Who was Gene Chandler, and how did he contribute to music?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Known for his song, "Duke of Earl," a song that sold a million copies in one month, Gene Chandler is a Grammy Hall of Famer. He is renowned and respected for being one of the leaders of 1960's Chicago soul scene, along with Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. Chandler wrote and collaborated on numerous hits of the sixties.

When "Duke of Earl" was recorded. Chandler was a member of a group known as the Dukays, but Calvin Carter of Vee-Jay records wanted it released as only belonging to Chandler. After some disputation, the song was sold with only Chandler's name on it. Later, Chandler teamed with Mayfield on an album, and he toured. However, he grew tired of being on the road and decided to become involved with the business end of the music industry; in 1970 he wrote, arranged, and produced "Groovy Situation" on the Mercury record label. This song was his second biggest hit and sold over a million copies.

laurto | Student

Gene Chandler, also known as "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is an African-American musician. He is one of the few singers to sell successful records during the doo-wop, R&B, soul, and disco musical eras.