- Sight & Sound
August 6th, 2013
Jazz icon, synthesizer pioneer, composer and record producer George Duke has passed away at age 67. With a career spanning 5 decades, Duke's influence and creative spirit can be found across multiple genres.
In the mid-60's, Duke worked as a member of Frank Zappa's Band. In the 70's and 80's, he put out a number of notable jazz-fusion releases and even worked as a record producer for the likes of Gladys Knight and Miles Davis. Today, you can even hear his music sampled in tracks from Kanye West and Daft Punk.
George Duke's impact on popular culture will be felt long after his passing. He will be be greatly missed and fondly remembered.