Chris Kenner


Born in Kenner, Louisiana, and brought up in New Orleans, Chris Kenner (born December 25, 1929 – died January 29, 1976) is one of the great unsung musicians in the history of the Crescent City. Kenner wrote the top hits “Land of 1,000 Dances” and “I Like It Like That” and the classic songs “Sick and Tired,” “Something You Got,” among others. His songs have been done by everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis and the Dave Clark Five to the J. Geils Band and Wilson Pickett. He worked with such geniuses as Dave Bartholomew, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, and Earl Palmer. Kenner was not only famous for his songwriting skills, but he also was known for his laissez-faire, happy-go-lucky life style. Chris Kenner was a true New Orleans original.

– Here Robert Parker explains about Chris Kenner recording “Sick and Tired” for Dave Bartholomew and then Allen Toussaint speaks about working with Kenner for Instant Records on his hit, “I Like It Like That.”

– This excerpt delves deep into Chris Kenner’s songwriting with Willie West, Deacon John, Tad Joans, and Irma Thomas talking about how Kenner wrote his songs including “Something You Got” and his biggest hit, the rock ‘n’ roll classic “Land of 1,000 Dances.”


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