Mother In Law Ernie K-Doe

Mother In Law Ernie K-Doe

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.

Ernie K-Doe

Ernest Kador Jr. ( February 22, 1933 July 5, 2001), recognized by the stage name Ernie K-Doe, was an African-American rhythm-and-blues singer best recognized for his 1961 hit single Mother-in-Law, which went to number 1 on the Billboard pop chart in the U.S.
Ernie K-Doe


K-Doe at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1996

Background Information

Birth Name
Ernest Kador Jr.


February 22, 1933 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.


July 5, 2001 (aged 68)New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.




Years Active
1955 2001.

Specialty, Minit, London, Instant.

Associated Acts
Benny Spellman.
Allen Toussaint.

k-doe. com.

Mother In Law Ernie K-Doe

Early Career

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-Lawwritten 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.

Later Career

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 crownended 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, Antoinettein 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.

After Death

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 ballotthe 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 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.


Year Single

1961 Mother-In-Law.

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.


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