George Duke

Born Jan 12, 1946

George Duke is a multi-faceted American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He has worked with numerous acclaimed artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and professor of music. He first made a name for himself with the album The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on January 12, 1946.


1967 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Duke attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley before earning a bachelor's degree in trombone and composition with a minor in contrabass, from the San Francisco Conservatory in 1967. … Read More
1974 28 Years Old Frank Zappa played guitar solos on Duke's 1974 album, Feel - the instrumental "Old Slippers", and "Love" - credited as Obdewl'l X, possibly due to contractual reasons.
1975 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Duke covered two Zappa-composed songs on his 1975 album, The Aura Will Prevail, - "Uncle Remus" (co-written with Duke) and "Echidna's Arf" - that he had played on while a member of The Mothers on Zappa's albums.


1976 30 Years Old …  They finally put it out as a double album in 1976 together with George's MPS debut "The Inner Source". … Read More
1979 33 Years Old Duke was prominent in the R&B genre, releasing funk-based songs like "Reach for It" and "Dukey Stick". In 1979 he traveled to Rio de Janeiro, where he recorded the album A Brazilian Love Affair, on which he employed singers Flora Purim and Milton Nascimento and percussionist Airto Moreira. … Read More
1980 34 Years Old …  He was known primarily for thirty-odd solo albums, of which 'A Brazilian Love Affair' from 1980 was his most popular, as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa. … Read More


1988 42 Years Old Duke worked as musical director at numerous large-scale musical events, including the Nelson Mandela tribute concert at Wembley Stadium, London in 1988.
1989 43 Years Old In 1989, he temporarily replaced Marcus Miller as musical director of NBC's late-night music performance program Sunday Night during its first season. … Read More


1999 53 Years Old Duke was nominated for a Grammy as Best Contemporary Jazz Performance for After Hours in 1999.


2012 66 Years Old By popular vote, Duke was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at in December 2012.
2013 68 Years Old Duke died August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. … Read More
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