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The Life of a Black Entertainer in Europe - George Chandler

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George Chandler is an African American entertainer who built a successful career in the music industry while living in Italy and England.  He was born in Atlanta Georgia and spent a lot of time listening to the radio and dreaming of the day when he would be like his idol Sam Cooke.  His first recollection of being introduced to music was in kindergarten when he was part of the school band.  "Even with cymbals and drums blaring and tambourines shaking along with little voices blasting in a monotone sound...I kniew this was for me," says George.  

In the late 50's, he met a group of young fellows and they formed a singing group and performed on a weekly radio show.  Things were going great until he was relocated to Indianapolis and soon thereafter got a letter from Uncle Sam.  In 1965, he was drafted into the Army and after training at Ft. Knox, KY he was shipped off to Italy...and his professional music life took root.

After searching for other singers at the base in Vicenza, Italy he found just the right combination and founded the group named The Four Kents.  In 1967, the group got the attention of RCA and landed a contract with their Italian division and, as they say, the rest is history for George.  He went on to write and perform on many different recordings and with many groups and other artists.  So much so that he earned several gold and plainum awards for his music and achieved worldwide recognition.

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