“Duke of Earl” is a classic soul and doo-wop song that was recorded (and co-written) by Gene Chandler. The lyrics within feature a distinctive spoken introduction that creates a character of regal charm and confidence.

It has been selected (by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) as one of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll”, and in 2002, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

On this very day, March 3rd 1962, it was the #1 song in America, topping Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. If you’d like to have a listen, please feel free to use the provided link. Released as a single (in November 1961), here’s GENE CHANDLER, with “DUKE OF EARL”…