Remembering Ed Duncan

1954 - 2022

It is with heavy heart that we share this sad and unexpected news that our friend, partner, leader, mentor, and original founder of ECE, Ed Duncan, has unexpectedly passed away. With over 40 years of experience, Ed made a lifelong career in the entertainment business and helped bring a tremendous amount of success to our company, making ECE what it is today. His love for music and entrepreneurial spirit helped him build a successful foundation that we know will continue to help shape the future of ECE for years to come.

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Was so sorry to hear the news of Ed’s passing. Worked with him in this business pretty much since I started almost 40 years ago. Always loved talking to him. Calls were always upbeat and funny. Ed had a great sense of humor and I will miss these calls. Keeping his family in my prayers. ~ Kent Martin

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ed. He was always kind and generous to us. Prayers and love to the family during this time of grief. ~ Dave Barstow

My band mates and I are heartbroken to know Ed is no longer with us. Ed, thank you for giving our band a shot and for your guidance and friendship. We pray that you Rest In Peace and hope you are already organizing entertainment up in heaven. We extend our love and prayers to your family. Thanks Ed for all. Until we meet again. ~ Erie Rodriguez (30Vice)

Ed gave me a chance by signing my band in the late 90s and ever since I always had incredible respect for him. The music industry, particularly the North Carolina music industry, has lost a wonderful leader. I wish his family as much peace as possible at a time like this. ~ Dave Rose

Quick Ed story: One of my vocalists, a single Mom, had to show up to our show in Charlotte (we’re from Charlottesville) with her two very young daughters. I called Ed for babysitting references, he insisted that we bring the girls to his home where he and his wife took spectacular care of them. Must be 10+ years ago. I’ll always remember. ~ Ray Caddell

Heartbroken over this loss. Ed was someone who made you feel better simply by being in his presence. He had a joy that spilled over onto anyone he was near…it was contagious. And like someone above said, he made you feel like you were the only one in the room. Such a special person and I’m so grateful I had the chance to know him. ~ Meghan Shanley

As a former EC Artist, I am very saddened. My condolences to the ECE family and Ed’s family and friends. ~ Bobby Messano

Rest well buddy. Booked many times by himself and Steve Harry. I think ECE proceeds Hit Attractions. ~ Craig Stripling

Worked with Ed many times long ago. RIP Ed, you will be greatly missed. ~ David Barstow

My heart aches after hearing this! Ed was a special person! He saw potential in us and delivered more than he ever promised. He will surely be missed!! My heart goes out to his family and other friends!!      ~ Jeremy Blalock

I’ll never forget his big, beautiful smile or the way he made you feel like you were the only person in the room when he spoke to you. Praying for his family. ~ Leslie Pugh

My mentor, business partner, dear friend and the big brother that I never had. Ed signed Cream of Soul to ECE back in 1989 and then hired me in 1996 and we opened the Raleigh/ECE office in January of 1997 together. A true pioneer in our industry. I miss him. He will be missed by so many. Love you my friend! ~ Barry Herndon

Dang! That’s awful. Ed represented a lot of and did a lot for our industry. Prayers for his family and friends. ~ Jeff Hinson

Having met just a few times in person, Ed was a class act in the entertainment and events industry, he served as our agent, along with JR at our club on Topsail Island in the late 80’s-early 90’s. Prayers for peace and comfort for his family and closest friends! ~ Wes Tilghman

Very sad news! What a significant contribution he made to the industry and our state! Cream of Soul and EC changed the fabric of entertainment and many a NC residents lives over the years. Your teams dedication and vision has fed families, made families, entertained millions and fed the dreams countless folks just when they needed it most. I remember seeing Ed around in the early days in Raleighwood. Had a crush actually. That is until i met my Ronnie at a Cream of Soul concert on NYE @ Lake Boone Country club in 1994. History made! My prayers are with you, the Duncan EC and families as you morn this unexpected loss. Hold on to that legacy and good memories. We’ll be thinking of you! ~ Kati Baker Hobson

Wow, I first met Ed in the late 70’s. He was with John Roth straight out of college trying to find there way. Bo Schronce I think helped them start with Fisher and Assoc. and later with Stallings Entertainment. Ed wound up at East Coast and stayed there until now. I’m sure he will be missed in the entertainment industry. Definitely one of the agents you could trust… ~ Dino Fair

Though I was only the bus driver (The Embers) when I met Ed, he treated me and had conversations with me like I owned the band. RIP my friend the world lost a first class guy…. ~ Gaylon Pope

