Big Fan: Mac Rebannack, aka Dr. John
Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. (born November 21, 1940) aka Dr. John. In honor of the release of his new, absolutely fantastic LP – Locked Down, (produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys), it’s time to recognize Dr. John, The Night Tripper. Active as a respected session musician in the 50’s in New Orleans, Dr. John moved to LA in the 60’s, not only for work opportunities, but also to escape his many run-ins with the New Orleans police and a growing herion addiction (everyone moves to LA to get off herion). In LA he worked w/ Sonny & Cher, Frank Zappa and most of the West Coast stars of the time. While there, and obviousely lonely for New Orleans, he created his Dr. John Character – named after an old Voodoo/Hoodoo practioner from the 1880s. His first LP as Dr. John, Gris Gris is a classic. He would eventually strike it rich w/ his only real hit, Right Place, Wrong Time. He would continue recording music, some great, some not and doing session work for all the New Orleans stars as well as The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Willy DeVille, Rickie Lee Jones, The Band and on and on. He wrote a great autobiography – Under a Hoodoo Moon – read it now, and recorded some great soul, funk, New Orleans, jazz, rock music. He’s also hilarious in a pretty cool movie called Candy Mountain.