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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.



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2 Responses to Chicago’s own ‘Duke of Earl’ gets street-name honors

  1. Linda says:

    Love You Duke Of Earl. You Have Always Been Our Prince Charming. Thank You For Bringing Joy To Our Lives. Your Mesmerizing Talents Have Withstood The Tests Of Times. #WeTakingOurFamiliesBackWithGodsLoveAndTheDukeOfEarl

  2. Jim Liddane says:

    4,000 miles away, in Ireland in 1961, I marvelled at the strange hypnotic “Duke Of Earl”.

    Back then, I had no idea he he was a real duke or not, but either way, he turned out to be royalty anyway.

    Great to see such a legendary and influential song (and such a legendary and influential sjnger), honoured!

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