Gene Chandler

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A FANTASTIC PERFORMER !! 50 years in show business, over 30 chart hits, songwriter, producer, record executive, entrepreneur...hardly a one hit wonder after the million-selling "DUKE OF EARL". Still rocking and rolling today, at the the age of 72!! Hits include the Top 20 hits JUST BE TRUE, NOTHING CAN STOP ME,WHAT NOW,I FOOLED YOU THIS TIME, GOD BLESS OUR LOVE,RAINBOW,A MAN'S TEMPTATION,YOU CANT HURT ME NO MORE,GOOD TIMES, THERE WAS A TIME, RAINBOW'65,GET DOWN, TO BE A LOVER, and many more, including the 1970 R.I.A.A. Certified Million-Seller, GROOVY SITUATION. Former Executive Vice President of Chi-Sound Records, he helped the careers of numerous artists,including JOHNNY NASH, MEL & TIM,and many others. His songs have been sampled and covered by many artists and have been featured in numerous films.

I just attended of of his shows 3 weeks ago, and he put on a dynamic performance that artists one third his age couldn't do!!!

A Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductee, and winner of The National Association of Television and Radio Announcers (NATRA) Producer of the Year Award in 1970,a winner of THE RHYTHM and BLUES FOUNDATION'S PIONEER AWARD, and an artist that was SO HOT in the Sixties, that he was signed by 3 different record companies....at THE SAME TIME !! (Chess Records, Constellation Records, and Brunswick).
I dont see how the the RRHOF could have possibly ignored GENE , yet nominated JOE TEX , who had nowhere NEAR the number of hits, and inducted PERCY SLEDGE, who had ONLY ONE.
One of the few artists who had hits during the DOO-WOP, R&B, SOUL, and DISCO eras...and is still going strong today...and still drawing huge crowds at his concerts the world over!!!

GENE CHANDLER should have ALREADY BEEN INDUCTED!!!


Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 11:47am


THE "DUKE OF EARL" , Gene Chandler , was also featured in 2 PBS specials.... and STOLE THE SHOW BOTH TIMES!! Way to go, Gene !!

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 12:03pm


PUT "THE DUKE" IN !! HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE ALREADY!!!

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 03.14.10 @ 12:11pm


Gene Chandler "THE DUKE" IN ACTION !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bw55sR4ec8

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 03.14.10 @ 12:25pm


GENE "The Duke of Earl" CHANDLER SHOULD HAVE BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME YEARS AGO !!! How he's not in ,( with over 30 chart hits, and a Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductee,singer,songwriter , producer, entrepreneur, and record executive, and winner of the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers Producer of the Year Award, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award) but one -hit wonder Percy Sledge is, BLOWS MY MIND !!! This man is one of the FOUNDING FATHERS of SOUL &R&B!! http://www.genechandler.com/

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.5.11 @ 14:18pm



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Chandler

GENE CHANDLER (The Duke of Earl) is now 74 years old.He has had over 30 chart hits, is a Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee , and winner of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award.... He's been performing for over 50 years...Singer, Songwriter,Producer,and Record Executive...and winner of the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers Producer of the Year Award.And,I might add, can still out-performs artists decades younger, even today. I know. I've seen him ....several times.One of the leading exponents of The Chicago Sound in the late '50s 60's,One of the few artists who can boast having hits during the DOO-WOP,R&B, SOUL, and DISCO Eras, Gene Chandler,like his fellow Chicagoans , JERRY BUTLER, THE IMPRESSIONS, CURTIS MAYFIELD, AND THE DELLS, deserves induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 08.29.11 @ 16:49pm


GENE "The Duke of Earl" CHANDLER has had a LOT more hits than numerous inducted artists....and he wrote and produced a lot of his own stuff , too. How PERCY SLEDGE and JIMMY CLIFF have gotten inducted ....and JOE TEX has gotten nominated ...but GENE hasn't recieved EITHER ONE, boggles the mind !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 11.30.11 @ 03:47am


****GENE CHANDLER****

From Wikipedia:

A Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee, and winner of the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers Producer of the Year Award, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award, and one of the few artists to chart hit records during the Doo-Wop, R&B, Soul, and Disco eras.Chandler has had more than thirty chart hits.

