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.
In 1983 he decides to settle down somewhat. He abandons the Alls Star Frogs and starts the Power Trio. He works with people like B.B. King, The Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, The Fabulous Thunderbirds en John Fogerty. Fogerty is so impressed with the band that he offers to be the producer for the band's albums.
Now, 12 albums later, Duke still travels 50,000 miles/year across the American continent to play his 200 shows.
On the week days, they act as house band for the popular "Bob & Tom Show", a daily radio comedy show which is broadcasted nationwide. Humor plays an important role in Duke's shows, who always manages to entertain the crowd with more than just music. Songs like "Tie You Up", "I Don't Drink Too Much (You Don't Drink Enough)" and "My Baby is a Nudist" are a dead giveaway that his lyrics are somewhat tongue in cheek. His music is definitely not. Dr. Duke Tumatoe is a well kept secret within Chicago blues circles.
Dr. Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio is top entertainment and top quality. Some of the best blues you will ever hear and some of the best times you will ever have at a a live concert.