May 22 – Wagner birthday, K-Doe ‘Mother-In-Law’


German opera composer Richard Wagner(*) (say it ‘rick-hard vawg-ner’) is born.

He greatly advances the musical vocabulary of chromaticism, motifs, and tonal-shifts … not to mention length! His most famous works are operas, (*) in particular the Ring Cycle, four operas which together last for -days-.

Despite Wagner’s controversial life, his work is celebrated each year at the high-demand Bayreuth Festival in Germany.

Ride of the Valkyries 


25-year-old New Orleans native Ernest Kador, Jr., aka Ernie K-Doe gains a US#1 hit (his only US top-40 hit) with Mother-in-Law.

It’s the biggest hit evar for Minit Records. The song is written and produced by 23-year-old up-and-coming NOLA composer, producer Allen Toussaint. ▷Songfacts▹

K-Doe -will- have two more top-40 USR&B hits: Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta (1961 #21) and Later For Tomorrow (1967 #37).

 ( Website ▷Allmusic bio ▹