Found this on the interwebs- the story from Joey's brother Mickey Leigh:
"One day we drove out to a little studio in Long Island to record a song I know Joey had been dreaming about since we were little kids, Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl.” He asked me to play guitar on it. The legendary ‘60s Brooklyn doo-wop band, The Mystics, backed us up. My brother’s love for the song, as well as the music of that era, poured out in his vocal. I love his version, and listen to it often."
(this is from the cassette i walked out of the studio with that day. The producer with the multi-track said it was lost, so that crappy little cassette could be the only copy in existence or, known existence.)
Joey Ramone: Duke Of Earl