Singer-songwriter, record producer, record company executive

The man is 74 years old !! How much longer does he have to WAIT ??

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 11.30.11 @ 03:51am


****GENE CHANDLER****

"RAINBOW '65" A 2 part hit single...recorded LIVE in '65....at Chicago's famous Regal Theatre !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqpAa2k1Wnw

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 11.30.11 @ 03:56am


I saw BOTH of them on the SAME show, three years ago...Believe me when I say, GENE CHANDLER MURDERED PERCY SLEDGE ON STAGE !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 11.30.11 @ 04:07am


****GENE CHANDLER****


On ABC's SHIVAREE singing "NOTHING CAN STOP ME"

A Billboard Top 20 Pop hit (Top 10 R&B) - written and produced by CURTIS MAYFIELD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obaugJUClr8&feature=related

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 11.30.11 @ 04:14am


Gene should've been inducted YEARS ago. FAR more hits than Joe Tex...and more prolific to boot !!

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 02.8.12 @ 01:13am


I think that my dad should be inducted also ,I've had many years with him and to this day, he STILL PERFORMS all over the world I'm working on a project for him I want him to have his flowers while he is still here.I love YOU DAD!

Posted by forrest on Sunday, 02.19.12 @ 21:25pm


***GENE cHANDLER- FROM WIKIPEDIA***

Gene Chandler (born Eugene Dixon, July 6, 1937, Chicago, Illinois)[1] also known as "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, producer and record executive. He is one of the leading exponents of the 1960s Chicago soul scene.[1] He is best known for his million-selling hits, "Duke Of Earl," and "Groovy Situation," and his associations with the Dukays, the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield. A Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee, and winner of the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers Producer of the Year Award, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award, and one of the few artists to chart hit records during the doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul, and disco eras. Chandler has had more than thirty chart hits.

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 02.26.12 @ 02:37am


http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Gene%20Chandler.html

GENE CHANDLER- A HISTORY IN PICTURES

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 02.26.12 @ 02:47am


Wow he is great!

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 02.26.12 @ 06:49am


http://ourrockandrollhalloffame71305.yuku.com/topic/1676/Gene-Chandler-The-Duke-Of-Earl?page=1

****GENE CHANDLER****

"The Duke Of Earl" has been criminally overlooked. A lot of people on FRL have ignored him repeatedly on their "Rock Hall Revisited" and "Rock Hall Projected" blogs, not because he isn't worthy of induction, but because they simply aren't aware of his major accomplishments in the music industry , or because they thought he was just a "one hit wonder". This is incorrect, Chandler has had 40 Pop and R&B Chart hits over 25 years, and has had worldwide influence. Singer, songwriter, producer, record executive, owner of two music publishing companies,entrepreneur,and one of the few artists who can legitimately lay claim to having had hit records during the DOO-WOP,R&B, SOUL, and DISCO eras, Gene has had a SIGNIFICANT impact on the history of Rock and Roll, and his songs have been covered by artists all over the world, in multiple music genres.A Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, winner of the Rhythm and Blues Foundations'prestigious Pioneer Award and the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers Producer of the Year Award.

Click on the above link to Charles Crossley's website to see our discussion on my reasons why "The Duke Of Earl" deserves to be inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 03.7.12 @ 12:39pm


