Doris Duke

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Doris Curry, 1945, Sandersville, Florida, USA. Duke emerged from a variety of gospel groups including the Raspberry Singers (which included Chuck Jackson), the David Sisters, the Evangelistic Gospel Singers and the Caravans. Between 1963 and 1967, Duke worked as a New York session singer, before recording a solo single under the name Doris Willingham. In 1968 she toured Europe with Nina Simone and subsequently came under the aegis of producer Swamp Dogg. Several superb records followed including ‘I Don’t Care Anymore’ and ‘To The Other Woman (I’m The Other Woman)’ (1970), the latter reaching number 7 in the R&B charts. In spite of an excellent album, I’m A Loser (featuring Duane Allman on rhythm guitar), Duke failed to achieve mainstream success and her recording career faltered in the latter half of the 70s. Duke briefly re-emerged in 1981 with a new album, Funky Fox.

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