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Gene Chandler

Gene Chandler is remembered by the rock & roll audience almost solely for the classic novelty and doo wop-tinged soul ballad "Duke of Earl"; the unforgettable opening chant of the title leading the way, the song was a number one hit in 1962. He's esteemed by soul fans as one of the leading exponents of the '60s Chicago soul scene, along with Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler. Born Eugene Dixon, he was a member of the doo wop group the Dukays and "Duke of Earl" was actually a Dukays recording; Dixon was renamed Gene Chandler and the single bore his credit as a solo singer. Chandler never approached the massive pop success of that chart-topper (although he occasionally entered the Top 20), but he was a big star with the R&B audience with straightforward mid-tempo and ballad soul numbers in the mid-'60s, many of which were written by Curtis Mayfield and produced by Carl Davis. Chandler's success became more fitful after Mayfield stopped penning material for him, although he enjoyed some late-'60s hits and had a monster pop and soul smash in 1970 with "Groovy Situation." His last successes were the far less distinguished disco- and dance-influenced R&B hits "Get Down" (1978) and "Does She Have a Friend?" (1980). ~ Richie Unterberger
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Track List: Rainbow '80 - A Golden Classics Edition

1. Get Down

3. When You're #1

5. Rainbow '80

6. I'm Attracted To You

11. Tomorrow I May Not Feel The Same

13. You've Been So Sweet To Me

15. All About The Paper

16. Let Me Make Love To You

17. Does She Have A Friend?

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anneutricia
I remember slow dancing to Rainbow 80 at our Jr High 8th grade dance we had in the school cafeteria.
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Fantastic song and means more to me because my name is Earl
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A true classic. Make way for The Duke of Earl, Gene Chandler!!!
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A true classic. Make way for The Duke, Gene Chandler!!!
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My mom says she met you.In Chicago you had thick white carpet in your home! I think this is so cool. Maybe this why I met Chicago Twista and a list of stars! Beautiful Women never forgotten. I love my mom. Thanks Auntie for sharing this time in our families history..
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Oldies songs comes from the heart th
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Christmas of 1961,listen to the Duke of Earl: R&R great years.
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MAGNUM P I
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I would love here his music
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I think we all were the duke, when we young. Great song.
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I was the duke, until he came along. Sing on Duke.
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duke of earl, gotta be one of the top songs ever.
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Remember that one take care
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For. U. Richie. I. Miss. U. My. Best. Friend. I. Luv. Ya. Charlie.
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The only thing that is gene
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Dam when I first heard this Rola. I felt invincible, it's amazing how a song can influence are young lives. Puras memorias del Valle 818 en carucha cruising down Laurel Cyn.
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mike3345mike
top dog song...luved it still....
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Love mi some oldies music this is such a great song bring me back to my childhood days
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Mi Rola from high school days!!
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I used to sing this song to people who have had too much to drink lol
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Yes RainBow Was The Song. A Lot Of People Thought He Wrote That Song. Made That Song Three Time -RainBow - 65-RainBow-9 9 -RainBow -2000 .Curtis / Jerry Bulter Wrote The Song.
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pcer1981
real good rolas
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Rainbow 65
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I Loves Old Music And Loves To Dance With Old Music I'm From The Old School?
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Oldies
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Ur my Duke of Earl papi!!!!!!
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She just don't care
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Absolute classic...lo v e it
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Ojays
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OH MY GOODD!!!! THIS IS MY FAV SONG OF ALL TIME!!!!!! DUKE DUKE DUKE DUKEOF EARL!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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One of my favorite song. Love it.
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fayeiswhoiam
You forgot RAINBOW which was and remains one of the most popular slow songs.
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Fond memories with this one
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It TRULY REALLY hurts when I know he DONT CARE.
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The Girl Dont Care!!
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I LOVE THIS song because I'm the duke of earl here in newark, n.j. RASHON IBN ALMUHYI
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"Rainbow" �� Love this song!!! ♡
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"Groovy Situation" That Girl 70
~H-Town~Groo v i n ' ~ W e - D o n ' t - S t o p - T h e - M u s i c ~
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 7 m 1 4 y ~
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One of my favorite songs as a child!
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This song is the s**t
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ronaldward31 0 5 1
Good dam music u can listen to
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mimivo.mm
I TRULY DONT CARE ANYMORE.
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ejanuary1949
I just want to ask you one thing baby! :)
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leney5050
Takes me back to the garage parties, WOW!!!!!!!
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Richard turner love this song
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aww..love this song!!
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Bomb music, im 26 and been a fan since i was 5
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I had a Chess album by Gene Chandler back in the 60s with a lot of great tunes. Lord knows what happened to it but he had plenty songs on it just as good as the Duke of Earl.
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This reminds me of my son,Edward P.Ledesma Jr. And my Aunt Rosie.
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The Quarter Parties That's What's Up!!!!!!!!!
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