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 was a number-one hit in the U.S. on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard R&B chart.[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, Toussaint balled up the composition 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 K-Doe to give it one more try.[2]

See also[edit]


  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