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George Duke Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in San Rafael, California, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (leukemia)
Birth NameGeorge Mac Duke

Mini Bio (1)

George Duke was born on January 12, 1946 in San Rafael, California, USA as George Mac Duke. He is known for his work on Spaceballs (1987), Footloose (2011) and Bulletproof (1996). He was married to Corine Salanga. He died on August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Spouse (1)

Corine Salanga (? - 8 July 2012) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

Cousin of Dianne Reeves.
He and wife Corine had two sons, John and Rashid.
He grew up listening to gospel music in the church his family attended.
Joined Frank Zappa's group in 1970.
Graduated with a Bachelor in Music from San Francisco Conservatory in 1967.
Resident pianist at the Half Note, 1965-67.
Was friends with Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway, and Jeffrey Osborne.

Personal Quotes (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!'
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.

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