Queen of Hip-Pop
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Queen of Hip-Pop
「ALL FOR YOU」「GIRL TALK 姊妹悄.
Smokie is an English glam rock band from Bradford who found success in Europe in the 1970s. Originally called Essence, the band was formed in 1965 at St. Bed's Grammar School in Heating, Bradford.Chris Norman (vocals/guitar/piano) born Christopher Ward Norman, 25 October 1950, Redcap, Middleweight, Yorkshire), Terry Motley (born Terence Cuttle, 9 June 1951, Birkenstock, Yorkshire) (bass/vocals), Alan Silicon (lead guitar/vocals) (born 21 June 1951, Bradford, Yorkshire) and Ron Kelly (drums) (born Ronald Kelly, 1952).As Essence, they toured small clubs inBradford and the surrounding communities. At the time the band was formed Kelly was four years younger than the others aged only 13.The group now became fully professional, and the members garnered higher salaries. In the autumn of 1968, Kelly left the group to continue studying, which caused the group to perform with various different drummers almost every gig.In May 1968, the group found a manager in Mark Jordan, who advised them to rename themselves The Elizabethans.December saw the group having a first TV appearance on the regional show "Calendar". In August 1969, the four performed two songs for the BBC show "High Jinx". Enthused with this successful performance Jordan had them record a first demo tape.In early 1970 RCA showed an interest in the band and suggested a name change to Kindness. A single was recorded, but due to a strike, the double A-side, "Light Of Love" / "Lindy Lou", was not released for a few months. 300 copies of that were sold and it was followed by a second single "Oh Julie" / "I Love You Carolina"
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JERRY LEE LEWIS'S THIRD APPEARANCE ON 'THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL."
THIS "Midnight Special" IS SPECIAL INDEED, NOT FOR HIS FIREBALL PERFORMANCE OF 'BREATHLESS,' OR THE UNUSUAL AND RARE ADDITION OF A HORN SECTION, OR EVEN HIS CHOICE OF TUX JACKET:
THIS CLIP IS THE ONLY VIDEOTAPE WHICH FEATURES HIS SON, JERRY LEE LEWIS, JR., PLAYING DRUMS. [DIED SHORTLY AFTERWARD. THE OTHER KNOWN CLIP BEING FROM THE 'MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW,' WHERE HE PLAYS TAMBOURINE.]
IF THIS WERE NOT ENOUGH TO DISTINGUISH A VIDEO FROM THE THOUSANDS ON THE WWW, THE OTHER DRUMMER IS NONE OTHER THAN MORRIS "TARP" TARRANT, THE INFAMOUS, CRAZED, MEMPHIS SPEEDFREAK, WHO AFTER DRUMMING WITH JERRY FOR A WHILE, TRYING TO 'KEEP UP' AND 'KEEP TIME' AMONG OTHER THINGS, ENDED HIS DRUMMING DAYS WHEN HE DECIDED, HIGH ON DEXAMYL, AND DRESSED IN ALL-BLACK COWBOY ATTIRE ALA LASH LARUE, TO ROB A CONVENIENCE STORE...HE DID A LITTLE TIME ON THAT BEEF, AND IT WASN'T 4/4!
Los Angeles 21.10.73
Kenny Lovelace - guitar
Herman Hawkins - bass
Morris 'Tarp' Tarrant - drums
J. L. Lewis Jr. - drums
Marty Morisson - organ
Charlie Owens - steel guitar
Bill Taylor - trumpet
Russ Carlton - saxophone
*thanks to thrund for the video and peter checksfield for the jll jr. videography.
I NEED A PLUS SIZED WOMAN (AROUND THE CLOCK)
Queens, NY public access television"With style and grace, too legit to quit, sex appeal, finesse, class and all that sh**..."--ECSTASY
[with ECSTASY providing moral support]
He Loves A Fat Girl
Queens, NY public access show
GODDESSES Highlights [Queens, NY Public Access TV]
1978 concert in Madison Square Garden, Queen re-created the video by having women with very little clothing ride bicycles around the stage.
The album contained a poster of the women in the bicycle race. It was left out of some copies for stores that did not want to carry it, but fans could mail order the poster if they desired.
Queen rented 65 bicycles for the race. When the company found out what they were used for, they refused to take the bikes back.
This was released as a double A-side single with "Bicycle Race." The songs ran together on the album, and were often played that way by radio stations. The year before, Queen released "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" as a double A-side. They are still usually played together by radio stations.
