George Duke

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Birthday
12, 1946
Birthplace
San Rafael, CA
Death Date
Aug 5, 2013 (67)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
12, 1946
Birthplace
San Rafael, CA
Death Date
Aug 5, 2013 (67)

About

Jazz fusion pioneer who wowed audiences with 'The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio,' an early fusion jazz album. He and Frank Zappa were longtime collaborators.

Before Fame

He earned a degree in composition from San Francisco Conservatory in 1967.

Trivia

He became a member of the SoulMusic Hall of Fame in December 2012.

Family Life

He was married to his wife Corine for 40 years, until she died from complications due to cancer in 2012. He would die from chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2013. They had two sons, Rashid and John.

Associated With

He provided original compositions for Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" album.