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Dr. John

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Dr. John

American singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll add

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1940.

Countries: United States (70%), United Kingdom (7%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Allen Toussaint, Blues, Louisiana

Linked to: Fox Broadcasting Company, Jesuit High School, Tulane University, Nonesuch Records

 

Timeline


 

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Dr. John was born in 1940 add something


1950

Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music - Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late sixties following the release of his album "Gris-Gris" and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music add something

 

During the 1950s, he sold narcotics, ran a whorehouse, and even opened a business offering abortions add something


1959

He had a regional hit with a Bo Diddley-influenced instrumental called "Storm Warning" on Rex Records in 1959 add something


1960

Beginning in the late 1960s, Rebennack gained fame as a solo artist after adopting the persona of "Dr. John, The Night Tripper" add something

 

His characteristic, nameless genre of jazzy funk, emphasized with a flair of psychedelic rock, was a direct image of his drug habit throughout his hoodoo albums of the 1960s and up through the 1970s add something


1965

His sentence ended in 1965 and he left for Los Angeles add something


1968

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - "Gris-Gris", his 1968 debut album combining voodoo rhythms and chants with the New Orleans music tradition, was ranked 143rd on "Rolling Stone"'s "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list add something


1969

Also in 1969, Dr. John contributed to the "Music from Free Creek" "supersession" project, playing on three tracks with Eric Clapton add something

 

John's song "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" was covered in 1969 by Marsha Hunt and produced by Tony Visconti; in June 1969 by Cher on her "3614 Jackson Highway" album, and was released as a single; and in July 1970 by Johnny Jenkins, whose supporting musicians included slide guitarist Duane Allman and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai_Johanny_Johanson; Allman performed on "Ton Ton Macoute", the album that contained it add something


1970

Dr. John's longtime confidant and personal manager, Paul Howrilla was responsible for moving Dr. John from Los Angeles to New York and securing the "crossover" work, as well as modifying Dr. John's image from the 1970s to the 1990s add something

 

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 add something


1972

Along with "Gris-Gris", Dr. John is perhaps best known for his recordings during 1972-1974 add something

 

He has been a prominent session musician throughout his career, playing piano on the Rolling Stones' 1972 song "Let It Loose", as well as backing Carly Simon and James Taylor in their duet of "Mockingbird" in 1974 and Neil Diamond on 1976's "Beautiful Noise" add something


1973

He played on three songs on Maria Muldaur's 1973 solo debut album, including his composition "Three Dollar Bill" add something

 

In 1973, with Allen Toussaint producing and The Meters backing, Dr. John released the seminal New Orleans funk album, "In the Right Place" add something

 

In early 1973 Thomas Jefferson Kaye produced an album featuring a collaboration with Dr. John, Mike Bloomfield and John Paul Hammond add something

 

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 add something


1974

John attempted to capitalize on "In the Right Place"'s successful formula, again collaborating with Allen Toussaint and The Meters for his next album, "Desitively Bonnaroo", released in 1974 add something


1975

In 1975 Dr. John's manager, Richard Flanzer, hired legendary producer Bob Ezrin add something


1976

On Thanksgiving Day 1976 he performed at the farewell concert for The Band, which was filmed and released as "The Last Waltz" add something


1977

He contributed three songs as writer or co-writer and played guitar and keyboards on Levon Helm's 1977 release, "Levon Helm and the RCO Allstars" add something

 

He was co-producer on Van Morrison's 1977 album "A Period of Transition" and played keyboards and guitar add something

 

He performed on the March 19, 1977 episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" add something


1978

His movie credits include Martin Scorsese's documentary "The Last Waltz" , the 1978 Beatles-inspired musical "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", and "Blues Brothers 2000" add something


1979

He played keyboards on the highly successful 1979 solo debut album by Rickie Lee Jones and has toured with Willy DeVille and contributed to his "Return to Magenta" , "Victory Mixture" , "Backstreets of Desire" , and "Big Easy Fantasy" albums add something

 

In 1979, he collaborated with the legendary Professor Longhair on Fess's last recording "Crawfish Fiesta", as a guitarist and co-producer add something


1980

He failed to heed the warnings of friends and paid no attention to his mother's concern; through the 1980s he continued his habit, failing to beat addiction after numerous stays at rehabilitation add something

 

The album was awarded the first W.C. Handy Blues Album of the Year in 1980, and was released shortly after Longhair's death in January, 1980 add something


1981

In 1981 and 1983 Dr. John recorded two solo piano albums for the Baltimore-based Clean Cuts label add something


1982

He wrote and performed the score for the film version of John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" released in 1982 add something


1985

His music has been featured in many films including "New Look" in "National Lampoon's European Vacation" in 1985 and "Such a Night" in "Colors" in 1988 add something


1989

Between July and September 1989, Dr. John toured in the first Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, alongside Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Nils Lofgren, Jim Keltner, Joe Walsh, Billy Preston and Clarence Clemons add something

 

Finally, after experiencing cardiac problems in New York, Dr. John exited his final rehabilitation stint, sober, in December 1989 add something


1990

A version of "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" with Harry Connick, Jr. was released on Connick's album "20" and VHS "Singin' & Swingin"' in 1990 add something

 

He went on to struggle with psychiatric problems throughout the 1990s, but today is sober and mentally stable with the help of medication add something

 

The tour produced the 1990 live album "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band" add something

