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When musical legend Jessie Hill ("Ooh Poo Pah Do") died, his widow called Antoinette and asked her to make something beautiful for Jessie to wear at his funeral. Antoinette was happy to oblige and began to work on the outfit. When she realized she had some extra material and needed to make something for her and K-Doe to wear to their good friend's funeral, Antoinette decided to make outfits for her and K-Doe that would match Jessie's in the coffin. What she didn't realize at the time was that she was also making history. In the years since their appearance at Hill's funeral, scholars have searched in vain for a historical precedent for the funeral practice of dressing to match the deceased. It turns out that even as far back as Ancient Egypt, dressing like the dead is unprecedented. Once again, the name K-Doe has made history.

Credit: Ernie & Antoinette K-Doe



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