This day (November 21, 1940), in New Orleans, Louisiana, is born Malcolm John ‘Mac’ Rebennack, Jr. , a.k.a. Dr. John, an American singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as Zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll.
Wikipedia : This day (November 21, 1940), in New Orleans, Louisiana, is born Malcolm John ‘Mac’ Rebennack, Jr. , a.k.a. Dr. John, an American singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as Zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll.
Official Web Site : A notorious gun incident forced the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent Dr. John west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin to name a few.
Official website of Dr. John the Night (Nite) Tripper : During that time he also launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Nite Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots.
@last.fm : Dr. John has been making his own idiosyncratic music since the 1960s. Along with Professor Longhair, Dr. John 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.
@Discogs : Rebennack began playing the piano at the age of six and, as he grew up, he became strongly influenced by the style of Roy Byrd (aka Professor Longhair). He immersed himself in the music and voodoo cultures of New Orleans, where he became known as Mac Rebennack, playing the organ in strip-clubs with ‘make-up’ bands in the French Quarter.