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Gene Chandler's Monkey Time

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Album Review

This two-fer features a pair of albums from Gene Chandler's 1978-1980 stint with 20th Century Fox on one CD. The selections are topped by the infectious "Does She Have a Friend for Me?," which hit but should have hit bigger, the moving ballad "I've Got to Meet You," the disco-ish "All About the Paper," and updates of two of his most popular ballads, "God Bless Our Love" and (for the umpteenth time) "Rainbow." Chandler's biggest 20th Century hit, "Get Down," was on his first 20th Century album and didn't make this sweet 16.


Born: 06 July 1937 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Gene Chandler is remembered by the rock & roll audience almost solely for the classic novelty and doo wop-tinged soul ballad "Duke of Earl"; the unforgettable opening chant of the title leading the way, the song was a number one hit in 1962. He's esteemed by soul fans as one of the leading exponents of the '60s Chicago soul scene, along with Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler. Born Eugene Dixon, he was a member of the doo wop group the Dukays and "Duke of Earl" was actually a Dukays recording;...
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