Ernie K-Doe

Mother-In-Law

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"Mother-In-Law" accomplished what few songs ever do; it aced both the pop and the R&B charts the spring of 1961. The Allen Toussaint song and production took Ernie K-Doe to heights he never saw again. It was his first and last Top 40 hit and anointed him the stigmatic "one-hit wonder" tag. Benny Spellman, who later had a lesser hit entitled "Lipstick Traces" (1962), performs the bass voice on this slap at mother-in-laws. K. Doe sings Toussaint's words from the personal experience of enduring a real-life "mother" of a mother-in-law himself. He actually found the song in Toussaint's trashcan; the then budding writer/producer had tossed it out with the garbage, and K-Doe had to practically beg Toussaint to let him record the song. It was K-Doe's third single for Minit Records.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1961 EMI Music Distribution
It Will Stand (The Soul of New Orleans, Vol. 2) 1987
Various Artists
Charly Records
Rockin' Down the Block, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Special Marker 2:35
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1989 Charly Records
All-Time Greatest Hits of Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Curb 2:33
No Image 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Rhythm & Blues: 1961 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Beach Music Anthology 1992
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:25
Carolina Classics, Vol. 2: Coolin' Out 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:25
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:25
The Minit Records Story 1994
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:33
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1961 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:27
American R&B Hits, Vol. 1 (Feelin' Good) 1995
Various Artists
Charly Records
The Minit/Instant Story 1996
Various Artists
Charly Records 2:32
Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:33
Highlights from Crescent City Soul 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:33
Highlights from Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1947-1974 1996
Various Artists
Capitol 2:33
Only Rock 'N Roll 1960-1964: #1 Radio Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:36
I'm Cocky But I'm Good Just Standin' on Top of 'De World 1996 Dubat Productions
The New Orleans Hit Story 1997
Various Artists
Charly Records 2:26
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Golden Greats 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 7 1998
Various Artists
Ace 2:35
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time Early 60s, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:32
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 8 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:32
The 60's, Vol. 2 [Platinum] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:32
The Best of Ernie K-Doe 1999 Mardi Gras Records / Mardi Gras 3:20
Monster Mash & Other Love Songs 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:29
Rock & Roll Show [King] 1999
Various Artists
King 2:48
Classic Rhythm & Blues 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
Rock Revival: Rockin' Around the Clock 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:29
Rock 'n' Roll Memories 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:29
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:29
Number One Hits: 1960-1964 2000
Various Artists
GNP / Crescendo 1:52
No Image 2000
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:35
Absolutely the Best 2001 Fuel 2000 2:31
Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, Vol. 1: The Greatest Songs from Early Rock 'n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:32
No Image 2001
Various Artists
CSC / EMI / Capitol 2:36
Absolutely the Best of the Sixties 2002
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:31
Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feet: 20 Classic Allen Toussaint Productions for Minit... 2002 Capitol / EMI Records 2:33
A Real Mother-In-Law for Ya: The Allen Toussaint Sessions 1959-63 2002 Westside Records 2:38
Soul: When a Man Loves a Woman 2002 Brilliant / Digimode Entertainment 2:29
History of Rock, Vol. 1-10 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:34
Top Hits of the Sixties: Absolute Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:32
Rhythm & Blues Collection: Classic R&B Hits 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:36
Rock On 1961 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:34
Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Liberty 2:33
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 13 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:35
Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:32
Soul Explosion Album 2004
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:27
Complete Sixties 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:37
Essential Louisiana Rhythm and Blues 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:32
The R&B Kings of New Orleans: The Best of Ernie K-Doe & Chris Kenner 2005 Fuel 2000 2:31
We Sing the Blues/New Orleans Our Home Town 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:33
Sweet Soul Music: 1961 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:25
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:35
Everything I Do is Gonh Be Funky 2011 Charly Records / Snapper / Snapper UK 2:33
Here Come the Girls: A History 1960-1970 2011 Charly Records / Snapper / Snapper UK 2:33
1961 British Hit Parade, Pt. 2: April-September 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:27
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 12: 1961 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:22
DJ Tom at the Mic 2017 The Broadcast Archive 2:33
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:32
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:32
Early R & B Classics, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Cherished Records
No Image
Various Artists
Parlophone / Warner Music / WEA 2:33
No Image
Various Artists
Capitol 2:32
Mother in Law: The Best of Ernie K Doe Fourmatt
No Image
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
Rock 'n' Roll USA, Vol. 2: 1959-1962
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:24
Tom Petty: More Petty's Peculiar Picks
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 2:33