I was sad to hear about the passing of Dr. John yesterday. The world has lost one of its most talented and devoted musicians, he will be genuinely missed. Rest in peace, Dr. John.
Malcolm John Rebennack, aka Dr. John (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), was a singer, songwriter and musician from New Orleans, Louisiana and an iconic figure of the New Orleans music scene.
Dr. John started his career as a professional musician in the late 1950s. He performed in clubs and bars in New Orleans and worked with some of the most excellent musicians of the time, including Professor Longhair, James Booker and Earl King.
In 1968, Dr. John’s first breakthrough came in with the album Gris-Gris, a combination of New Orleans rhythm and blues with psychedelic rock. It was the beginning of a long and successful career, marked by the release of iconic albums such as In the right Place released in 1973. Dr. John is the winner of 6 Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Dr. John was also famous for his elaborate stage shows that bordered on voodoo religious ceremonies, including fancy costumes and headdress.