A few of you know that Shannon and I were in Deniece Williams’ band back in the early 80s, and were fortunate to sing backing vocals for her hit song “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”. The song was written by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford, and produced by George Duke. It was an illuminating look at a top-notch session in George’s state of the art home studio. I learned so much from those brief studio moments that have served me since; his easy way with people, making us all feel comfortable, guiding the session and keeping the mood light- like the song we were there to record.
George produced Deniece’s next record and she did two of our songs, “Haunting Me” and “Don’t Tell Me We Have Nothing”. He had me bring in my synthesizer, and even though he had the best of everything and was a brilliant player, George urged me to play the parts he liked from the demo- a sweet man, and a thrill for me.
He just recently completed a new album titled DreamWeaver ; a dedication to his wife, who died one year and a day before him.
Thank you George, remembering you fondly
George Duke gave us one of our finest early Los Angeles recording experiences, for which I’m thankful. He made us laugh, was so warm and welcoming of us (at the time) newcomers to LA, masterful at his craft and we kept in touch for a time. Blessings on his sweet smiling soul!!!!
Love to his family, and to GD.