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K-Doe on K-Doe

"I'm cocky but I'm good!" and more K-Doe-isms

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Read the story of how “Mother-in-Law” became the best-selling record in America in 1961.

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Read the entirety of chapter 19, in which K-Doe stages his own Jazz Fest.

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About the Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans, the lower Mississippi Valley, and the Gulf South.

Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans is volume two in the Louisiana Musicians Biography Series, which exemplifies The Collection’s commitment to preserving and celebrating our region’s unique musical culture. The book is available for sale at The Shop at The Collection, Amazon.com, and local booksellers, and as an e-book for Kindle and Nook. To request a review copy, contact Lauren Noel [laurenn@hnoc.org] (504.556.7655).

News and Events

“Ernie K-Doe” named best blues book of 2012 by Living Blues magazine!

We’re excited to announce that Living Blues magazine’s Critics Poll has named Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans the best blues book of 2012! Founded as America’s first blues publication in Chicago in 1970, Living Blues magazine has set the standard for blues journalism around the world. Each year it hosts two polls—one for critics and one for readers—to honor the best in blues, including musicians, producers, and writers.

Click here for more winners of this year’s Living Blues Awards.