Follow the Rainbow

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Follow the Rainbow
Studio album by
ProducerGeorge Duke
George Duke chronology
Don't Let Go
Follow the Rainbow
Master of the Game
Singles from Follow the Rainbow
  1. "Party Down"
    Released: 1979
  2. "Say That You Will / I Am for Real (May the Funk Be with You)"
    Released: 1979
  3. "Pluck"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores

Follow the Rainbow is the thirteenth studio album by American keyboardist George Duke released in 1979 through Epic Records.[2] The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart and No. 17 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.[3][4]


Follow the Rainbow was produced by George Duke. Recording sessions for the album took place at Westlake Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, except for track 8, "Corine", which was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.[2]

Duke played various keyboard instruments on Follow the Rainbow, including Fender Rhodes, Yamaha Electric Grand, Yamaha Grand Piano 9', Hohner D-6 clavinet, ARP Odyssey, Minimoog, Oberheim, Prophet, Funkosizer, Crumer Strings. The album features contributions from Napoleon Murphy Brock & Lynn Davis on vocals, Roland Bautista & Charles "Icarus" Johnson on guitars, Ricky Lawson & Leon Chancler on drums, Larry Williams, Jerry Hey and Sheila Escovedo among others.[2]


"Say That You Will" reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Follow the Rainbow track listing[2]
1."Party Down"3:10
2."Say That You Will"George Duke3:06
3."Funkin' for the Thrill"Byron Miller4:02
4."Sunrise"George Duke4:45
5."Festival"George Duke6:41
6."I Am for Real (May the Funk Be with You)" (featuring Children of Distinction)George Duke5:21
7."Straight from the Heart"George Duke3:53
8."Corine"George Duke6:02
9."Pluck"George Duke4:48
10."Follow the Rainbow"George Duke1:24
Total length:43:11



  • George Duke – producer
  • Kerry McNabb – recording (1-7, 9, 10), mixing
  • David Palmer – recording (8)
  • Dave Rideau – assistant engineer
  • John Golden – mastering at Kendun Recorders (Burbank, California)
  • Tony Lane – art direction
  • Tom Drennon – design
  • John Laven – illustration
  • Bruce Talamon – photography[2]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
US Top LPs & Tape 56
US Top Jazz LPs[3] 3
US Top Soul LPs[4] 17


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Follow the Rainbow – George Duke". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f George Duke: Follow the Rainbow. Epic Records. 1979.
  3. ^ a b "Billboard's Best Selling Jazz LPs" (PDF). American Radio History. Vol. 91, no. 14. Billboard. April 7, 1979. p. 50.
  4. ^ a b "George Duke Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "George Duke - Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2023-07-09.