George Duke was an accomplished keyboardist, producer, arranger, bandleader and composer. He was successful in both popular music and jazz. Throughout the early 70s, Duke recorded multiple albums and by the late 70s, he was also producing projects for jazz, pop, and Brazilian artists including Raul de Souza, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and A Taste of Honey, whose single “Sukiyaki” hit the top spot on the pop, adult contemporary and R&B charts, and went multi-platinum. Duke became a producer of note, going on to score hits with Jeffrey Osbourne (“Stay with Me Tonight,” “On the Wings of Love”) and Deniece Williams (“Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Do What You Feel”) and worked with countless other artists. A well-known hit is the Clarke/Duke Project recording (with bassist Stanley Clarke) that netted his own number Top 20 crossover hit, “Sweet Baby” (number 19 Pop, number 6 R&B).