I believe that GENE CHANDLER is deserving of induction,or at least consideration for induction. He is one of those artists that ,while meeting all of the qualifications for induction,( a long,storied career, major influence on others, great performer, numerous chart hits, wrote and produced his own material, as well as that of other artists, worldwide popularity, etc, ) seems to have fallen through the cracks, for one reason or another (didn't record for one of the two major sixties R&B labels , limited Pop Chart penetration, doesn't have a major Rock star pushing for him, like Ron Wood did for Bobby Womack, or Billy Joel and Paul Shaffer did with Little Anthony and The Imperials,etc - are you listening,Eric Clapton ?), but, like fellow Chicagoans The Dells,who were inducted in 2004, DID have a long string of hits, consistently high-quality work, and were important in the early days of Rock and Roll. Chandler was also involved in the Executive Capacity, owning two music publishing companies, and even his own label for a time,(Bamboo Records) as well as being Vice President of Chi-Sound Records .But ,The Dells took many years to finally get in . Gene Chandler is 74 years old He has never really left the public eye in over 51 years of performing, and has that major iconic (actually two) iconic hits that have gotten even more popular with time, and have been used in movies , plays , TV Shows etc. He has won the Rhythm & Blues foundation's prestigious Pioneer Award, the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers Producer of the Year Award, and is in The Grammy Hall Of Fame. Ironically, when Bobby Womack was inducted, Pop and Rock music fans said: "Who in the world is HE ?" and "Why does HE merit induction?" But , there's more to life than the Pop Charts. Bobby certainly deserved induction, and Gene does too.

Time is marching on . Gene should be recognized.

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 03.14.12 @ 15:05pm


81% of those who voted here on FUTURE ROCK LEGENDS say that Gene Chandler , " THE DUKE OF EARL" deserves induction. I must say I agree with them .

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 03.14.12 @ 15:09pm


http://ourrockandrollhalloffame71305.yuku.com/topic/1676/Gene-Chandler-The-Duke-Of-Earl

*****GENE CHANDLER*****

Click on the above site to see my reasons why GENE CHANDLER, the "Duke of Earl", should be inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME .

Posted by Bill G on Friday, 06.29.12 @ 22:31pm


http://ourrockandrollhalloffame71305.yuku.com/topic/1676/Gene-Chandler-The-Duke-Of-Earl

Check out this blog on Charles Crossley's "Top Of The Charts" website to see my reasons why I think that GENE CHANDLER, The "Duke Of Earl", deserves to be inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 09.13.12 @ 15:44pm


Unfortunately I don't think Gene will be inducted, although he did have an impressive career. Only reason I say that is because he's only known for his 'Duke of Earl' hit. He's had several titles on the R&B charts, but hey, so did some of the other forgotten people like Tyrone Davis and Joe Simon. And he had some crossover hits that were mostly on the bottom rung on the Hot 100. I really dig his disco tune 'Get Down' though.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Monday, 03.4.13 @ 02:15am


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On the "FUTURE ROCK LEGENDS" website, bloggers are encouraged to vote on many different artists, to see which ones THEY feel should be inducted into THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. Here are some stats:

(Votes are measured in precentages,and are as of 2/6/13) :

CHIC-63%

MARY WELLS - 70%

THE MARVELETTES - 70%

THE SPINNERS - 77%

GENE CHANDLER - 79 %

INTERESTING FACT : With the SOLE exception of GENE CHANDLER, ALL of the other artists on this list have been nominated for R&R HOF Induction at least ONCE-yet , Gene wins the FRL poll- with a higher percentage-over ALL of the others.
Also , keep in mind that classic R&B fans are NOT the only ones voting here...but rather, fans from the FULL SPECTRUM of Rock and Roll Music.
So...why no induction for Gene ?
Why not even a nomination ?
Kinda mades you wonder, doesn't it ?

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 03.4.13 @ 04:58am


http://rockhall.com/pressroom/announcements/inductee-terry-sylvester-of-th/

*****GENE CHANDLER- The "Duke Of Earl"*****

Gene Chandler has PERFORMED at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . Why don't they let him IN ?? He deserves it !!!

From Wikipedia :

Gene Chandler (born Eugene Dixon, July 6, 1937)[1] also known as "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, producer and record executive.

He is one of the leading exponents of the 1960s Chicago soul scene, [1] best known for his million-selling hits "Duke Of Earl" and "Groovy Situation" and his association with the Dukays, the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield.

Gene is a Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee and a winner of both the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers' (NATRA) "Producer of the Year" Award and a Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award.[2] Chandler is also one of a just a few select artists to chart hit records during the doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul, and disco eras, with some 40 Pop and R&B chart hits between 1961 and 1986.