This song was covered by Antigone Rising for the 2005 Queen tribute album Killer Queen. (thanks, Rachel - South Point, OH)
The song was used as the opening theme for Morgan Pock's 2004 documentary Super Size Me.
This was used in episodes of the US TV shows Nip/Tuck and My Name is Earl, and also in the UK show Father Ted. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
Made about a young man that found his manhood when banging his natty nanny. She must have been a fat bottomed girl...woman.
- Bryan, West Milton, OH
When I took a trip to Oklahoma with my teacher and friends, this was one of the songs on the "surprise CD" some girls from the school made us. It's safe to say, it's so disgusting and so awesome at the same time. I love it!
- Deacon, Anonymous-ville, HI
oh man like that's a good one if I didst live 30,000 some odd miles away I'd like to meet you......that just made my top ten list!
- bloke, talker, OK
ahas Luke from Manchester, you made me smile;)
- Mady, Adelaide, Australia
I don't understand why so many people here think this song is sexist. Humorous, satirical, sarcastic, perhaps. Sexist? Hardly.
- moi-memo, Paris, -
Paula rogers replacing Fredi mercury.that was a stupid idea
- Tom, Heston, TX
Roy Thomas Baker said that the company lending the bikes for the video didn't want to take them back, but did... after changing all the bicycle seats... quoting...
- David, Margaux, Putt Rico
Just for the record: I am not homophobia or disrespectful to Freddie or anyone who's gay. I made a joke about it being Fat bottommost boys and you PC mailbags came down heavy on it - Lighten up and get a life. Freddie would have made the same joke himself. And for the record, Fred was gay, not bi, he said himself "I am as gay as a daffodil, my dear". Research, it is your friend.
- Luke, Manchester, England
Quite simply the best Queen song, in my opinion and so much fun to rock out to and pretend you've Freddie who incipiently, is the the greatest front man of all time (in my opinion) BTW Who cares about sexism and sexuality anyway? Go and listen to Celine Dion you precious things!
- jackass skyjacking, Melbourne, Australia
I am surprised to read about the sexist angle in this forum about a song that is pure rock, so what - its all about your interpretation and what it means to you. For me, when I listen to queen and immerse myself into the music, I don't feel like I am gay or bisexual or anything like that. I feel like I could picture anyone I wanted and I think that is why they are so popular over such a broad spectrum of people out there - their songs didn't generalissimo nor did they pigeonholed. All of their songs (as far as I can tell) where unisex in their delivery. Except Fat Bottomed Girls, which celebrates how girls that are not consumed with their appearances are down to earth. And its great to sing along to.
- Michael, Perth, Australia
It's a shame how Freddie's bisexuality keeps on getting dragged into this. Brian May wrote the song. And I don't believe there's anything sexist about it. When I listened to Queen, I never, ever thought- OMB, Freddie Mercury is gay. It never mattered- he was a GENIUS (in my opinion). My parents hated Queen, cause I'd blast their music when I was home. When I finally, FINALLY had two tickets to a concert, my mother was going to take me, but that evening, she pawned the duty off on my father. He was pi**ed off to say the least. Halfway there, I noticed my father had gone the wrong way on purpose to avoid having to go, but I noticed and we attended that concert. When we left, my Dad was all smiles and was in total awe for their live performance.
- Tanya, Dayton, OH
i love Fredi's and Paula Kroger's versions of this song... cheers!
- chef -, La Union, Philippines
Women should not be discriminated according to size... by looks ... or discriminated period!! If you're judging someone by looks, shame on you!! Women should be judged as equals, whether white or black, large or tiny, etc. People come in all various shapes, colors, and sizes and were all created to be attractive. Opinions of different people's looks will vary, but people shall be judged according to the inner selves, not the outward shells.
- an drew, Buckingham, United States
One thing i remember about the poster from Jazz is that it featured a famous "Page 3" girl that i really liked. Does anyone know who she is? She is brunette and had a little tan in her colour. Oh and a beautiful bottom :) What was her name?? Cheers!
- eolian, washing ton, DC
...Sick, sick, sick... Thankfully, Queen's released plenty of more tasteful songs. This isn't a pattern, so I can let it slide.
- Matthew, Milford, MA
If anybody lives in the Philadelphia area, and listens to Magic 102.9 you will hear this song played alot...It's a great song...great lyrics and music... Sue, Quinton, New Jersey
- sue, Salome, NJ
"Big fat Fanny" in British slang is not bottom -- it's an affection term for the vagina as a sexual(not simply anatomical) object. . . It's analog's to "p*SST" in North America usage.
