Chris Kenner

Chris Kenner ( born December 25, 1929 in New Orleans, Louisiana; † 25 January 1976) was an American songwriter and singer in the area rhythm and blues (R & B).

Musical career

Kenner began his musical career as a songwriter in the 1950s and gained first in New Orleans regional popularity. From 1956 he began to sing himself records, one of his first appeared at the newly formed New York record label Baton Records. Just a year later got connoisseur a recording contract with the established company Imperial Records, which is also Fats Domino was among others under contract. On his first Imperial single he released the title of his compositions Sick and Tired, with whom he reached the 13th place in the R & B charts. Between 1959 and 1961, published its expert panels on several small record labels, without coming with them again in the charts. Only with the change to maintenance records in his native New Orleans returned a record success. The company, founded in 1961 released her first single production with the Chris Connoisseur Title I Like It Like That. The Kenner and Fats Domino jointly composed song peaked at the Billboard charts in both the Hot 100 as well as the R & B charts and number two was sold over a million copies. It was connoisseur greatest success as a performer. As a singer he only came once again with the 1963 original composition Land of 1000 Dances in the charts ( 77 in Hot 100 ).

The title Land of 1000 Dances was also successful with other artists, including Wilson Pickett arrived in the United States places 1 (R & B) and 6 ( Hot 100 ), and a 22nd place in the UK. The Dave Clark Five came with the Kenner- Composition I Like It Like That to seventh place in the U.S. Hot -100. By 1983, ten Connoisseur songs sung by other performers came into the Hot 100 a late and had excellent success Kenner co-wrote with the title sung by Ini Kamoze Here Comes the Hotstepper, in 1994 in the United States places 1 ( Hot 100 ) and 2 ( R & B ) finished and finished fourth in the British charts.


1968 Kenner was sentenced to three years in prison for raping a minor. Later he suffered from alcohol problems. He died 46 years old in his hometown of a heart attack.

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