Chris Kenner Biography

25 December 1929, Kenner, Louisiana, USA, d. 25 January 1976, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This New Orleans-based artist had a US Top 20 R&B hit in 1957 on the Imperial Records label with his own composition, ‘Sick And Tired’, a song later revived by Fats Domino. Kenner was one of the first signings to the Instant label, on which he recorded his three best-known songs. In 1961, a song co-written with Fats Domino, ‘I Like It Like That, Pt. 1’, reached number 2 in the US pop charts. Kenner later received a Grammy nomination for the song. This was followed by ‘Something You Got’ and ‘Land Of 1000 Dances’ (1963). The latter, based on a gospel song, ‘Children Go Where I Send You’, later became a hit for Cannibal And The Headhunters (1965) and Wilson Pickett (1966 - US Top 10/UK Top 30). Although Kenner was beset throughout much of his career by alcohol problems, received a prison sentence in 1968 for statutory rape of a minor, and to a lesser degree, had a reputation as a poor live performer, he managed to record some of the best R&B to emanate from the Crescent City. He died of a heart attack in January 1976.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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