Chandler attended Englewood High School on Chicago's south side. He began performing in the early 1950s with the Gaytones. In 1957, he joined a doo-wop group, The Dukays, with James Lowe, Shirley Jones, Earl Edwards and Ben Broyles, soon becoming their lead singer. After his draft into the US Army he returned to Chicago in 1960 and rejoined the Dukays.

The Dukays were offered a recording contract by Nat Records and recorded a single with producers Carl Davis and Bill "Bunky" Sheppard, "The Girl Is a Devil" (1961). This was followed with a session in August 1961 that resulted in four sides, most notably "Nite Owl" and "Duke of Earl." Nat Records chose to release "Nite Owl" and it became a sizeable r&b hit at the end of 1961. Meanwhile, Davis and Sheppard shopped the "Duke of Earl" recording to Vee-Jay Records, who decided to release it by him as a solo artist, but he was re-named "Gene Chandler."

"Duke of Earl" sold a million copies in just over a month.[3] After spending three weeks at number one on the Billboard charts, Chandler purchased a cape, a monocle, a top hat and a cane and became "The Duke of Earl". Chandler can be seen in the full 'Duke' outfit singing "The Duke of Earl" in the movie Don't Knock the Twist in 1962, starring Chubby Checker. His concerts became popular and he performed encores, usually "Rainbow '65," one of his collaborations with Curtis Mayfield. This song was recorded by Chandler three times during his career, becoming a hit each time.

Chandler left Vee Jay in the fall of 1963 and recorded for another Chicago label, Constellation Records. After Constellation went under in 1966, he was signed first to Chess Records and then Brunswick Records. For a time, Chess and Brunswick alternated in releasing Chandler's recordings. He had Top 20 pop hits on Constellation with "Just Be True" (1964) and "Nothing Can Stop Me" (1965), both songs written by Curtis Mayfield and produced by Carl Davis.

Other hits included "What Now", "Rainbow", "I Fooled You This Time", "Think Nothing About It"', "A Man's Temptation", "To Be A Lover", "Rainbow '65" (recorded live at Chicago's Regal Theater), "Bless Our Love", and "You Can't Hurt Me No More." These songs enabled Gene to successfully shed his "Duke Of Earl" typecasting and go on to become a major R&B star.[4] Chandler also had success with his hit cover of James Brown's "There Was A Time" and "You Threw A Lucky Punch", which was released as an "answer" song to Mary Wells's Motown hit "You Beat Me To The Punch".

After a number of years on the road, Chandler decided to become more involved with the production of music, forming his own production company and record labels, Bamboo and Mister Chand. He produced a major hit for himself first time out with "Groovy Situation" on Mercury Records (1970), which reached #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the Billboard R&B chart, becoming his second biggest hit after "Duke Of Earl". "Groovy Situation" sold more than a million copies and received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A. in November 1970.[5]

Earlier, he produced "Backfield In Motion" for Mel And Tim on Bamboo, which climbed to #3 on the R&B chart and reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, following up with "Good Guys Only Win In The Movies" for the duo (#17 R&B, #45 pop). These hits earned him The National Association of Television and Radio Announcers' Producer of the Year Award in 1970, against competition from other nominees, including Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff and Norman Whitfield.[6]

Later that year, Chandler recorded the album Gene and Jerry: One on One, with another top Chicago artist, Jerry Butler on Mercury. He also appeared with The Impressions and Curtis Mayfield on the live album Curtis in Chicago (1973). Chandler appeared on Arthur Louis's album, Knocking on Heaven's Door (1974) alongside Eric Clapton. A spell with Curtis Mayfield's label, Curtom resulted in four self-produced singles in the mid-70s,but none charted.

In the late 1970s, he found new success with disco-style music, creating hits with his former producer, Carl Davis, including "Get Down" (1978) and follow-ups, "When You're #1" and "Does She Have A Friend?". [1] During this time, he became Executive Vice President of Chi Sound Records, run by Davis, and worked with reggae star Johnny Nash. In the late 1970s, an interest in older musicians inspired the US DJ Wolfman Jack to put together a tour, including vintage acts such as Chandler.

