Ernie K-Doe

The R&B Emperor Of New Orleans

by Ben Sandmel

Ernie K-Doe

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The R&B Emperor Of New Orleans
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A biography of Ernest Kador, Jr. the New Orleans-based R&B singer known as Ernie K-Doe. In 1961, he had a number one hit with "Mother-in-Law," but Ernie K-Doe was just as well-known as the self-billed "The Emperor of the Universe," as well as a broadcaster, a club owner, a flamboyant representative of his home town and — five years after his death — a candidate for its mayor. Ben Sandmel documents K-Doe's life, his flaws, his triumphs and the community that rose with him, fell with him and lives on today.

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Much more than a biography of a New Orleans music eccentric, this perspicaciously researched book encapsulates the spirit of a city that honors the wisdom of its weirdos. It's also the story of a unique place — K-Doe's Mother-In-Law Lounge, the shrine to his career-defining hit, and a haven for connoisseurs of this precious city's flamboyant expressive culture. Packed with rare photos and gorgeously produced by the Historic New Orleans Collection press, this volume will transport you to the

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