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Robert Fontenot

Deceased "Mother-In-Law" singer to run for Mayor of New Orleans

By April 9, 2006

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Strange but (sort of) true: Ernie K-Doe, that beloved New Orleans R&B legend who scored a national hit in 1961 with the classic "Mother-In-Law," is running for mayor of his hometown. The only problem is, he's been dead for five years. No matter, says widow Antoinette, who launched the campaign Saturday outside the Mother-In-Law Lounge, K-Doe's club which has itself become a fixture on the New Orleans landscape. "He's the only one qualified, that's my opinion," she jokes.

Actually, Antionette has a reason for the phony campaign, which provides a bit of humor for an otherwise deadly serious campaign in this post-Katrina town: all proceeds from "Vote K-Doe" t-shirts and bumper stickers will go towards renovating the gutted nightclub, and also to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, which provides free healthcare to a vital local trade that never offers it otherwise. And Ernie's widow does carry on the brash self-promoting tradition of the singer and DJ -- in the last decade of his life, he took to referring to himself as The Emperor Of The World, a title no one ever challenged.


April 11, 2006 at 6:29 pm
(1) tikitown says:

k-doe…the genius can’t be stopped even by death…he must be made mayor

April 13, 2006 at 9:57 am
(2) steve leverton says:

What’s the mailing address for Antoinette’s K-Doe for Mayor Campaign? Thanks

April 13, 2006 at 12:40 pm
(3) Dee Dee says:

If this can help that fantastic city and the cool musicians from the city that I love, GO FOR IT!!!!

May 1, 2006 at 7:06 pm
(4) oldies says:

Here’s the address and phone for the Mother-In-Law Lounge:

Antoinette K-Doe
1500 N. Claiborne Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116

phone: 504-947-1078

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