Duke Weiss


Duke Weiss

Lil Daddy Duke, The Duke of BEAT Music History, is from a large family of cousins named Duke and all somehow garage musicologists. Our Duke was born in Culver City, CA long long ago. Lil Daddy has spent the last thirty years studying post-war Blues, East and West Coast Jazz, Hard Bop, Lounge, Surf, Novelty, Latin, Ska and early Hawaiian Steel Guitar music. Duke has gone far and wide for his research, and too often boasts of visiting record stores in all 50 states (Hawaii six times) and in some 32 countries. Duke has personally seen or touched over a gazillion record albums and has listened to over 150,000 different 45s. His archives are literally GONESVILLE. For instance, he has over 50 versions of “ Take Five” and over 100 versions of 50’s Beatnik inspired TV Show Theme “Peter Gunn.” He appeared on a weekly show on KCRW as the Duke of the Blue Sound and has long been a guest of local southern California radio stations, KXLU, KPFK and of recent on the internet, on Luxuria Music. He has done shows on subjects as divergent as the music of the Beatniks, the Twist, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Preston “Mr. Bongo” Epps and Dick Dale. He once did a three-hour show with just Instructional records. Over the past year, LDD, has spent numerous hours finding EVERYTHING COOL, culling rare LPs and archival photos and film footage. At this year’s TKO, he will present a one–of-a-kind fascinating show of his findings, called Dig It, On the Road to Beat Tiki. Duke’s latest challenge will be to set the new captive audience record of showing the most consecutive album covers that include Swingin/g in the title, not to be missed! When not obsessively searching for music, Duke teaches LAUSD high school students with multiple handicaps the disciplines of how to run a business, by selling records on EBAY under the seller name, wetrade-e-trade. Please support them.

To find out more about Duke, drop him an email at jweis1@lausd.net