 

While Dr. John stated in an interview during 1990s that he'd like to work with Toussaint again for a full album, this has yet to come to fruition add something


1991

Dr. John recorded "I'm On a Roll", the last song written with Pomus prior to Pomus' death in 1991, for the now out-of-print Rhino/Forward Records 1995 tribute to Pomus titled "Til the Night Is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus" that included covers of Pomus-penned songs by Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, Brian Wilson, the Band, Los Lobos, Dion, Rosanne Cash, Solomon Burke and Lou Reed add something

 

According to Doc Pomus' daughter, Dr. John and her father were very close friends as well as writing partners; Dr. John delivered one of a number of eulogies and performed with singer Jimmy Scott at Pomus' funeral on March 17, 1991, in New York City add something


1992

He performed as the first American artist at the Franco Follies festival in 1992 add something

 

He sang on four songs and played piano on two songs on Muldaur's 1992 "Louisiana Love Call" add something

 

In 1992 Dr. John released the album "Goin' Back to New Orleans" which included many classic songs from New Orleans and many great New Orleans based musicians like Aaron Neville, the Neville brothers, Al Hirt and Pete Fountain backed up Dr. John on this album add something


1993

In 1993, his hit song "Right Place Wrong Time" was used extensively in the movie "Dazed and Confused" add something


1994

In his 1994 autobiography, "Under a Hoodoo Moon", Dr. John writes, "In 1972, I recorded "Gumbo", an album that was both a tribute to and my interpretation of the music I had grown up with in New Orleans in the 1940s and 1950s add something

 

It would be his last pure funk album until 1994 with "Television", although like his voodoo and traditional New Orleans R&B influences, funk has continued to heavily influence most of his work to the present day, especially in his concerts add something


1997

In 1997, he appeared on the charity single version of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" add something

 

Captain Beefheart - According to Dr. John Lane, director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in 1997, although Van Vliet's work has associations with mainstream abstract expressionist painting, more importantly he was a self-taught artist and his painting "has that same kind of edge the music has


1998

Frontman Jason Pierce, a fan of John's music, reciprocated by guesting on John's 1998 album "Anutha Zone" along with drummer Damon Reece and guitarist Thighpaulsandra add something

 

It wasn't until 1998's "Anutha Zone" that he would again concentrate on this aspect of his music wholly for a full album add something


1999

It earned a place on "Offbeat" magazine's 1999 listing of the Top 100 Louisiana CDs add something


2005

In November 2005, he released a four-song EP, "Sippiana Hericane", to benefit New Orleans Musicians Clinic, Salvation Army, and the Jazz Foundation of America add something


2006

On February 5, 2006, he joined fellow New Orleans native Aaron Neville, Detroit resident Aretha Franklin and a 150-member choir for the national anthem at Super Bowl XL as part of a pre-game tribute to New Orleans add something

 

On February 8, 2006, he joined Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, The Edge, and Irma Thomas to perform "We Can Can" as the closing performance at the Grammy awards of 2006 add something

 

On May 12, 2006, Dr. John recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios for "Live from Abbey Road" add something

 

On July 30, 2006, Dr. John performed a solo piano benefit for New Orleans composer and arranger Wardell Quezergue at a New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund benefit at the Black Orchid Theatre in Chicago add something


2008

In January 2008, Dr. John, was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame add something


2009

In the 2009 Disney film "The Princess and the Frog", Dr. John sings the opening tune, "Down in New Orleans" add something


2010

He reigned as King of the Krewe du Vieux for the 2010 New Orleans Mardi Gras season add something

 

On May 13, 2010, Dr. John played alongside The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and was warmly greeted by Jimmy's first guest, Keith Richards add something

 

In June 2010, Dr John played at Glastonbury festival, Shepton Mallet, UK. add something


2011

In 2011 Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and The Meters performed "Desitively Bonnaroo" at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee as part of the festival's tenth year celebration add something

 

In 2011 he collaborated with Hugh Laurie on the song "After You've Gone" on his album "Let Them Talk" add something

 

John played keyboards and had a major role in shaping Gregg Allman's 2011 album "Low Country Blues" which was produced by $T-Bone_Burnett (T_Bone_Burnett) add something

 

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 add something


2012

In 2012, he released "Locked Down", a collaboration with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who produces and plays guitar add something


2013

In May 2013, Rebennack was the recipient of an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University add something

 

Allen Toussaint - Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and the Dalai Lama were *awarded honorary Doctorates by Tulane University in 2013


2014

In 2014 he performed at the NBA All Star Game as did Pharell Williams and Janelle Monae add something

 

In 2014, Dr. John will release his Louis Armstrong tribute album "://sites add something


2016

John and the Nite Trippers appeared at the Hollywood Bowl tribute "Yes We Can Can" for his late friend Allen Toussaint on July 20, 2016 add something


2017

As of 2017, Dr. John's band members are New Orleans musicians Roland Guerin, music director, bass and vocals; Herlin Riley, drums and vocals; and Eric Struthers, Guitar add something

 

On November 1, 2017, Dr. John celebrated Mac Month as proclaimed by the New Orleans City Council in a reception at Napoleon House, and his birthday was proclaimed Dr. John Day in the City of New Orleans for the fact that he "rose to international recognition for his musical funkitude in performing, writing and producing add something


2019

On June 6, 2019, Dr. John died of a heart attack add something