Mother-in-Law (song)

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Single by Ernie K-Doe
B-side Wanted, $10,000.00 Reward
Released 1961 (1961)
Format 7" single
Genre R&B
Length 2:25
Label Minit
Writer(s) Allen Toussaint
Producer(s) Allen Toussaint

"Mother-in-Law" is a 1961 song recorded by Ernie K-Doe. It song was a number-one hit in the U.S. on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.[1] The song was written and produced by Allen Toussaint who also played the piano solo. It was issued by Minit Records. After several unsuccessful takes, Allen Toussaint balled the composition up and threw it away as he was leaving the room. One of the backup singers, Willie Hopper, thought that it was such a good song that he convinced Ernie K-Doe to calm down and give it one more try.[2]

The Kingsmen released a version on the album The Kingsmen Volume 3 in 1965 and on Greatest Hits in 1966. Huey Lewis and the News recorded the song for the 1994 covers album Four Chords & Several Years Ago.

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 316. 
  2. ^ The Rise, Fall and Redemption of New Orleans 'R&B Emperor'
Preceded by
"Runaway" by Del Shannon
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
May 22, 1961 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson