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Name: Ernie K-Doe  
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Date of Birth: 5th July 1936
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Profession: Singer
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Ernie K-Doe (February 22, 1936 - July 5, 2001), was an African American rhythm and blues singer.

Born Ernest Kador, Jr., in New Orleans, Louisiana, K-Doe is perhaps best known for colorful personality and his 1961 hit song in, "Mother-In-Law" that went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. K-Doe predicted that the only currently familiar tunes which will still be known in 1,000 years are "The Star Spangled Banner" and his "Mother In Law". His next biggest hit was "Certain Girl".

In the 1980s he did radio shows on New Orleans community station WWOZ. The shows were known for his explosively energetic announcements and frequent self promotion (occasionally causing problems for the non-commercial station). K-Doe's catch phrases included "Burn, K-Doe, Burn!" "I'm a Charity Hospital Baby!" and (addressed to himself) "You just good, that's all!". For a time he billed himself as "Mister Naugahyde" until he was ordered to desist by the owners of the Naugahyde trademark. K-Doe then explained that it was a misunderstanding; he was actually refering to himself as "Mister M-Nauga-Ma-Hyde", a word he invented himself.

In the 1990s he began billing himself as "The Emperor of the Universe" and wearing a cape and crown. He became a famous local eccentric on the New Orleans scene. He continued performing and occasionally recording until shortly before his death. One K-Doe's most notable later recordings was "White Boy, Black Boy". While best known as a singer, he was also an accomplished drummer.

Ernie K-Doe passed away in 2001 and, after a traditional jazz funeral, was interred in the 200-year-old Duval tomb in Saint Louis Cemetery #2, in his native New Orleans. (He had no burial space so the Duval family offered him some of theirs.) His music club/bar "Ernie K-Doe's Mother-In-Law Lounge" remains in business as of 2005 run by his widow Antoinette K-Doe.

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