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Veteran Musician George Duke Dies

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george_duke_radio6Radio Facts is sorry to report that vet musician George Duke died last night on August 5. No word yet on what happened but we will keep you posted. Duke just completed an album and was in the process of promoting it after losing his wife and falling into a depression just a year ago. Former Supreme’s member Sherrie Payne states: “I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A.  It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.” UPDATE: Radio Facts talked to one of Duke’s closest friends Vic McLean about his life, current state and legacy here.


Sam McNally August 6, 2013 at 4:09 am

So very great a keyboard-ist, musician, composer, producer, collaborator, band-leader and side-man ….. one of the very greatest of the “Jazz Fusion” pioneers of the ear;y 70’s alongside Josef Zawinul, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock …… very difficult to put a limit on his greatness. Also a very much loved individual.

Dez Cadena August 6, 2013 at 5:05 am

I am a musician who has appreciated George Duke for most of my life.I wish to send my condolences to his family.I first became aware of him ,through his works with Zappa .Frank just about put George in charge of that band back in the early 70’s.Arguably one of the best bands ever to play.He seemed like a kind ,gentle,and inspiring soul.( and lots of it). Bless you George ,and yours.Dez Cadena

joshua August 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

may his soul rest in peace

DrBB August 6, 2013 at 6:42 am

Saw him many times with FZ back when, and followed his solo albums. A brilliant player who conveyed SUCH a joyful spirit through his music.


Letitia Hall August 6, 2013 at 7:05 am

Rasheed , John I’m so truly sorry for your lost keep you in my prayers I’m really a fan of your father’s musical talents so we’ve lost a great one

So sorry for your loss

Letitia Hall

Michal Serbin August 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

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Lorne Fynn August 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

What a catastrophic losss… to the senses!!!

Bill Hubbard August 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

We lost a true innovator in the world of jazz, R/B, and funk/fusion…One of the best of this generation….may he rest peacefully…….

GED August 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

Through the years my husband and I enjoyed George Duke’s appearance as much as we could each time he came to Cleveland,OH he never disappointed. My condolences to his family, my thanks to God for blessing us all with such a beautiful and talented man. The jazz world has truely lost a great one. Your ancestors welcome you. RIP

blake August 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Gone too soon. I’m still trying to make up mind if this is real or not. So shocking so sad.

Dale Jones August 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I never met Mr. Duke, I only knew him through his music. From this I can say that he was a dear friend because he gave me smiles when life gave me frowns. I will never miss him because he left his music with me, which is an extension of himself. George Duke has not gone anywhere, he just took of that old coat of skin. Now the real life begins!

rosalyn toribio August 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

shine on i love this song , thanks george duke may u rest in peace.

Ray Craus August 7, 2013 at 1:17 am

Listen now to his – feel- album ! Let us be grateful that we had that nice guy as a fantastic keyboard-player! r.i.p. George

Kevin K Dugan August 8, 2013 at 7:21 am

I did 3 albums and tours with The George Duke Band in the seventies.
I actually have a credit on one album, as The Keeper of The Dukie Stick, a stage wand prop! Met many great musicians through that gig, including the best Drummer of all Time,, Leon NDUGU Chancler.
RIP George!!!
Kevin K Dugan

John Hairston August 13, 2013 at 5:30 am

George Duke was a great musician and he was also my personal friend. He was very encouraging when I was getting my online radio station (www.1067thebridge.com) going. He did some promo drops for my station and I even used his voice in my TV spot that’s coming out in Sept. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ib-GE5C8Ag) He told me about his new CD called Dreamweaver and he never let on that he was battling cancer. I was so sad to learn of his passing. He had such a warm and down to earth personality. The world really has lost a great man. R.I.P. my friend.

John Hairston August 13, 2013 at 6:14 am

George Duke was a great musician and an even greater person!! Thank you for the great music and memories. I’m lucky to have been able to know you and call you a friend. Rest in eternal peace Sir!!


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