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THIS BRIEF PIECE on the Duke of Earl was inspired by an equally brief article on my other site titled “earl earl earl, earl of grey.” That piece is not about a duke duke duke of anything, but about my enjoyment of Tazo’s Earl Grey tea, a beverage I have loathed for decades but—for some inexplicable change in my aging, testosterone-deprived taste buds—I currently crave the stuff!

Gene Chandler’s Duke Of Earl is a rhythm and blues-based pop record recorded in 1961. This wonderful, goofy record came out of nowhere and, despite being a throwback to the recently departed doo-wop sound of the ’50s, took the airwaves by storm.

“The song originated from exercises by the Dukays, an R&B vocal group that included Eugene Dixon and Earl Edwards. The group would regularly warm up by singing Do, do, do, do in different keys. Dixon changed the syllables 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 Dukays. However, the group’s record company (Vee Jay) preferred to release another song [under the groups’ name], leaving Dixon with the offer of releasing it as a solo artist. Dixon changed his name to Gene Chandler and the song was released at the end of 1961, quickly rising to become #1 on both the pop and R&B charts.” (Wikipedia)

Duke Of Earl spent five weeks at #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 but only three weeks at the same position on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1962.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQnfooEED8Y

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As I walk through this world,
nothing can stop the Duke of Earl.
And you are my girl,
and no one can hurt you.

Yes, I’m gonna love you!
Come on let me hold you, darling,
’cause I’m the Duke of Earl.

And when I hold you,
you will be my Duchess, Duchess of Earl.
We’ll walk through my dukedom,
and the paradise we will share.

Yes, I’m gonna love you!
Nothing can stop me now,
’cause I’m the Duke of Earl.

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I’m gonna love you!
Nothing can stop me now,
’cause I’m the Duke of Earl.

The record holds a soft spot in many a heart of those of us who grew up listening to Top 40 radio in the early ’60s. It was also a pivotal influence on Frank Zappa’s many homages to doo-wop music on the early Mothers of Invention albums.

 

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Mr Gene Chandler in his very cool formal attire, because after all, how else should the Duke of Earl be seen by his doting subjects?

 

 

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