Becky Dukes is an American composer and singer, and has composed over a hundred pieces of music, both for the piano and with lyrics. Her collection consists of press materials, compact discs, and 36 photocopied scores.
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Becky Dukes was born in 1934 in Durham, North Carolina. She earned a BA from Duke University where she studied with Todd Duncan. Until 1982, her performances were mostly in classical and religious settings, but Dukes evolved into a successful pop and easy-listening songwriter later in her life. Dukes has performed with ensembles such as the Prince George's Philharmonic and US Navy Band, and she has performed in a variety of clubs and hotels. Her albums include Alive (1992), Rainbow (1994),Borrow the Sun (1995), and Almost Country (1999).
Dukes has won awards from ASCAP Awards for Pop Writing, Midatlantic Song Contest, American Women Composers' Song Contest, and the Billboard Award (for "For the Children of the World"). Dukes lives in Hyattsville, Maryland.
This collection is arranged into three series:
Gift of Becky Dukes in April 2012, with an accrual in May 2012.