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Duane Spencer started playing music at the age of 3, when his grandfather Ward Duane taught him the song “My Gal’s a Corker” on the ukulele. At age 10 he began playing drums, continuing through Junior High and High School, participating as a member of the Concert Band, Marching Band, Dance Band, and Orchestra. At 17 he landed a position playing behind Van Morrison during his “Brown-Eyed Girl” era, continuing on to record several commercial product jingles. And he can sing, with an instinctive knack for harmony, and ability to hit some falsetto notes that can shatter a wine glass.
Throughout the 1970’s Duane was a member of the legendary Martha's Vineyard acoustic band Mr. Timothy Charles Duane (aka TCD), playing ukulele, guitar, drums and percussion, clarinet, trombone, and violin. In the 1980’s he toured the Northeast as the drummer in the soul-calypso (soca) group Target Rhythm Band.
During his career Duane has played, recorded, and collaborated with a long and varied list of artists, including Van Morrison, Fred Lipsius, Roly Salley, Richard Bell, Clark Pierson, John Hall, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Kate Taylor, Maria Muldaur, Bobby Cochran, and Mark Volman.
He has written songs of many genres, from alternative to folk to rock. His catalog has been used on compilation releases, documentary films, and promotional presentations. He co-wrote the lullaby "Jason & Ida" with Columbia artist Kate Taylor (featuring James Taylor on guitar and vocals, Carly Simon on vocals, Will Lee on bass, and Don Grolnick on piano) for her 2nd album titled "Kate Taylor”.
Duane now lives in Nashville, holding the distinction of being the only drummer in Music City that plays a Cocktail Kit. He has played at many of the most prestigious venues in town, including the Bluebird Café, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Douglas Corner, The Commodore Grill, and the Nashville City Club. His ultimate passion lies in the music that he shares with Paulette Licitra, writing, recording, and performing together as Duette. (DuetteNashville.com)