Over the past few years, K-Doe was writing several new hits to be compiled on a new album. But this wasn't going to be just any album: it was going to a historic record-breaker. Whereas most artists only put a handful of hits on a record and fill the rest of the space with mediocre (at best) material, K-Doe was going to break the music industry wide open by making the first all-hit record. Every one of the ten songs would be a hit. The world didn't know it, but it was poised on the brink of a new era in rock and roll. Once again, K-Doe was about to shake things up.
In late 2000, K-Doe recorded the first of these stellar hits. Assembling his band, The Blue-Eyed Soul Revue, and Mr. Quintron at the Mother-in-Law Lounge, K-Doe and company made history when they laid down "Children of the World". The song is a heartfelt plea to children all over the world to stop the violence, drugs and killing. In early 2001, the K-Does met with representatives of the Orleans Parish School System about getting the song into the classroom where it could really make an impact. K-Doe was not happy with "Children of the World" simply becoming a huge hit; he wanted it to be used as a tool to help our youth come up right.
A few months later, K-Doe again assembled his band, this time adding the talents of his protege, Rico Watts (with a voice like Elvis Presley). The boys laid down K-Doe's next superhit, "White Boy / Black Boy", with Rico singing backup. In this song, K-Doe reflects on the ways in which we of all races can work together to make the world a better place. We sing each other's songs, but ultimately, K-Doe concludes that "it sounds so good when [we] sing it together". Again, a catchy hook was combined with a powerful message to create more than just a hit: K-Doe built this song to knock down all kinds of walls.
As a taste of what was to come, K-Doe released the two songs he had completed on a special edition compact disc. The CD first went on sale during Jazz Fest 2001. With these two songs under his belt, K-Doe was preparing for the next stage of his ground-breaking new album.
Sadly, K-Doe's death in July 2001 brought this historic project to a premature end. Though some of us were lucky enough to hear K-Doe perform others of his new songs, like "Party in Heaven Tonight", "Sittin' Down On It" and "Short Dresses", many will never get to hear these treasures. Those songs, along with the first two songs he recorded for this project, indeed testify to K-Doe's continuing ability to write, produce and record hits.
Thankfully, we have at least a partial realization of this project. The CD "Children of the World" + "White Boy / Black Boy" is available for purchase at the Mother-in-Law Lounge. Call 504-947-1078 for more information on how you can get your very own copy of this legendary piece of rock and roll history.