene Chandler1964Compil.
Duke Of Earl / TragicGene Chandler, The Sheppards1964Single
A Song Called Soul / You Left MeGene Chandler1964Single
Just Be True / A Song Called SoulGene Chandler1964Single
What NowGene Chandler1964Single
Just Be TrueGene Chandler1964Album
Think Nothing About It / Wish You Were HereGene Chandler1964Single
London Town / Bless Our LoveGene Chandler1964Single
Baby That's Love / Man's TemptationGene Chandler1963Single
Wonderful, Wonderful / Man's TemptationGene Chandler1963Single
It's No Good For Me / From Day To DayGene Chandler1963Single
Pretty Little GirlGene Chandler1963Single
Forgive MeGene Chandler1963Single
You Threw A Lucky Punch / RainbowGene Chandler1962Single
The Duke Of EarlGene Chandler1962Album
Tear For Tear / Miracle After MiracleGene Chandler1962Single
A Song Called Soul / You Threw A Lucky PunchGene Chandler1962Single
Forgive Me / Check YourselfGene Chandler1962Single
RainbowGene Chandler1962Single
Duke Of Earl / Kissin' In The KitchenGene Chandler1961Single
Bless Our Love / Just Be TrueGene ChandlerSingle
Rainbow '80 / Does She Have A Friend?Gene ChandlerSingle
Duke Of Earl / Check YourselfGene ChandlerSingle
I'm Still Here / Duke Of EarlThe Notations / Gene ChandlerSingle
Deserie / Nothing Can Stop MeThe Charts / Gene ChandlerSingle
Goodnight My Love / Duke Of EarlJesse Belvin / Gene ChandlerSingle
Got To Get Rid Of You / You Left MeL. V. Johnson / Gene ChandlerSingle
Get Down / If My Friends Could See Me NowGene Chandler / Linda CliffordSingle
Man's Temptation/Baby, That's LoveGene ChandlerSingle
Duke Of Earl / Nite OwlGene ChandlerSingle
Rainbow / Man's TemptationGene ChandlerSingle
Duke Of Earl / RainbowGene ChandlerSingle
Just Be True / A Song Called SoulGene ChandlerSingle
The Girl Across The Street / Nothing Can Stop MeMoses Smith, Gene ChandlerSingle
The Duke Of SoulGene ChandlerCompil.
Rainbow / Fannie MaeGene Chandler, Buster BrownSingle
Duke Of Earl / Big Boss ManGene Chandler / Jimmy ReedSingle
For Your Precious Love / Duke Of EarlJerry Butler / Gene ChandlerSingle
Groovy Situation / Simply Call It LoveGene ChandlerSingle
I Keep Coming Back / Baby You're Something In The ClutchGene ChandlerSingle
Rainbow '65 (Complete Version) / What Now?Gene ChandlerSingle
Daddy's Home / I Wake Up CryingGene ChandlerSingle
You're The One / I Keep Coming Back For MoreJaime Lynn & Gene ChandlerSingle
I Fooled You This Time / To Be A LoverGene ChandlerSingle
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