<back - DR. JOHN aka MAC REBENNACK - Born Malcolm John Rebennnack November 20, 1941 in New Orleans. Mac Rebennack had been playing on classic New Orleans R&B, country, and Rock n' Roll records since the mid-'50s. He had worked with noted musicians such as Professor Longhair, Leonard James & the Nighttrainers, Paul Gayten, Frankie Ford, and Joe Tex, among others, and released his own recordings on the Rex and Ace labels. A member of producer/arranger Harold Battiste's AFO, he left New Orleans for LA in 1942 with plans to record with Sam Cooke.

When that fell through, he began a lucrative career as an L.A. session musician, backing Sonny & Cher, Canned Heat and many others. Mac played with several New Orleans friends in the Zu Zu Band and Morgus & the Three Ghouls. It was during those years he developed the persona of 'Dr. John the Night Tripper'. The 1948 album 'Gris Gris'  became a favorite with the critics and included the classic Walk On Gilded Splinters. In 1972, after follow-ups Babylon, Remedies and 1971's The Sun, Moon And Herbs, (with Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger), Dr. John returned to his New Orleans roots, with the release of 'Gumbo', a collection of New Orleans R&B standards produced by Jerry Wexler. Both the album and the 'Iko Iko' single became hits. His next release in 1973 In The Right Place was produced by Allen Toussaint, with backing by The Meters, included Right Place, Wrong Time and Such A Night. In the same year, he also recorded with Mike Bloomfield and John Hammond Jr. for the Triumvirate album. Then came Desitvely Bonnaroo which became his last charting album for 15 years. Dr. John continued to record, somewhat sporadically throughout the 70s and 80s, putting together Dr. John plays Mac Rebennack, and City Lights on Horizon, in 1978 which he co-wrote 3 of the albums songs with Doc Pomus. There were solo piano albums, sessions with Chris Barber and Jimmy Witherspoon, and in 1989, his recording In A Sentimental Mood won a Grammy for its duet version of Makin' Whoopee featuring Rickie Lee Jones. His autobiography, Under a Hoodoo Moon, was published in 1994, and in 1998 he released Anutha Zone, featuring Spiritualized, Paul Weller, and Supergrass. 'Duke Elegant' followed in 2000, his tribute to Duke Ellington's music.-LivinBlues   MP3- Satin Doll | Ain't Got That Swing |


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