In #1962 #GeneChandler
and #TheDukays #DukeOfEarl
was the #1
song on the #Hot100
and held the number-one spot for three weeks. The song also hit number 1 on the R&B charts.
It is the best known of Chandler's songs, and he subsequently dubbed himself '#TheDukeOfEarl
'. The song originated from warm-up exercises by the #Dukays
, a vocal group that included Chandler (under his original name, #EugeneDixon
) and Earl Edwards and that had already had some success on the R&B chart.
The group would regularly warm up by singing "Do do do do..." in different keys. On one occasion, Dixon changed the syllables he was singing to include Earl's name, and the chant gradually became the nonsense words "Du..du..du..Duke of Earl". The pair worked on the song with regular songwriter and mentor Bernice Williams, and then recorded it with the other members of the Dukays.
This song was a 2002 inductee into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has also been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll #TWIMH
#music #history #musichistory #onthisday #thisdayinhistory #60s