Ernie K-Doe / Chris Kenner

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Ernest Kador Jnr., 22 February 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 July 2001, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The ninth of 11 children born to the Reverend Ernest Kador Snr., Ernie began singing at the age of seven in his father’s choir. After singing with touring gospel groups, Kador’s earliest non-secular recordings were made in the mid-50s as a member of the Blue Diamonds. His first solo record, ‘Do Baby Do’, was released on Specialty Records in 1956. The singer’s biggest hit came on the Minit Records label with the Allen Toussaint song ‘Mother-In-Law’ (1961), which reached number 1 in the US pop charts. This pointed ‘novelty’ song was followed by ‘Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta’, and a strong double-sided release, ‘I Cried My Last Tear’/‘A Certain Girl’. The latter track proved popular in Britain where it was covered by the Yardbirds and the Paramounts. Further K-Doe singles included ‘Popeye...

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