George Duke

Solo Artist

Died: 2013-08-05
Age: 67
Cause: Cancer

Veteran jazz, R&B, funk and fusion keyboard virtuoso George Duke has died aged 67, after battling and being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. His latest album, DreamWeaver, was released in July 2013 as a tribute to his wife Corine, who died from cancer in 2012. An accomplished musician across multiple genres, including jazz, funk and R&B, Duke released more than 30 solo albums. He also produced and composed tracks for several musicians, including Miles Davis, Gladys Knight and Anita Baker. Duke met Zappa the same year and worked with him on a series of records, including Chunga's Revenge, 200 Motels and Apostrophe. During a career spanning five decades, Duke composed and produced music for film and was an accomplished music director.

Photo: Bobby Holland

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