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Kevin Brook

jazz and popular music producer, composer, keyboardist, and singer, was born in San Rafael, California to Thaddeus “Jim” Duke, a shipyard worker, and Beatrice Burrell Duke. He began practicing the piano at the age of seven under the tutelage of Wyna Barron. The gospel music he heard at his Baptist church was a pivotal influence. His love of music, particularly jazz, carried through his teenage years and in 1967 he earned a bachelor of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

In 1965 Duke and the singer Al Jarreau began to perform together at the Half Note Club in San Francisco This was the start of a long term musical partnership that led Duke to produce for and tour with Jarreau in later decades Duke also began to perform with other instrumentalists at the club forming the George Duke Trio with bassist John ...


Rob Bowman

(b Covington, TN, Aug 20, 1942; d Memphis, Aug 10, 2008). American soul singer, keyboard player, songwriter and producer. He first recorded for the Memphis-based Youngstown label in 1962. In the first half of the 1960s Hayes also wrote songs and played sessions for the Goldwax and Phillips labels in Memphis, backing singers such as Jeb Stuart, Dorothy Williams and Spencer Wiggins. As a member of the saxophonist Floyd Newman's band, he eventually found his way into Stax where he co-wrote one side and played on both sides of Newman's solitary single in 1963. Hayes was then hired for a variety of Stax sessions to replace the keyboard player Booker T. Jones while Jones was at college. Soon thereafter Hayes began helping with arrangements and by 1965 had formed a songwriting partnership with lyricist David Porter Hayes and Porter ...


Jason Miller

musician, singer, and actor. Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee, a tiny town in the westernmost part of the state, to Isaac Hayes and Eula Hayes, who were sharecroppers. Hayes's parents died when he was very young, and he and his sister Willette were raised by their mother's parents, Willie and Rushia Addie-Mae Wade. Hayes spent much of his early childhood in the cotton fields of Covington, and it was in Covington too that he made his musical debut, singing one Sunday at a church service. Two years later, when Hayes was seven, the family moved to Memphis in search of better jobs and higher wages.

Despite the family s optimism difficult times lay ahead Willie Wade took work in a factory but a few years later he fell ill and died Hayes was forced to take whatever odd jobs he could find to help ...