In the late 60's, Bill Fiorio (better known as Dr. Duke Tumatoe) becomes the lead guitar player for REO Speedwagon. The world of rock music, glamour, drugs...it's not his thing. By the end of 1969 he quits the band and starts his own Duke Tumatoe & the All Star Frogs. With this group he tours the American Midwest like a madman for the next thirteen years and manages to become a household name on college campuses and in blues venues.
Duke grew up on Chicago's Southside where his Italian father ran a liquor store just around the corner from Maxwell Street. At the time this was the epic center of the blues. He played with, and learned from, the truly great: Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and J.B. Hutto just to name a few. It wasn't until much later that he realized how privileged he was to work with these people as a young, talented guitar player. To Duke it was his world and he didn't know any better or this was what you did when you make music.