- Subpoena, Richmond, Canada
I love this song for sentimental reasons. In fact, it was the first Queen song I heard on a radio in March 1979. I was only ten. Since then, Queen are among my favourite groups.
- Stefano, Rome, Italy
This song was used in Super Size Me. I also love how this song is described in songfest's: "about a young man who comes to appreciate women of substantial girth". Such a formal response to a silly song. Excellent.
- Johnny, Los Angeles, CA
My understanding of forums are not a place to decide if a song is offensive (sexist) or not... but merely a place to discuss its attributes and effects. Having said that, it has been re-done by Kevin Fowler. His [country] version somehow seems funnier than "offensive" (to me).
- DBL McGee, PONDER, TX
After all the embarrassing situations they've faced recently, it just shows how much the ANC needs to work for their votes now. This is their TV ad - the first ever produced in the history of the African National Congress.That tells you something. It features Nelson Mandela and even Jacob Zuma speaks.
Les aventures d'un cambrioleur ambitieux mais malchanceux, devant la maison de Céline Dion et René Angélil, sur l'ile Gagnon à Laval.
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Xtranormal.com est un site web optimisé par la plateforme text-to-movieMC de Xtranormal — une application web utilisée pour créer de courtes animations 3D à partir de scénarios de film textuels. Si vous savez taper, vous pouvez donc réaliser des films. Les personnages de votre film récitent les dialogues de votre scénario et réagissent aux déclencheurs de jeu — lorsque des icônes sont directement glissées dans le scénario, tout comme des « binettes » dans IM/chat. Les films peuvent être échangés par courriel, affichés sur des blogues et sur des sites de réseautage social ou de partage de vidéos en ligne tels que YouTubeMC, MySpaceMC et FacebookMC.
A year into the phenomenon of Taxi TV — the channels that now play in the back of New York City cabs — and one of the major advertisers deserves more scrutiny.
The advertiser is Russia Today, a pro-Kremlin site and YouTube channel that is part of a 24-hour English-language news channel in Russia. As Alessandra Stanley observed a year ago in the Times, Russia Today has broadcast its brand of “enigmatic ad” expressing (at least) a “Putinesque disdain for Western efficiency” since Taxi TV first started entertaining and bugging the hell out of people in New York taxis last summer.
Robert Mackey has written bitingly about Russia Today on the Lede blog.
The newest enigmatic Russia TV ad, which is in heavy rotation in many NYC cabs, is graphically fascinating—and completely disconcerting. I can’t get that mistaken-pill thing—the trucker with the blister pack—out of my head.
And while you’re trying to sort out the squeamish-making ideology here, note that Russia Today is the same outfit that makes Stalin-was-a-poet ads.
Stalin-was-a-poet ads? Yeah. Take a look.
"God Damn That's A Good Looking Blue": Winston Eggleston on William Eggleston
It's difficult to impossible to get William Eggleston to talk about his work much less his working style. In 2004 while preparing a film for ICP's Infinity Awards, I had the privilege to speak to Bill's youngest son Winston. Winston suspended his own photography career to be his father's photographic assistant. Winston and his brother took over running their father's archive in 1992, attempting to organize and catalog the entire body of work. Negatives were in different cities and many things were missing; there are many stories of boxes of prints vanishing after a late night of partying. Bill's generosity played a large role in giving away innumerable photographs.
During the interview, Winston provided a window into his father's life and background: he loves guns, but does not hunt; likes stamps, likes old rugs, and loves Bach. Most importantly Winston was able to impart the feeling of being along side his father while he photographed. He provides us with a context for each image and expresses an adoration of the photographs as only a son can.
Film and interview directed by: Douglas Sloan
Remembering a New Orleans Legend:
Antoinette K-DoeNBC Nightly News with Brian WilliamsFeb. 24:
Excerpt|00:49|Antoinette K-Doe, widow of rhythm & blues singer Ernie K-Doe, died on Mardi Gras day at the age of 66. In an interview conducted shortly after Hurricane Katrina...
Antoinette K-Doe, the wife of New Orleans famous singer Ernie K-Doe, died of an apparent heart attack at her Mother-in-Law Lounge early Mardi Gras Day, according to family members.
Local musicians have been passing through the lounge all morning to offer condolences.
Friends said it was fitting that K-Doe passed away on a holiday she loved so much and family said they plan to honor her memory by having the celebration today - something they say she would have wanted.
She was 66 years old.
