Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ernie K Doe: M-O-N-E-Y without L-O-V-E ain't a T-H-I-N-G

Ernie K-Doe, self-proclaimed “Emperor of the Universe,” one-time proprietor of the fabled Mother-in-Law Lounge in New Orleans, and posthumous mayoral candidate, belting out an early Joe Tex number, “Sufferin’ So” b/w “Baby Since I Met You,” from 1963, on Joe Banashak’s Instant Records. Allen Toussaint most likely produced this one, a mid-tempo soul stirrer with a bonus spelling lesson included..."H-O-M-E without L-O-V-E it just ain't no U-S-E".

Speaking of K-Doe, would anyone out there happen to know if his old WWOZ broadcasts have been archived anywhere?

Photos of Ernie K-Doe performing, circa 1982, by Chris Ruhle.

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