|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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 Dont Care Anymore and To The Other Woman (Im The Other Woman) (1970), the latter reaching number 7 in the R&B charts. In spite of an excellent album, Im 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.