Mourners file past the body of the Emperor of the World, Ernie K-Doe, Mother-in-Law, on July 12, 2001. K-Doe is the first rhythm and blues singer to be laid in state in New Orleans and the first whose memorial services were held at the city's historic Gallier Hall.
In 1994, Ernie K-Doe opened the world-famous Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law Lounge at 1500 N. Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. One of K-Doe's main reasons for opening the Lounge was to provide a place for New Orleans' living legends to come and perform. Don't be surprised if you find yourself rubbing elbows with some of the greats of the Crescent City when you visit the Mother-in-Law Lounge.
The Lounge is a shrine to the immortal legend of K-Doe. The walls are adorned with photographs and artwork of K-Doe throughout his life. Many pictures of K-Doe's family and friends can be seen as well.
When K-Doe was still with us, it wasn't uncommon to have the Emperor himself greet you at the door. Today, Antoinette continues to keep alive the warm, friendly, hospitable environment that K-Doe's fans have come to expect. You are nothing if not well-taken-care-of at the Mother-in-Law Lounge. Have a drink and play the jukebox, which has one of the best selections you can find of classic New Orleans R&B artists (including a great many K-Doe hits!).
The Mother-in-Law Lounge is located at the edge of New Orleans' historic Tremé neighborhood on the corner of N. Claiborne and Columbus:
Ernie K-Doe started his singing career in his church choir and went on to sing with such spiritual groups as the Golden Choir Jubilees of New Orleans and the Divine Traveler. He was inspired by such artists as Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and Eddie Jones, known to all as Guitar Slim.
At the age of 15, while performing at an amateur night show, he was heard by the manager of the legendary Flamingos. His first recording was the also legendary Chess Record Company with "I Only Have Eyes for You".
Ernie K-Doe had a strong desire to perform, and did with such enthusiasm that he made audiences scream for more. He says he enjoys singing because it gives him a feeling of happiness and joy. This goes back to the days when he felt that way with the spriritual choirs.
Early in his career, he practiced with Joe Tex at the Dew Drop Inn, which is the reason they have similar styles in dancing with the microphone, falling down, and rolling off the stage. He says he never has to move when performing, because he never could keep still, although he never had any dancing lessons. He considers the stage to be a ring and remarks, "If you don't get out there and move they would kill you." Having traveled all over the world, he recalls his best times at the Club Lingerie in Hollywood and the Apollo Theater in New York City. Ernie K-Doe has sung at the Apollo Theater in New York eight times, the Howard Theater in Washington, DC three times, the Uptown Theater in Philadelphia six times, the Regal Theater in Chicago twelve times and Carnegie Hall in New York one time.
K-Doe has recorded such hits as "A Certain Girl", "T'ain't It the Truth", "Come On Home", "Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta", "Later for Tomorrow", just to name a few. His biggest recording was "Mother-in-Law", which sold millions. K-Doe says it will last to the end of the Earth, "because someone is always going to get married."
When "Mother-in-Law" was out on the charts, K-Doe was considered one of the Big Five, which included James Brown, Lil Willie John, Joe Tex and Jackie Wilson. Of the Big Five, only K-Doe and James Brown are still "doin' it".
Ernie K-Doe says he is going to bring New Orleans back and in the process, himself. For the last few years, K-Doe has been on the path to sobriety after living in an alcoholic haze for years. The singer, who rose to fame in 1961, when his "Mother-in-Law" was the No. 1 song in the nation, is back on the job, sober and enthusiastic.
And he wants to restore New Orleans to the glory of its heyday—when it was feeding ground for such greats as Fats Domino, Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones, Little Richard, Barbara George and many others.
To do it, K-Doe opened Ernie K-Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge at 1500 N. Claiborne Avenue and he performs with an alternating cast of musicians. To his mind, the club is a place where musicians can help one another just like in the old days.
By the way, Ernie K-Doe was right about the song "Mother-in-Law". It will last to the ends of the Earth, or at least for a while. Ernie got married in January of 1996 to Antoinette Fox, and her mother was watching over the ceremony! So look out, K-Doe, and look out, world! K-Doe is still doing what he does best: Entertain!
In 1997, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation recognized Ernie K-Doe with its prestigious Pioneer Award. The award was presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and K-Doe brought the house of American musical legends to its feet with his performance of "Mother-in-Law".
In 1999, Ernie K-Doe was the first person to be honored with the Big Easy Entertainment Awards' Heritage Award.
