• Dennis McCaslin

TIFS Song of the Day: 'Sweet Baby' - George Duke and Stanley Clarke - 1981

Born on this day in 1946, American musician, composer, singer and producer George Duke is probably the best R& B artist you may have never heard of....

He released over thirty solo albums, of which A Brazilian Love Affair from 1980 was his most popular.

Duke worked with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa and also appeared on Michael Jackson's Off The Wall album.

He died on August 5, 2013 aged 67.

"Sweet Baby" is a song by American musicians George Duke and Stanley Clarke. It was released in 1981 as the first single of their collaborative debut album The Clarke/Duke Project.

Reaching a peak position of number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the single remained on the chart for a total of twenty weeks and was Duke's highest charting single.

On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, "Sweet Baby" reached number six.

The song is also noteworthy for its use of the electric sitar.

In 1999, the song was covered by Filipino singer-producer Martin Nievera. Al Jarreau and Lalah Hathaway covered the song for 2014 tribute album My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke.