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Chris Kenner

Chris Kenner - R&B vocalist, composer

Another New Orleans original whose songs live on forever, Chris Kenner was a hard-drinking longshoreman who pretty much kept to himself. He also happened to be a brilliant songwriter. In 1957 he came to Dave Bartholomew at Imperial Records with a song he had written that was so good he was signed on the spot. “Sick And Tired” climbed to #13 R&B that summer and to #14 when Fats Domino covered it the following year.

Kenner brought his next song to pianist/producer Allen Toussaint, and together they worked it up into the phenomenal “I Like It Like That, Part 1.” The record took off, and would spend over 4 months on the charts in 1961, making it to #2 both R&B and Pop charts. Kenner later received a Grammy nomination for the song.

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