Sat Eye Candy: Dr. John


You ain't as freaky as me…
Dr. John celebrated his birthday yesterday and while a day late we're not a dollar short in honoring great souls like the Doc. The man born Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. on November 21, 1941 has done MUCH for our collective musical health, serving as an ambassador to New Orleans and the spirit world running behind it. Beyond his own work, his piano and songwriting are threaded into the workings of contemporary soul and rock in a foundational way, a flavor as American as hamburgers and apple pie 'cept it's our minds and spirits that get stuffed. You can write us a prescription anytime, Doctor, sir. Happy birthday, Mac, you're one of the best!

Slap on your face paint and pull out the feather headdress 'cause The Night Tripper is here to take you away like a pleasant scent on warm Gulf breeze.

David Sanborn, in a sporty string tie, asks Dr. John a few questions about Mardi Gras before a pretty dang funky "Iko Iko" that probably set someone's grandma's place on fire.

An educator as well as an entertainer, here's the Doctor schoolin' us on Pine Top Smith's "Pine Top Boogie" solo style.

Back to his Night Tripper days for a lil' mule ride.

As earthy as they come, here's Dr. John with Rickie Lee Jones and a big band "Makin' Whoopee."

In the realm of three-minute wonders, there's few better than "Such A Night," and this solo live take from 1981 is totally sweet.

Remember when MTV showed a bit of good music? Well, the first season of Unplugged featured an episode with Dr. John. Here he is getting' down with host Jules Shear and a shaggy Joe Walsh on "Let The Good Times Roll."

We conclude with a convocation of New Orleans royalty – Dr. John, The Meters, Professor Longhair and Earl King - singing about that ol' "Big Chief." Sound is low so crank it up and let all nearly eight minutes lubricate your weekend.

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[Published on: 11/22/08]

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phunkle starstarstarstarstar Sat 11/22/2008 06:24AM
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Great choice for this week's eye candy. I love the Dr. Saw him a couple of years ago and he still put on one hell of a show! And he weras probably the best outfits of anyone out there!

ozarkkeegan Sat 11/22/2008 08:21AM
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Definitely Has the best outfit out there!

RobHornfeck starstarstarstarstar Sat 11/22/2008 08:21AM
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Man...the Iko makes remember that tv show "Night Music". That was on when I was a kid, not yet allowed to stay out past 10! I'd get home, put that show on, and it turned me on to a lot of good music. What a killer back-up band. WHY ISN'T THERE ANYTHING LIKE THAT ON TV NOWADAYS?!?! If there is, please let me know! Real musicians playing real music...what a concept!

breadloaf starstarstarstarstar Sat 11/22/2008 08:57AM
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When I first started seeing the Dead as a kid, we were too dumb to even know that IKO and all that stuff came from the deep New Orleans traditions, Dr. John an inheritor of such and a master keeper-of-the-flame. Saw him one night down at Buddy Guy's club in Chicago and Buddy sat in all night, they had such a great time together. Check out Dr. John's reading of the classic, "Black Night." His work with Rickie Lee Jones is stellar, as well.

jazzfester starstarstarstarstar Sat 11/22/2008 09:02AM
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My, the audience is so behaved in that last clip.

Felonius Monkey starstarstarstarstar Sat 11/22/2008 11:30AM
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Felonius Monkey

If you look up "cool" in the dictionary, I'm pretty sure you will find a picture of Dr. John there.

iwantstogetfunkedup Sat 11/22/2008 11:58AM
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Dr. John's Gumbo and Right Place Wrong Time and Desitively Bonnaroo with the Meters backing him or 3 of my most favorite records of all time. Any lover of funky music must own all of these records! Long live the Dr...

Road To Shambala Sat 11/22/2008 06:29PM
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Road To Shambala

Nice way to waste away a Saturday jammin to the puter. By the way Jambase, shame on you for not pointing out Jeff Healey on the IKO performance.

Flat5 Sat 11/22/2008 07:39PM
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damn Dr John is a cool motherfucker!

schofizzl Sat 11/22/2008 11:44PM
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ahhh that night music clip comes complete with VHS effects.. gets me all nostalgic.

philhitz Mon 11/24/2008 11:03AM
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mac rebbenack is the night tripper -- happy b-day mr. bonnaroo!

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/24/2008 11:14AM
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Was lucky enough to see this legend once solo "front row!" & he had on one of the most pimp suits & hats I have ever seen. Then once with his band @ Voodoo Fest... he is one of the best ever. Dr. J rules

gregboyer starstarstarstar Tue 11/25/2008 07:46AM
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Dr. John rocks. I'll never forget seeing him during a hail storm at Hookahville in 2001. One of the weirdest sets I've been too. Getting pelted steadily while jamming to the New Orleans sound.

flowerpunk Tue 11/25/2008 03:27PM
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I saw the Good Doctor at Yoshi's in San Francisco last Spring, and he may be 67 years old, but he was still puttin' out the good stuff. Happy birthday Mac!