"Duke of Earl" was sampled by Cypress Hill, on the song "Hand on the Pump" from their album Cypress Hill (1991); plus Chandler's song "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" was sampled on their album Black Sunday (1993). In Argentina, where Cris Morena was the host of a popular teenage programe Jugate Conmigo, the song was included on the main intro on the fiction novel, inside the program called: "Life College" (1994). In 1997, Chandler was inducted as a Pioneer Award honoree into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

In 1988, "Duke of Earl" was included on the soundtrack of Hairspray. "Groovy Situation" appeared on Anchorman: Music from the Motion Picture (2004). In 2002, "Duke Of Earl" was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.[7] Groovemaster K. and 88-Keys sampled Chandler's "When You're #1" for their song "Frisco Disco".[8] His #1 hit "Duke Of Earl" has also been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll .[9][10]

Chandler still performs in Chicago, Las Vegas and elsewhere in the US. He also performs occasionally in Europe
He id still knocking 'em dead at the age of 76. The years have not diminished his vocal power or performance skills one iota !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.19.13 @ 20:32pm


http://ourrockandrollhalloffame71305.yuku.com/topic/1676/Gene-Chandler-The-Duke-Of-Earl?page=5

*****GENE CHANDLER- The "Duke Of Earl"*****

In his "Top of The Charts" forum, Charles Crossley Jr. once asked me:

"How do you feel Chandler has evolved, developed or perpetuated rock and roll?"

Here was my reply. You can read it on my "Gene Chandler" site there :

1) Did he have at least a reasonable number of chart hits ? - YES. combined Pop & R&B chart hits :40.

2)Did he write his own material ? - YES.

3) Did he receive any awards for writing his own material ? YES.

4) Did he influence other artists, especially in other genres of music ? YES. You know that, Charles, You came up with their names. Pop Rock, Rap, Reggae, Disco, R&B.

5) Did he have career longevity ? Definitely YES. From his first hit in 1961, until the present day: 51 years.

6) Did his popularity extend beyond the United States? YES.

7) Did he influence genres outside of music ? (motion pictures,television, plays etc) YES.

8 )Did he work with any other big names ? YES. (Mayfield, The Impressions, Eric Clapton, Jerry Butler, Johnny Nash, Barbara Acklin, Wolfman Jack, Arthur Louis, etc.

9) Did his popularity and music trancend genres ? YES. He was one of the few artists who can legitmately lay claim to have charted hits during the DOO-WOP, R&B, SOUL, and DISCO eras. If that's not perpetuating Rock and Roll, I don't know what is.

Far from being a Percy Sledge, Gene Chandler is a singer, songwriter, producer, record company executive, entrepreneur, and owner of two music publishing companies. And with some 40 US chart hits on the Pop & R&B charts , his 25 years of chart success dwarfs that of many current artists.
GENE CHANDLER "The Duke of Earl" , deserves induction .

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.19.13 @ 20:49pm


****GENE CHANDLER The "Duke of Earl****

According to Charles Crossley Jr. on his "Top of The Charts" site :


"I already found many of those acts before, but that last post significant also added to the acts I already had. Gene Chandler is becoming a contender now.

Here's the current list of acts who have cited Gene Chandler as an influence, have covered or sampled his songs (in particular, "The Duke Of Earl"), or have collaborated with him: the Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson solo, Frank Zappa, the Four Tops, the Impressions, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Steely Dan, the Spinners, Randy Newman, Billy Joel, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Edition, Al Kooper, the Stylistics, Hall & Oates, the Guess Who, John Hiatt, Cypress Hill, the Delfonics, Barbara Acklin, Don Henley solo, Mike Bloomfield solo, Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, the Mindbenders, Billy Paul, Johnny Nash, Prince Buster, Mel & Tim, Sha Na Na, the Walkmen, the Dead Milkmen, UB40, Men Without Hats and many others.

Now, Bill G., that's what I mean by tell me who was influenced by Gene Chandler. Now, there's a list that makes me sit up and take notice."

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 07.19.13 @ 21:09pm


I have always thought that sometimes 1hit is better than a hundred hits
Lets send good thoughts !

