Each day leading up to the unveiling of the 2015 Grooveyard Great 88, we’ll share a video of one song that just missed the survey. Hear the full Great 88 on a special five hour edition of “The Grooveyard” on Saturday, December 26 starting at 7 PM. Check out the complete year-end schedule here.
“Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler (1962)
Vee Jay bought the master tapes to Duke of Earl and wanted to release it immediately, but Nat Records did not want the Dukays’ name on the record. The producers then offered Eugene Dixon a choice: Start a solo career with “Duke of Earl” and be replaced as lead singer of the Dukays by a man named Charles Davis, or stay with the Dukays and have Davis start HIS solo career with “Duke of Earl.” Chandler chose option #2 with the blessings of the group.
2014: not on survey, 2013: not on survey, 2012: #16
Come back each day through Christmas as we unwrap another song that just missed the Great 88. You can also check out first round results here.
Join us on “The Grooveyard” for the Great 88 countdown Saturday, December 26 at 7 PM until midnight. Also, we expand to three hours when we move to our new regular time Saturdays at 7 PM on January 2. Listen to us on 88.1 FM on Long Island or by clicking the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org. You can also follow us on Twitter.
Happy holidays from. . .
…Where Oldies Come Alive!