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- DescriptionMay 1961, and one tune was sitting pretty atop both the R&B and pop charts: Mother-in-Law became the first hit by a New Orleans artist to rule black and white airwaves alike. Ernie K-Doe was only twenty-five years old, and his reign was just beginning. Born in New Orleans's Charity Hospital, K-Doe came of age in a still-segregated South. He built his musical chops singing gospel in church, graduating to late-night gigs on the city's backstreets. He practiced self-projection, reinvention, shedding his surname, Kador, for the radio-friendly tag K-Doe. He coined his own dialect, heavy on hyperbole, and created his own pantheon, placing himself front and centre: There have only been five great singers of rhythm & blues - Ernie K-Doe, James Brown, and Ernie K-Doe! Decades after releasing his one-and-only chart-topper, he crowned himself Emperor of the Universe. More than ten years after his death, lovers of New Orleans music remain his loyal subjects. In its broad outlines, K-Doe's story parallels that of his beloved, beleaguered city. He rose, fell, and rose again, weathering storms and lingering long after most considered him down for the count.In the end, he literally rose from the dead: an eerily lifelike statue of K-Doe held court at his castle, the Mother-in-Law Lounge, for years after his 2001 passing. Volume two in the Louisiana Musicians Biography Series, Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans was named one of Kirkus Reviews' top one hundred nfiction books of 2012, Living Blues magazine's Best Blues Book of 2012, and Humanities Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
- Author(s)Ben Sandmel
- PublisherHistoric New Orleans Collection,U.S.
- Date of Publication01/04/2014
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHistoric New Orleans Collection,U.S.
- Width210 mm
- Height260 mm
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