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Dr. John

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(1) Dr. John is a singer-songwriter who has been making his own idiosyncratic music since the 1960s. His sound combines blues, boogie woogie, and rock and roll, and along with Professor Longhair he is heir to the rich New Orleans tradition. He is perhaps best known for “Right Place, Wrong Time”, an international hit in 1973, reissued and used on soundtracks many times since.

Born Malcolm John Rebennack Jr on November 21, 1940, in New Orleans, Louisiana, his musical career began as a session musician in New Orleans in the 1950s. Early on he also played guitar and was often known as Mac Rebennack. He switched to the bass (“the lowest time of my life”), and then the piano after his index finger was nearly shot off protecting his bandmate and longtime friend Ronnie Barron. He gained fame beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with music that combined new orleans-style rhythm and blues with psychedelic rock and stage shows that bordered on voodoo religious ceremonies, including elaborate costumes and headdress. For a time he was billed as Doctor John, The Ni... (+) expand
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