The New Orleans Music Hall of Fame inducted Ernie K-Doe in 1995. The award was presented to K-Doe at his New Orleans club, the Mother-in-Law Lounge.
The State of Louisiana inducted Ernie K-Doe into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1997.
Each year, a select few Louisiana artists are honored with a Legend Award, presented by the South Louisiana Association. K-Doe received this distinction in 1999 at a ceremony in Baton Rouge.
James Sleeping Giant Winfield party, open mic portion
Miz Antoinette says Hi! from the Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law lounge.
1997 extended promo (music video) for the N.O. "W.B." TV affiliate. Included are some of the WB stars at the time plus local dignitaries like Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, the Olympia Brass Band, and more...
Sonny Landreth and Eric Johnson
The Milky Way Home
Continental Club, Austin Texas
August 7th, 2008
Ernie K-Doe--R&B pioneer
ANTOINETTE K-DOE [DECEASED MARDI GRAS DAY, 2009],
POST-KATRINA New Orleans
'Here Come The Girls'
from Boots TV ad
video: Jonathan King
Antoinette saved Ernie along with her family.She took Ernie apart, put the pieces in a garbage bag and dragged him upstairs
NEW ORLEANS—When the floodwater of Hurricane Katrina engulfed the legendary Mother-In-Law Lounge and the National Guard rescued Antoinette K-Doe, she worried about what she had left behind.
She didn’t want to abandon her mother or her husband, R&B pioneer Ernie K-Doe, both interred down the street at St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. She hoped to save a career’s worth of photographs of Ernie, who died in 2001, and had spent three days carrying them upstairs to her apartment above the bar.
And she could hardly bear to leave Ernie’s mannequin, a macabre re-creation to some but a protector to Antoinette. To frighten off thieves, she dressed him in one of his flamboyant suits and sat him in a closet with her shotgun in his lap.
“People said, `Did you bring Ernie?’ Antoinette said, `No, I left him. They’re rescuing live bodies, not statues.’”
After living at a Boy Scout camp in Atlanta for about a month, Antoinette returned to her native New Orleans. The lounge, a haven for musicians since it opened in 1994, was a wreck. Five and a half feet of water had left it covered in mold and muck and God knows what else in the environs below the I-10 overpass where victims fled for safety. Her clothes, the bar, all of the bar stock, the kitchen equipment used to feed the participants after their weekly Thursday jam sessions in the back room and the stage where Ernie played, were unchallengeable.Antoinette K-Doe, wife of the late Ernie K-Doe, reflects on the rebuilding process after Hurricane Katrina at the Mother-In-Law Lounge in New Orleans
“I feel very lucky that I saved all my pictures,” said Antoinette, 65. “I knew we had to bring his band’s place back. But I didn’t know how, didn’t know where the money was coming from.”
It came from Hands On New Orleans, one of the volunteer organizations at the forefront of the rebuilding effort.
Among those who contributed to its cause was R&B star Usher. His donation was not directly used to refurbish the Mother-In-Law Lounge, but he visited the place one Sunday in May, and Antoinette recalls him saying, “I have to get you open.”
Hands On was also aided by its partners, the Tipitina’s Foundation and Sweet Home New Orleans.
The lounge’s grand reopening, complete with red carpet, was Aug. 30, 2006, a year and a day after Katrina made landfall. Volunteers from Hands On chapters in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Atlanta were invited, along with musicians and a representative from the mayor’s office.
“I told everyone I was going to fine them $20 if they talked about the storm or politics,” Antoinette said. “We didn’t make much money; it was an open bar.”
She’s still struggling to make a living and was hospitalized in February, but Antoinette hopes Ernie is on the verge of a rebirth similar to his city’s.
The peak of his success came in 1961, when his “Mother-In-Law” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Pop Singles chart. According to Billboard, K-Doe’s was the 14th African-American single to hit No. 1 in the rock `n’ roll era (post-1955). He beat out Motown’s first, “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes in September 1961.
A mannequin of the late Ernie K-Doe still on display at the Mother-In-Law Lounge in New Orleans
Outside of New Orleans, Ernie’s work had been virtually forgotten until last Christmas, when his 1970 track “Here Come the Girls” was chosen for a TV campaign for Boots, the leading health and beauty retailer in the United Kingdom. The spot can be found on YouTube, and in December the song debuted at No. 71 on Billboard’s Top 75 in the U.K. It had been 46 years since K-Doe’s only other appearance on the British charts, when “Mother-In-Law” reached No. 29 in `61.
