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Ernie K-Doe

The R&B Emperor Of New Orleans

by Ben Sandmel

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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.