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Ernie K-Doe
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    (February 22, 1936-July 5, 2001)
    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Born Ernest Kator, Jr.
    Recorded 'Mother-in-Law,' 'Certain Girl,' 'Hello My Lover,' 'T'Ain't It the Truth,' and 'Heebie Jeebies'
    Nicknamed himself 'Emperor of the World'
    He was an alcoholic.
    He had only one major hit, 'Mother-in-Law.'
    He claimed that in 1,000, the only songs to survive would be 'The Star Spangled Banner' and 'Mother-in-Law.'
    He called himself Mr. Naugahyde until Naugahyde told him to cease and desist.
    He explained to Naugahyde that he had in fact called himself Mr. M-Nauga-Ma-Hyde (HUH?).
    With his wife's help, he sobered up in the 1990s.
    He opened a club in New Orleans, called The Mother-in-Law Lounge.
    He was a drummer as well as a singer.
    His live shows were colorful and energetic, and he performed wearing feathers and capes.
    'Mother-in-Law' became a number 1 hit on the pop and R&B charts.
    His own mother-in-law was a good sport and went to his live shows.
    His club was damaged in Hurricane Katrina.
    Five years after his death, his wife entered him in New Orleans' mayoral race as a candidate, joking that he was the only qualified candidate.

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