Antoinette plans to re-release “Here Come the Girls” in the United States with Ernie’s “Children of the World,” perhaps on vinyl. Ernie also had two recordings left in the vault when he died, but she intends to honor his wishes and wait 10 years after his passing before marketing them.
Antoinette said Boots knew little about Ernie when it picked the song.
“Boots was not aware I had a statue of Ernie. They were amazed when they heard about the statue, that I’m keeping his legacy alive,” she said. “What they did enhanced it.”
Antoinette was a devoted fan of Ernie’s when she met him while working at a New Orleans bar. He was on skid row, battling alcoholism, and she tried to help him overcome his addiction.
“I’d ask him to come share lunch with me, we’d sit and talk. We became close friends,” she said. “He was very proud. I helped him gain strength. He could rely on me.” They dated for 15 years before marrying in 1995.
When he passed, it was not Antoinette’s idea to craft a statue of Ernie. That came from a fan, about 30 years old, whom Ernie had helped to kick drugs and find a house and a job.
“He wanted to do something for the lounge and said, `It’s going to be a half-bust,’” Antoinette said.“I didn’t like half-busts. I didn’t understand why half-busts didn’t have arms. So he said, `I’ll do a statue.’ I didn’t want to turn him down a second time.”
The mannequin was put together from scavenged pieces. Pictures of Ernie were used to carve his facial features. The face was white, so they took the head outside the bar and spray-painted it, trying to match Ernie’s skin tone.
Ernie’s brother insisted they add a bump on the left side of his cheek from where he’d been hit by a baseball bat when they were kids.
Antoinette styled the hair just as she had done for Ernie. They took the hands to a nail shop to get them manicured.“One of his best friends came. He went to the bathroom, (saw the statue) and almost passed out,”
Antoinette said.“That’s when we knew we had it.”
Jackie Hughes, daughter of Antoinette K-Doe, peers out the front door of the Mother-In-Law Lounge in New Orleans, February 17, 2008
Ernie still gets around—his statue, that is. He has been to football games and parties at his tomb every All Saints Day. Friend, John Blanchard takes him along when he sings at weddings and bachelor parties, propping the statue up when he performs the Allen Toussaint-penned “Mother-In-Law.” Ernie was to have been in this year’s Mardi Gras parade, but Antoinette’s illness scuttled that.
With Katrina approaching in late August 2005, Antoinette saved Ernie along with her family. She took Ernie apart, put the pieces in a garbage bag and dragged him upstairs. She took refuge with her granddaughter, then 15, her mother’s sister and a female tourist who had been in a car accident and had nowhere else to go.
Antoinette said she didn’t panic while they waited for rescue. But the situation got dicey when martial law was declared and the women heard men below, trying to break into the bar to steal the liquor.
She said she got out the shotgun her brother-in-law had given her, opened the window and fired over their heads, trying not to hit people above on the I-10 bridge.
“I said, `You’re not coming here. There’s more bullets,’” she said. “They scattered like blackbirds.”
Presumably the shotgun is still at the ready. The lounge is just a few blocks from Tent City, where the homeless have gathered under the interstate. Patrons must be buzzed in. Those who want to take a cab from downtown to the bar in the neighborhood of Treme, a once-proud black business district, might have to search for a willing driver.
Antoinette remains vigilant, guarding the lounge and with it her husband’s music legacy. She takes comfort from the smiling Ernie sitting in the corner.
“I don’t feel safe in here without him,” she said.
article reprint: 'POPMATTERS' from AKRON NEWSPAPER
*THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF MY FRIENDS, ERNIE AND ANTOINETTE K-DOE, AS POSSIBLY, ALONG WITH THE ONLY WOMAN BRAVE ENOUGH TO ACCOMPANY ME, KAREN FORD, THEIR FIRST TWO WHITE BARFLIES. AND TO THE MONUMENT THAT WAS THE "MOTHER-IN-LAW" LOUNGE: NO MANNEQUINS. NO TOURISTS. NO CROWD. JUST ERNIE AND ANTOINETTE: ONE HOLDING COURT AT JUKEBOX, THE OTHER A BRAIDED-HAIRED, INDIAN SQAUW/BARTENDER [WHO WAS PARTICULARLY GOOD AT MAKING DRINKS WITH THE NAMES OF THE LIQUORS IN THEIR TITLE].
WE'LL MISS YOU BOTH, AND THE BEST BAR IN THE WORLD--IN THAT ORDER.
HAPPY MARDI GRAS, BABYDOLL!