Although this artist charted only one hit, he was far from a One Hit wonder. He also wrote a couple of great songs, before his untimely death in 1976. With a reputation far from sparking, he wrote songs that still shine; songs carried forth by hit makes like Wilson Pickett.
(December 25, 1929 – January 25, 1976)
I Like it Like that Pt. 1 / Instant 3229/ July 1961/ # 2 (3)
This New Orleans-based artist had a US Top 20 R&B hit in 1957 on the Imperial Records label with his own composition, ‘Sick And Tired’, a song later revived by Fats Domino. Kenner was one of the first signings to the Instant label, on which he recorded his three best-known songs.
In 1961, a song co-written with Fats Domino, ‘I Like It Like That, Pt. 1’, reached number 2 in the US pop charts. Kenner later received a Grammy nomination for the song.
This was followed by ‘Something You Got’ and ‘Land Of 1000 Dances’ (1963). The latter, based on a gospel song, ‘Children Go Where I Send You’, later became a hit for Cannibal And The Headhunters (1965) and Wilson Pickett (1966 – US Top 10/UK Top 30).
Although Kenner was beset throughout much of his career by alcohol problems, received a prison sentence in 1968 for statutory rape of a minor, and to a lesser degree, had a reputation as a poor live performer, he managed to record some of the best R&B to emanate from the Crescent City. He died of a heart attack in January 1976.