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Tuesday, January 15, 2013


The Cuban/ Latin rhythm sound as perfected by producer Bert Berns in the early '60's was not limited to the New York studio scene; by the time of this records' release, the influence had spread far and wide. Chicago soul raconteur Gene Chandler makes great use of it on this excellent side, cut during the era, which was his second for Constellation Records. While Gene's records were almost uniformly excellent during the '60's, it was difficult for him to match the smash hit success of "Duke Of Earl" (recorded for Vee Jay Records, which was his home for 2 years and nine releases). Vee Jay manager Ewart Abner started Constellation, and Gene released some of the greatest records of his career on the label during '63 until the demise of the label in 1966.

from 1963...



JohnnyDiego said...

That you for posting this great song. This is the first time I have heard it. In junior high school my friend and I used to wander the halls singing Duke of Earl in two part harmony to the endless disapproval of the other students.
The blog 'Boogie Woogie Flu' recently posted an article and some fantastic records produced by the late, great Bert Berns. Check it out:
I am a daily visitor to your site. I thank you. My iPod thanks you.

YankeeBoy said...

As much as I love "Duke of Earl", it really is a shame that Gene Chandler is pretty much known as a one-hit wonder by most people. Terrific record.