Following the departure of Junior Mince and Andy Gutman, The Dukes of Soul reformed with a new guitar player, Scott Ellison, an absolute burner from Tulsa, OK. We found the incredible voice of Rudy Luv through his cousin Tony Mathews, an awesome blues guitarist and singer who had subbed for us on a lot of Junior Mince gigs. The Dukes of Soul went into the studio and cut some original tracks that reflected well on all of us. The track auto-playing here "Made of Soul" became something of a theme song for us. The solo section in the middle where Scotty trades fours with tenor sax player Earl Mallory is a blast. "Kool Earl" as we called him, played on many gigs with the band. The next cut, "Be Real" was recorded in the same session. Not pictured here are our drummer Kai Ballard, and tenor sax player Earl Mallory who couldn't make the shoot that day.
L - R Virgil Angel, Wayne Osborne, Julius Dawson, Ron Wilkerson, Rudy Love, Scott Ellison
I wanted to post this song that our band (the Dukes of Soul) recorded years ago with a great singer -- Rudy Love. To make the video I needed some pictures of Rudy, and searched the web only to find that he passed away in October 2021. So now I’m posting this song in his memory. We had done a previous version of "Made of Soul" with vocals by Junior Mince (Tom Mosley Jr.) and a new guitar player, Scott Ellison, an absolute burner from Tulsa, OK. The recording quality was good, but not great (it's also on my Ron Wilkerson page on YouTube). When Junior left the band we reformed the Dukes of Soul with the incredible voice of Rudy Love. I thought the band had a lot of promise so we went into the studio and cut four original tracks that reflected well on all of us – with even better recording quality. One track I wrote, "Made of Soul," became something of a theme song for us. The solo section in the middle where Scotty trades fours with tenor sax player Earl Mallory is a blast. Rudy sang on most of our gigs during 1989, and I played on a few gigs with his own band. I wish I had done more with these recordings (I only sent it to one producer, a pass), but it was during a time when I my career as a screenwriter was taking off and, as a band, we went our separate ways later that year. Oh well, regrets. At least I can share Rudy’s (and the band’s) performance now. I’ll post more recordings from this session in time. The videos are from a gig we did with the Dukes a year previously at the LA County Fair.