This week we’re headed way down yonder to New Orleans to take a look at the life and work of Chris Kenner. I can’t say for sure, but since he was born in Kenner, Louisiana, a few miles west of the Crescent City, it seems likely that Kenner adopted the name of his hometown for professional purposes.
Kenner was born in Kenner in 1929, but by the time he was in his teens he was living in New Orleans and working on the waterfront. He began his singing career with a gospel group called the Harmonising Four. By 1956 he had signed with Baton Records and released his first single, “Grandma’s House.” But it took a move to Imperial Records the following year to enable Kenner to find his first success … (more)