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George Duke (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous acclaimed artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and as a professor of music. He first made a name for himself with the album The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He was known primarily for thirty-odd solo albums as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa. 

Full Name George Duke
Net Worth $500 Thousand
Date Of Birth January 12, 1946
Died 2013-08-05
Place Of Birth San Rafael, California, U.S.
Profession Music Department, Soundtrack, Composer
Education Tamalpais High School, San Francisco State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, No Rhyme, No Reason, Sweet Baby, Reach For It
Nationality American
Spouse Corine Duke
Children Rashid Duke, John Duke, No Rhyme, No Reason, Sweet Baby, Reach For It
Awards Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (, No Rhyme, No Reason, Sweet Baby, Reach For It
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist, No Rhyme, No Reason, Sweet Baby, Reach For It
Movies 200 Motels, Casino Lights ’99, George Duke Band: Live: Tokyo, Japan 1983, Kirk Whalum: The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 2, We Love Ella: A Tribute to the First Lady of Song, The Montreux Dream
1 I really think it’s possible (and still do) to make good music and be commercial at the same time. I believe it is the artist’s responsibility to take the music to the people. Art for art’s sake is nice; but if art doesn’t communicate, then its worth is negated. It has not fulfilled its destiny.
2 [on being told he could study music] I don’t remember it too well, but my mother told me I went crazy. I ran around saying, ‘Get me a piano! Get me a piano!’
1 Resident pianist at the Half Note, 1965-67.
2 Graduated with a Bachelor in Music from San Francisco Conservatory in 1967.
3 Joined Frank Zappa’s group in 1970.
4 He grew up listening to gospel music in the church his family attended.
5 He and wife Corine had two sons, John and Rashid.
6 Cousin of Dianne Reeves.

Music Department

Title Year Status Character
Celebration of Gospel 2003 TV Movie musical director
Malcolm & Eddie 1996-2000 TV Series composer – 89 episodes
The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1998 TV Movie music director
Leap of Faith 1992 music producer: gospel songs and choir
Sunday Night 1989 TV Series musical director – 1 episode
Soul Train 1987-1988 TV Series documentary music producer – 2 episodes
The Heavenly Kid 1985 music producer: songs
200 Motels 1971 music performer: Mothers of Invention


Title Year Status Character
Todd’s Pop Song Reviews 2014 TV Series documentary writer – 1 episode
Footloose 2011 producer: “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 2006 Video Game performer: “Brazilian Sugar” / writer: “Brazilian Sugar”
Never Die Alone 2004 writer: “Cold Wind”
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem 2003 as G. Duke, “Digital Love” / performer: “Digital Love” / writer: “Digital Love”
Bruce Almighty 2003 producer: “Ready for a Miracle”
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball 2003 Video Game performer: “Brazilian Sugar”
Bertelsen – DR2s talkshow 1999 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Cats Don’t Dance 1997 arranger: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” / producer: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”
Bulletproof 1996 writer: “I Wanna Know Your Name”
The Meteor Man 1993 producer: “IS IT JUST TOO MUCH”
Leap of Faith 1992 arranger: “Jesus on the Mainline”, “Pass Me Not” / performer: “Pass Me Not” / producer: “Ready for a Miracle”, “Blessed Assurance”, “Lord Will Make a Way Somehow”, “God Said He Would See You Through”, “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”, “God Will Take Care of You”, “It’s a Highway to Heaven”, “Jesus on the Mainline”, “Pass Me Not”, “Bringing in the Sheaves”, “Psalm 27”, “Amazing Grace”
The Five Heartbeats 1991 producer: “I Love Joey”, “Are You Ready for Me”, “Nothing But Love”, “Baby Stop Running Around”, “A Heart Is a House for Love”, “Nights Like This”, “Down for the Count”, “In the Middle”, “Amazing Grace”
The Magic of David Copperfield 10: The Bermuda Triangle 1988 TV Special producer: “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”
Spaceballs 1987 producer: “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own”
The Magic of David Copperfield IX: The Escape from Alcatraz 1987 TV Special producer: “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”
The Heavenly Kid 1985 “When The Children Make The Mighty Fall” / performer: “Hamburgers” / writer: “The Heavenly Kid Out On The Edge”, “Hamburgers”, “Cruisin’ Tonight”, “Mean To Me”
The Magic of David Copperfield VII: Familiares 1985 TV Special producer: “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”
Summer Lovers 1982 producer: “Summer Lovers”


Title Year Status Character
Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D 2012 Documentary short original score and music
Jacob’s Trouble 2006 Short
The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2005 TV Special
Never Die Alone 2004
Good Fences 2003 TV Movie
Count on Me 1994 TV Movie
A Cool Like That Christmas 1993 TV Movie


Title Year Status Character
Malcolm & Eddie 1996 TV Series Member of Musical Combo
Generations 1989 TV Series Johnny (1989)
200 Motels 1971 Member of Mothers of Invention


Title Year Status Character
Roxy the Movie 2015 Documentary rest in peace


Title Year Status Character
Roxy the Movie 2015 Documentary Himself – Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals
International Jazz Day 2015 Himself
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 TV Movie Himself (In Memoriam) (credit only)
As Written: Jeffery Osborne 2013 TV Movie Himself
Unsung 2009-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story 2011 Documentary Himself
Na plovárne 2010 TV Series Himself
21st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis: Showcase 2006 TV Movie Himself
Barend en Van Dorp 2004 TV Series Himself – Performer
Frank Zappa: Phase II – The Big Note 2002 Documentary Himself
Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
Midnight Mac 1995 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1989-1995 TV Series documentary Guest
Comic Relief VI 1994 TV Special documentary Himself
Miles Davis & Quincy Jones: Live at Montreux 1993 Video Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1993 TV Series Himself
Ein Leben als Extravaganza – Das Genie Frank Zappa 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself – Performer
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1990 TV Series Himself
Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa 1990 TV Movie Himself
Dionne and Friends 1990 TV Series Himself
Sunday Night 1988-1989 TV Series Himself
The True Story of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels 1988 Video documentary Himself
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 TV Special Himself – Performer
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Video from Hell 1985 Video Himself
American Bandstand’s 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 TV Special Himself
The Dub Room Special! 1984 Video Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1982 TV Series Himself
Solid Gold 1981 TV Series Himself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1980 TV Series Himself
Vernissage 1976 TV Series documentary Himself – Musician

Archive Footage

Title Year Status Character
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words 2016 Documentary Himself
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself – Jazz Keyboardist / Producer (In Memoriam)