Dr. John

Born 21 November 1940.

New Orleans blues pianist, singer and songwriter

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Dr. John - Interview with Jamie Cullum

Jamie meets one of his musical heroes, the piano player, singer and composer Dr. John, who talks about his incredible life and career.

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Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack. (born November 21, 1940), better known by the stage name Dr. John (also Dr. John Creaux, or Dr. John the Night Tripper), is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll.

Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960s following the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He came to wider prominence in the early 1970s with a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack has recorded over 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with the jaunty funk-flavored "Right Place Wrong Time", still perhaps his best-known song.

The winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend on March 14, 2011. In May 2013, Rebennack was the recipient of an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University. He was jokingly referred to by Tulane's president, Scott Cowen, as "Dr. Dr. John".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Locked Down

    Locked Down 2012

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    A very 21st century LP from an ageless artist always worth listening to.
  2. Review of Mercernary

    Mercernary 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Business as usual for the former Night Tripper, then. But business that's most welcome...
  3. Review of Creole Moon

    Creole Moon

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Proper funky New Orleans R'n'B, dished up in a swampy setting that would make a zombie...
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