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Duane Hitchings~Grammy Award Winning Songwriter / Bio

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM Duane's Website on Reverbnation and also UTUBE video ~ #1 in Europe and world ~ Duane has a new hit recording out "Don't Look Any Further" ( Electronic Dance Music (EDM) performed and remixed by a group in Europe named "The Writers Block" and remixed by a DJ named "Wankelmut". In two weeks into has gone from #19 to #1 on the dance charts in parts of Europe and will soon be a number #1 on the regular charts as a hit. That is the way it works in Europe. EDM DJs don't pay America payola or give up their publishing ~ they don't have too !! ------- BIO: Duane started electronic music in 1968 at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. Bob Moog was our tech because he could not afford one yet - second BIG Moog sold. Great guy ! Duane tried to do mix of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" he co-wrote with Rod Stewart in 1998. It was a big hit with small station in LA. "EDM Songs", as they said, were too long by the BIG station that owned the MORE popular little station that was playing "rave and other original music" ! Moby just started touring. Duane is SO FREAKING happy about Electronica, EDM FINALLY breaking through !! He started up again a year and a half ago and is getting hooked back up. Let there be music with out prejudice !!!

Grammy Award winning songwriter and concert/studio keyboard player. Classically trained on piano since 5. Brought up on a farm outside Syracuse , New York. Played in country and rock bands since 1957. Played on hit record "Heart And Soul" 1959 at age 16. Toured with Dick Clark tours (Del Shannon, Bobby Vinton etc.). San Francisco and Philadelphia Conservatories of Music and Syracuse University majoring in piano, composition and electronic music . Studied with Oscar Peterson, the great jazz pianist. Recorded/played in 60s and early 70's - Original member of Buddy Miles Express (Electric Flag) - ( introduced to Buddy Miles by the great white blues guitar player, Michael Bloomfield. Played/recorded with Jimmy Hendrix ( wonderful soul), Janis Joplin, Jeff Beck, Etta James, Miles Davis etc. Member of rock group- Cactus with Carmine Appice and Tim Bogart - 70's then Cactus II and Thee Image with Mike Pinera. Duane went on to play with and wrote for Alice Cooper. He was a member of Alice's band. Duane stated he was a great guy and had a blast ! -------------------------- Grammy for the ballade , “I’ll Be Here Were The Heart Is” with Kim Carnes ( also singing , of course) and Craig Krampf for movie Flashdance. ------ He co-wrote and played on "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy with Rod Stewart" ( though he did not get listed credit for a long time-clerical error – finally listed now as a co-writer ) , "Young Turks", "Infatuation" and "Crazy Bout Her". Rod and Jeff Beck, Duane recorded for the hit track/video of "People Get Ready". Co-wrote songs for the movies, Rock IV, Bring Down The House ( Steve Martin and Queen Latifah ), Iron Eagle etc. He also had hits/songs with Heart, Steve Perry, Pat Benetar, Kim Carnes, Michael Bolton , Eddie Money, Eric Carmen, etc. Duane co-wrote "Don't Look Any Further" with Frannie Golde and Dennis Lambert. Had over 150 covers , his bass line/chords that has ended up on a lot of rap/hip-hop hits - TLC, Tupac, Notorious Big, Prince, Snoop Dog etc. Written with Pam Tillis in the past and wrote a song with Kostas which was the title track for David Frizzell's last album. Also in the past. played keys on the last Runaway's album, the first all girl rock band from the 70s. Discovered a band called City Kidd-became the huge group, Tesla. ---------------- . Duane is currently working on his first Trance/House/Electro etc. collection of music like “a driven man” as he states - “for it is the future”. He meant Bob Moog, inventor of the modern synth ) in 1967 at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music ( first BIG Moog sold to a music school.) It was so new , Bob Moog could not afford a service man yet ! He has pieces of his work on the Reverbnation music player but states a few are a bit dated but will have some of it’s originality in his new stuff he he will be posting this spring (2016). Duane lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee in the Nashville area with his wife and partner, Connie. -------------------------------------------------------------

EXTRA STUFF : Duane has visited England, China and Russia as Ambassador of the Arts in three separate trips representing the United States. He has been a fireman-engineer/ medical 1st responder and was Engine Captain of the Number One Volunteer Fire and Rescue Fire Department of Sumner County, TN , also was Flotilla Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, founding member of Homeland Security and is now an active member of the Tennessee State Guard ( the Army Auxiliary of the Tennessee National Guard - State Militia mentioned in the Constitution ) - HQ Co, Nashville, TN. The TN State Guard are all retired military from Sgts to Generals - from all the branches of the US military. --------------- Duane has been studying the Bible in Greek and Hebrew , a passion of his - looking for the real Truth. He is sponsored by Yamaha ( Yamaha TYROS ) and has a custom digital recording studio on board his boat. MacBook Pro - Logic Pro X 10.2.2 , FULL of plugins (of course) /Ableton Live with "various keyboards" and pro DJ setup.On the “other side” is a Dell Computer – Nuendo/Acid Pro.
Email – Captainhit@Comcast.net
Website: www.reverbnation.com/duanehitchings - Songwriter of a majority of popular genres ( very recent NEW Country), DJ/composer of EDM and lifetime trained multi-instrumentalist.

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Me, MacBookPro / Logic9 /Ableton LIve / AKAI APC40 / Novation Launchkey - Dell with Nuendo/Acid Pro - Great Band ! & everything else that goes around and around
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Duane Hitchings~Grammy Award Winning Songwriter
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Singer Songwriter / EDMDance/Modern Country / HITS !

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Hendersonville, TN
Hitchings Productions

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