Worked with Ed while playing with The Fantastic Shuffle Band 86-92. He will be missed. ~ Benjie Weaver

I will miss my friend and partner of over 40 years! Ed was the single most creative partner I had, one who was willing to take chances with me, one who always had my back, one who cared deeply about others, one who disagreed with me at times, but who always showed respect, one who did not seek the headlines, but one who was willing to do the hard work necessary, and most importantly, one who loved his friends and family without conditions. May his memory be a blessing to all who were lucky to know Ed ! I love you, my friend. ~ Larry Farber

So very sorry to hear this news. Ed was a pleasure to be around, and I loved watching him give JR a hard time. Rest in peace my friend. ~ Bob Percival

I’m so heartbroken over this news. He was such a wonderful man and you two and Chris McClure were my FAVORITE people to work with when we did AA5. ~ Deb Hall Weaver

Love this tribute to Ed. Those photos are classic! I am so blessed to have known and worked with Ed for most of those 40 years. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.  ~ Bob Craig

I’m so sorry to learn this and send heartfelt condolences to all who knew and loved Ed Duncan. It was always a pleasure to encounter Ed. He will be greatly missed by many. ~ Bruce Hensley

Condolences to Ed’s friends and family. I remember Ed and his enthusiasm for this market. He was most definitely a go-getter. Fly high, Ed. ~ Dianne Stallings

Many, many gigs thanks to Ed! For years, I’ll always called him “Fred”… were one of a kind, Ed! An institution in yourself! Will be missed by so many people! R. I. P. Ed “Fred” Duncan…! ~ Rick Murray

My memories at ECE are so tied to the two of you. We lost a piece of history and will always remember him fondly. ~ Colby Sherwood Bell

Will miss my dear friend Ed. It was always the 3 Musketeers…Larry, JR & Ed…The Greeks have a sentiment…May his memory be eternal.. Rest in peace dear Ed… ~ Denise Fellos

Really sorry to hear this. Like you Larry, Ed helped us feed our families. Great man. ~ Tim Smith

I’m sorry to hear this Larry, Ed was the “good” one. We all will miss him. Love to his family. ~ Mike Russell

I’m so so sorry Larry Farber. He was an awesome guy in so many ways. ~ Nathan Hoffman

Ed hired me, I would not be in this business today if he (and Larry) didn’t take a chance on a guy that just wanted to be around music. Rest In Peace. ~ Chris McClure

We send our condolences and prayers. Ed was our RA for a number of years prayers for the ECE family and Ed’s family at this difficult time. ~ Viola Williams (On behalf of The Voltage Brothers)

Such a legacy of providing opportunities and touching the dreams of so many. Now he leaves the staff who carry on to honor his efforts. Life is meant to be worthy, enjoyed, and worthwhile and these pics are evidence of that accomplishment. ~ Loyd Pennington

On behalf of the Liquid Pleasure Band members, we wish to extend our condolence to his family as well as the entire ECE company. He was truly a great guy and he will be missed. We truly appreciate all the work and effort he provided to the Liquid Pleasure Band. May he rest in peace. ~ Tony Springs

Ed was a pioneer in the ECE Charlotte office recruiting, hiring, mentoring many of the most successful agents and bands in the business. I was always proud to call him Partner. I will miss his kind smile. RIP my friend. ~ Lee Moore

We offer our condolences to Ed’s family and to those who worked with him on a daily basis. May God grant you comfort during this tragic time. Ed was always kind and engaging to me. He was professional, open, and offered helpful insight to help us build our brand. I am grateful to have associated with him. He will be missed. ~ Wade Durham III

Ed introduced me to the “Mongolian BBQ” 20 or so years ago when I came to ECE in Richmond for a few days of training before I became an agent in Columbia. He hung with me the whole time. I remember having a huge amount of respect for him right away. My condolences to the Dunkin and ECE families. RIP Ed! ~ Tony Signorino

They gave me a chance with interning!! Ed was one of a kind!! ~Jennifer McKinzie

Oh man! Thank you for sharing! Such a great guy. He taught me so much behind the scenes and gave me great insight as well. ~ Dave Corcoran

A tremendous loss. I always enjoyed working with Ed. My condolences to Ed’s family and all who worked with him at ECE. ~ Frank Anthony Adams

So so sorry to hear. Ed and Larry and JR were a group in the old days. ~ Stan Howey

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