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Dr. John: Rock´s Beloved Wild Card
Wall Street Journal, by Marc Myers

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Posted By:Hazymac, 8/14/2014 12:15:20 PM

Relaxing at home between concert tours, Mac Rebennack leaned his two carved walking sticks against the wall and sat down hard on his piano bench. Known more famously as Dr. John, Mr. Rebennack spent the next half hour at his baby grand illustrating the New Orleans stride and boogie-woogie styles that were the backbone of R&B in the 1950s and his own swamp-rock of the 1960s and beyond. "This here´s the butterfly stride that James Booker taught me," said Mr. Rebennack, 73, dressed casually in black slacks, black loafers, a leafy gray-blue tropical shirt and an oversize charcoal newsboy cap.

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Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack´s music has brought joy to millions. In the link below to Marian McPartland´s Piano Jazz, he speaks of his influences and experiences as he plays and sings in his own unique style. In particular, listen to his rendition of "Don´t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin´," which is not the same as Gerry and the Pacemakers´ song. This music gets down into your soul.

http://www.npr.org/2012/10/12/130913700/dr-john-on-piano-jazz

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scrubber, 8/14/2014 12:51:05 PM     (No. 9965854)

Saw him as an opening act for, as I recall, The Allman Brothers. He was 11,344 times better than the Allmans who were probably stoned stiff, and played boring music boringly.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: nerdowell, 8/14/2014 1:13:55 PM     (No. 9965885)

A true musician and role model for all the youth of this country, including--especially-- 50+ year old youth.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 8/14/2014 1:31:40 PM     (No. 9965913)

we saw Marian McPartland once at Yoshi´s in Oakland. great show. Sometimes the old stuff really is the best...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 8/14/2014 2:18:53 PM     (No. 9965981)

Oh my! Days of old. I have a couple of Dr, John´s labums and a tape or two. Professor Longhair too, and the Meters, the Radiators, the Neville Brothers. I play them sometimes and add in

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 8/14/2014 2:32:29 PM     (No. 9965992)

Oh my! Days of old--lonely trumpet from an open window in the French Quarter at three in the morning, walking up to Le Richelieu (where the McCartneys often stayed) to get a cab home as a gentle rain began to fall.

I have a couple of Dr, John´s albums and a tape or two. Professor Longhair as well--he often turns up on the old tape player on Mardi Gras Day, with his song of the same name--and the Meters, Li´l Queenie and the Radiators, the Neville Brothers . . . . I play them sometimes and add in Randy Newman´s "Louisiana 1927." Then I play some Dusty Springfield. A good wallow in that old music and tape collection does me good.

You have good taste, OP.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tank, 8/14/2014 2:39:03 PM     (No. 9965999)

Thanks for the post. Loves me some Mac. Last saw him a few years ago open for Cindy Lauper. She had recently recorded a duet on his latest album, and they performed ´´Makin´ Whoopee.´´ Good stuff.

Looking forward to this new album, as I´m a big Satchmo fan too.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: steph_gray, 8/14/2014 4:10:37 PM     (No. 9966086)

Thanks, great article, especially for keyboard players (I am one).

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