Posted by Happy on Friday, 07.19.13 @ 23:20pm


I'm still not 100% sold on the Duke, but I do enjoy reading you making the case for him. Very interesting and informative. He won't be near the top of my queue anytime soon (SRV&DT still hold that spot, with the Marvelettes, Spinners, Tokens, and Chubby Checker behind that, not necessarily in that order), but he may make into the queue eventually.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 07.21.13 @ 11:49am


****GENE CHANDLER "The Duke of Earl"****

Here is how he stacks up with FRL voters in favor of induction:

GENE CHANDLER- 78%

CHUBBY CHECKER- 77%

THE MARVELETTES- 70 %

THE SPINNERS- 78 %

CHIC- 64%

JOE TEX- 56 %

(figures are as on 7/21/13)

With the sole exception of CHUBBY CHECKER, every artist on this list has been nominated before...and some have been nominated MULTIPLE TIMES .

Although not nominated , Chubby has , at least , been on the RRHOF's "Previously Considered" list.

GENE CHANDLER has NEVER been nominated OR previously considered....yet, with the sole exception of THE SPINNERS... the "Duke of Earl" has a higher percentage rate of approval for induction than any other artist on this list, according to FRL voters.

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 07.21.13 @ 16:36pm


So.... why hasn't Gene Chandler been nominated...not even ONCE ??

This man is now 76 years old...Does he have to DIE , like Donna Summer did...like several of The MIRACLES did? and all but one of The Famous Flames and all but two of The Midnighters did...just to get recognition ?

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 07.21.13 @ 20:06pm


****GENE CHANDLER****

Unfortunately I don't think Gene will be inducted, although he did have an impressive career. Only reason I say that is because he's only known for his 'Duke of Earl' hit. He's had several titles on the R&B charts, but hey, so did some of the other forgotten people like Tyrone Davis and Joe Simon. And he had some crossover hits that were mostly on the bottom rung on the Hot 100. I really dig his disco tune 'Get Down' though. "

Gene also produced a major hit for himself with "Groovy Situation" on Mercury Records (1970), which reached #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the Billboard R&B chart, becoming his second biggest hit after "Duke Of Earl". "Groovy Situation" sold more than a million copies and received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A. in November 1970.

That song was hardly "bottom rung".

Here's more from Wikipedia :

"Earlier, he produced "Backfield In Motion" for Mel And Tim on Bamboo, which climbed to #3 on the R&B chart and reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, following up with "Good Guys Only Win In The Movies" for the duo (#17 R&B, #45 pop). These hits earned him The National Association of Television and Radio Announcers' Producer of the Year Award in 1970, against competition from other nominees, including Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff and Norman Whitfield."

Here's a man who beat out such super producers as Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Norman Whitfield...but he's STILL NOT IN.

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 07.22.13 @ 02:24am


Gene has worked with numerous Rock Hall Inductees in the past... including 3 time inductee Eric Clapton. One good word from him is all that it would take...if others joined him, Gene would be a shoo-in...

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 07.22.13 @ 09:21am


Bill G. you know how it is. Having a high induction chance by FRL voters may actually reduce his chance. You never know how they (actual voters) are thinking & it could be that having 'fanboys' like us love his work drops him down in their eyes.

Hope that's not true. He seems ripe for an Early Influence nod, at least.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 07.22.13 @ 09:23am


Plus people only usually vote on acts they care about or really hate. Only regular visitors like us do otherwise.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 07.22.13 @ 12:37pm


****Gene Chandler: The "Duke of Earl"****
Numerous awards. Some 40 Pop and R&B Chart Hits. One of the few artists in music who can legitimately lay claim to having chart hits during the Doo-Wop, R&B, Soul, and Disco Eras. Owner of 2 music publishing companies. Record label owner and Talent Scout.One of the leading exponents of The Chicago Sound. (The Impressions,The Dells, The Chi-Lites,Jerry Butler, Major Lance, etc.)The man who recorded one of the most iconic tunes of ALL TIME !! Why isn't the "Duke of Earl", Gene Chandler, in the Rock Hall ??

Posted by Bill G on Saturday, 03.29.14 @ 18:35pm


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