Gene Chandler Booking Agent – Cape Entertainment Agency
Music booking agents for original recording artist Gene Chandler.
Book Gene Chandler and other top celebrity talent from Doo Wop, the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and disco.


Gene "The Duke of Earl" Chandler

From 1962 to 1970, Gene, The DUKE of EARL Chandler put nineteen songs in the top forty, but he will always be know all over the world as the DUKE OF EARL, his first hit that topped the pop and /R & B charts in 1962 and launched his career. The Duke of Earl was released and sold a million copies in a little over a month. It was a huge hit - number 2 for three weeks in 1962. It dethroned The twist from its Number 1 position. Gene began to dress like the... the Duke of Earl. We wore a monocle, cape, top hat and cane. Gene usually ended his concerts with the Duke in full dress, leaving the audience totally wanting more and for the most part he would go back and sing Rainbow, a very successful R&B tune that was again his signature style. Rainbow is the only tune Gene recorded three times, once in 1963 again, in Rainbow Live 1965 with Constellation Records and then finally, Rainbow 80 with ChiSound Records. Simply, all his recordings of Rainbow were a tremendous smash. Rainbow was one of the songs that Curtis Mayfield of the Impressions wrote for Gene. In addition to Rainbow, Curtis wrote a Man's Temptation, which Gene recorded around the same time while under contract with VeeJay. Gene's collaboration with Curtis Mayfield proved to be a match made in heaven. Mayfield's songs made Gene a first-rate ballad singer. These soft, tender, sexy love songs went over well in concert with Gene's falsetto slides sending ripples of excitement through the ladies in his audience.

Gene then signed with Constellation Records in 1964 and ended his tenure at Constellation when they closed in 1966 and Chess Records purchased Gene's songs. Gene's manager, Carl Davis signed him with Brunswick Records at the same time. The two record companies ended up altering Gene's record releases, one new single then a re-release of an older recording. Finally, tired of the road and no viable new hits Gene turned his attention to the business end of the industry. After all his successes, Gene decided to put his energy into producing, arraigning and hyping other acts. Gene formed two music-publishing companies, a production company, and was President of Bamboo Records. Gene's biggest hit at Bamboo was Backfield in Motion by Mel and Tim in 1969. Gene selected this song, cut it and sold a million copies. In 1970 Gene signed with Mercury Records and recorded Groovy Situation. The strength of both of these tunes got him nominated for "Producer of the Year" Award for the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers (NATRA). Gene won the NATRA award in Houston, Texas in August of 1970. He beat Norman Whittfield, producer of the Temptations and Gambel and Huff of the Philadelphia sound for the award, an astounding accomplishment considering the popularity of the Detroit and Philly revolution in that time period. Groovy Situation was a top hit that summer, selling another million.

Gene's disco hits were extremely popular in the UK in the 70s and 80s and Gene collaborated with Reggae star Johnny Nash in London. Get Down, another million-seller absolutely rocked the disco revolution. Gene was with ChiSound Records as Executive Vice-President under the direction of Carl Davis at the same time Get Down was recorded. Back in high demand, Gene ended up back on the road to perform on the concert circuit, with notable Wolfman Jack's Oldies Tour and extensively performing solo in the Northeast, Las Vegas and in California, and of course in Chicago. Today, Gene still lives in Chicago and attributes his success to his faith in God. His romantic performance style along with his superbly rich voice still makes him a hot number and fabulous performer to contend with. He still packs them in decades later ---- Nothing can stop The Duke of Earl, Nothing...and he's doing just fine.



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50s & 60s

? and The Mysterians - The Association - Ben E. King - Bill Medley - Righteous Brothers - B. J. Thomas - Bobby Rydell - Brenda Lee
Brian Hyland - Cathy Jean and The Roommates - The Capris - The Chiffons - Chris Montez - Chubby Checker - The Classics - The Coasters - Connie Francis - The Contours
The Crystals - Danny & The Juniors - Dee Dee Sharp - Dennis Tufano original lead singer of The Buckinghams - Dave Somerville original lead singer of The Diamonds
Dickey Lee - Dion DiMucci - The Drifters - The Duprees - Larry Chance and The Earls - Eddie Holman - Eric Burdon & The Animals - Fabian
Terry Johnson's Flamingos - Frankie Avalon - La La Brooks lead singer of The Crystals - Frankie Ford - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Freddy Cannon -
1910 Fruitgum Company
- Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Gary "US" Bonds - Gene "The Duke of Earl" Chandler - The Happenings - Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Jay Black (The Voice) - Jerry Butler - Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners - Jimmy Clanton - Johnny of Santo & Johnny - Johnny Rivers - Johnny Tillotson
Joey Dee & The Starliters - Jr. Walker's Allstar Band - Kathy Young - Kenny Vance & The Planotones - Lesley Gore - Little Anthony & The Imperials - Little Peggy March
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Merrilee Rush - The Mystics - Lenny Welch - Little Richard - Lou Christie - The Marcels
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - The Marvelettes - Mel Carter - Mitch Ryder - The Orlons - Paul and Paula - Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
Ron Dante of The Archies - Ronnie Spector - Sam Moore of Sam & Dave - Sam the Sham - The Shadows of Knight - Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles
The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards - The Tokens -
Tommy James & The Shondells
- The Turtles - The Tymes - The Vogues

70s & 80s

Air Supply - Ambrosia - America - Anita Ward - A Taste of Honey - Bowzer (formerly of Sha Na Na) - The Chi-lites - The Delfonics
Dionne Warwick - Don McLean - The Dramatics -- Dr. Elmo
Evelyn "Champagne" King - Freda Payne - Gloria Gaynor - J.T. Taylor - Kool and the Gang - KC & The Sunshine Band - Kool and the Gang - The Manhattans
Martha Wash - Marty Balin - Maxine Nightingale - Melanie - O’Jays - Peaches & Herb - Peter Frampton - Poco’s Paul Cotton - The Spinners - The Stylistics - Suzi Quatro
Tavares - Thelma Houston - The Trammps - Village People

Gene Chandler Booking Agent – Cape Entertainment Agency
Music booking agents for original recording artist Gene Chandler.
Book Gene Chandler and other top celebrity talent from Doo Wop, the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and disco.


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