Biography of Ernie K-Doe captures quirks, talent

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 29 at 12:03 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new book captures the quirks and talent of one of New Orleans' most celebrated and eccentric entertainers, his ups and downs, and the era that shaped him.

The title of the book, published by the Historic New Orleans Collection, is "Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans." Later in life, K-Doe proclaimed himself the "Emperor of the World," and few of his fans would disagree. K-Doe emerged in the 1960s, and until his death in 2001 was one of the most unforgettable figures in the New Orleans music scene.

Author Ben Sandmel, who lives and plays music in New Orleans, tells K-Doe's story in lively detail and colorful anecdotes that will keep even those who don't know him reading.

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