Chicago’s own ‘Duke of Earl’ gets street-name honors
November 27th, 2016
Gene Chandler, whose “Duke of Earl” was a doo-wop hit back in the day, is being honored with a Chicago street sign at 59th Street from Racine Avenue to May Street.
A dedication there is planned for Dec. 3 at noon.
The sign is located in the Englewood neighborhood where “The Duke of Earl,” as he was nicknamed, grew up.
Chandler performed with The Gaytones in the mid-1950s before joining the Dukays, which released “Duke of Earl” in 1961. Chandler (then known as Eugene Dixon) wrote the song with Earl Edwards and Bernice Williams.
The lyrics are catchy: Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke of Earl. And the song was included in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.
Chandler also performed another hit–“Groovy Situation”–in the 1970s.
The 79-year-old South Sider stayed in Chicago and in 2012 started Project Happiness, a small nonprofit that helps under-served families during the holidays. Chandler likes to deliver food, clothing and gifts himself. The duke is a prince.