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For starters, his stage name 'Dr. John', came from a Legionary voodoo medicine man of the 19th century from down Louisiana way. Yes, Dr. John was born in Louisiana...New Orleans, in fact. His real name MALCOLM JOHN "MAC' REBENNACK jr. His music combines elements of BLUES, FUNK, JAZZ 'ZYDECO'?, ROCK AND ROLL, BOOGIE-WOOGIE plus from WIKIPEDIA "VOODOO RHYTHMS AND CHANTS WITH NEW ORLEANS MUSIC.". Many of his shows in the 1970's were " wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies."...again I'm quoting WIKIPEDIA here.
In his younger years, Dr.John was introduced to ministrel songs, sung by his grandparents and other family members, who were pianists. He was influenced by his exposure to music greats like LITTLE RICHARD, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, and KING OLIVER as a teen. And was able to access recording sessions with his family's connections.
Still a teen....entering the world of heavy drugs, he developed an addiction to herion that would greatly effect the direction of his music and life. As a way to pay or his own drug use.... in the '50's, he ran a 'whorehouse', sold street drugs, was in the middle of alotta violence, and even shootouts with the police and he offered other shady business deals to get by. All this lead him to a prison term in Texas. He got out in 1965 and returned to music. He continued to use herion until December 1989, when he finally won and remains clean after repeatly entering rehabilitation without success. Then, experienced some phychiatric problems after ALL of that, but is now stable with medication. He remains off drugs too. YEAH...Victory. [Good for you Doctor, Jan].
The Dr. has been a popular studio musician over the years. Working with THE ROLLING STONE's tune 'Let It Loose' [thanks bluearmyaudio ]. Has backed CARLY SIMON, JAMES TAYLOR and NEIL DIAMOND. And, really had some many cool projects with so many awsome musicians that I just don't want to try. So, I won't even start to list them. But, he's amazing and has been very busy. Just know that Dr. John's done it all.
Of course, he's in THE LOUISIANA MUSIC HALL OF FAME, that happened in 2008. AND, you know there's lotsa GRAMMYS and stuff too. Why, he's gotten every award and honor known to man...SMILE.
Does it show...that I love him? Well, I do. That tune 'Going Fishing' [thanks Liquid Soul Coffee McKenna WA] by Duke Ellington that Steve does...well, we first heard it done almost the way [Doc dorsn't do a bass solo, but you knew that] Steve does on a DR.JOHN's CD called 'Doc Does Duke', way back when [ 'bout 2005?]. Yeah. I like Dr.John alot. Jan
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O.K., I'll find all the links now and post some music below too. O.K?
Here's his most well known tune...it's 'Right Place, Wrong Time' [thanks musicland65]. This is all the video page says: " Uploaded on Aug 27, 2010 By Musicland65".
1.] RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME, by Dr. John, by musicland65
2.] IKO IKO, by Dr. John, by sa024474
3.] SUCH A NIGHT, by Dr. John, by boogieboi123
4.] THERE MUST BE A BETTER WORLD SOMEWHERE, by Dr. John, by behind007's channel
5.] GUMBO [FULL ALBUM] by Dr. John, by Sounds Good