Mother In Law Ernie K-Doe
I have that song on vinyl but recently I found it again on iTunes so here is Mother In Law Ernie K-Doe, and here his album from iTunes, which I just got.
K-Doe at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1996
Ernest Kador Jr.
February 22, 1933 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
July 5, 2001 (aged 68). New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
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Birthed in New Orleans, K-Doe recorded as a member of the group the Blue Diamonds in 1954 prior to making his first solo recordings the following year. “Mother-in-Law“, written by Allen Toussaint, was his first hit, reaching number 1 on both the Billboard pop chart and the Billboard R&B chart. K-Doe never had another top-40 pop hit, however “Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta“ (number 21, 1961) as well as “Later for Tomorrow“ (number 37, 1967) reached the R&B top 40.
In the 1980s K-Doe did radio shows on the New Orleans community stations WWOZ and also WTUL. The shows were recognized for his explosively energized statements and frequent self-promotion (periodically causing problems for the noncommercial station). K-Doe‘s catch phrases included “Burn, K-Doe, Burn!“, “I‘m a Charity Hospital Baby!“ as well as (addressed to himself) “You just good, that‘s all!“ For a while he billed himself as “Mister Naugahyde“, until he was ordered to desist by the owners of the Naugahyde trademark. K-Doe after thatclarified that it was a misunderstanding; he was in fact describing himself as “Mister M-Nauga-Ma-Hyde“, a word he created himself.
In the 1990s K-Doe started billing himself as “The Emperor of the Universe “and also, wearing a cape and crown, ended up being a popular local eccentric in New Orleans. He proceeded performing as well as periodically recording until shortly before his death. Constantly an elaborate showman, one of K-Doe‘s most notable later performances was at the Aquarium of the Americas, in New Orleans, where he performed at a benefit for a local group helping people with disabilities. The show ended with K-Doe performing seven continuous performances of “Mother In Law“ while dancing in front of the Gulf of Mexico shark tank display dressed in a green plumed cape. Later recordings of note include “White Boy, Black Boy“. While best known as a singer, he was also an accomplished drummer.
The song “Here Come the Girls“ was released in 1970 in England, however was not a hit. It was re-released in 2007 as a result of its use in an advertising campaign for Boots stores and also reached number 43. A cover by the Sugababes reached number 3 on the UK charts in 2008.
K-Doe died in 2001 of kidney and liver failure from years of alcoholism. After a traditional jazz funeral, he was interred in the 200-year-old Duval tomb in Saint Louis Cemetery number 2, in his native New Orleans. He had burial space in his dad‘s family cemetery in Erwinville, Louisiana, however his widow, Antoinette, in addition to his fans and friends in New Orleans, desired his remains in the city, so the Duval family provided him several of their burial space. He is buried in the very same tomb with his second mother-in-law, with whom he was extremely close, as well as his best friend, Earl King.
His widow, Antoinette K-Doe, continued to operate his music club and also bar, Ernie K-Doe‘s Mother-in-Law Lounge, which housed a life-size sculpture of Him. The club was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in late 2005 and had to close down. With the help of the Hands on Network as well as the musical artist Usher Raymond, Antoinette reopened the Mother-in-Law Lounge on August 28, 2006, in its original place at 1500 N. Claiborne Avenue.
Antoinette likewise led a tongue-in-cheek campaign for K-Doe‘s election for mayor of hurricane-ravaged New Orleans in 2006, five years after his death. She is quoted as saying, “He‘s the only one qualified— that‘s my opinion.“ Although K-Doe‘s name did not appear on the ballot, the campaign generated income from sales of T-shirts and also bumper stickers. Antoinette utilized the earnings from these sales for reconstructing the Mother-in-Law Lounge and assisting the New Orleans Musicians‘ Clinic, both of which were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
In November 2007 the British-based high street beauty store as well as pharmacy Boots utilized his 1970 performance of the song “Here Come the Girls“ as the soundtrack of a Christmas TV commercial. This resulted in there-release of the song as single in the UK in December 2007. A new Boots commercial, with a summer theme, including the song was broadcast between June and also August 2008. The very same song was also sampled on the Sugababes‘ single “Girls“, which was after that itself utilized in an additional Boots commercial in November 2008.
Antoinette died in New Orleans on February 24, 2009, Mardi Gras day, after a heart attack.
Ernie K-Doe was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
1961 “Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta“ .
1961 “I Cried My Last Tear“.
1961 “A Certain Girl“.
1962 “Popeye Joe“.
1967 “Later For Tomorrow“.
1967 “( It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along“.