Ernie K-Doe / Chris Kenner
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 fathers choir. After singing with touring gospel groups, Kadors 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 singers 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...