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Soul Masters: Ernie K-Doe

Ernie K-Doe

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Album Review

Filing Ernie K-Doe among the myriad one-hit-wonders littering the rock & roll landscape is an enormous disservice to artist and listener alike — consider K-Doe's scorching, self-titled Janus LP, a deeply funky effort produced by Allen Toussaint that remains a lost classic of New Orleans R&B. Toussaint's soulful, infectious arrangements wonderfully complement K-Doe's eccentric vocals, guiding the singer through the twisted narrative of Southern soul from the mud-baked Memphis sound of Stax ("Who Ever's Thrilling You Is Killing Me") to the Crescent City funk of the Meters ("Lawdy Mama") and beyond. What K-Doe lacks as a traditional vocalist he more than compensates for as a pure entertainer, and it's impossible to imagine cuts like the sex-crazed "Here Come the Girls" achieving such libidinous transcendence in the hands of a more conventional performer.

Biography

Born: 22 February 1936 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ernie K-Doe scored one of the biggest hits (possibly the biggest) in the history of New Orleans R&B with "Mother-in-Law," a humorous lament that struck a chord with listeners of all stripes on its way to the top of both the pop and R&B charts in 1961. The song proved to be K-Doe's only major success, despite several more minor hits that were equally infectious, yet he remained one of New Orleans' most inimitable personalities. Born Ernest Kador, Jr. in New Orleans in 1936, he began singing...
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  • 6,99 €
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: 1972

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