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Dr. John Highlights


Mac Rebennack, an esteemed musician better known as Dr. John, is born in New Orleans.


Dr. John makes his first recordings for an instrumental album that is never released.


Dr. John releases his first single, “Storm Warning,” credited to Mac Rebennack (his birth name).


Dr. John’s first album, Gris-Gris, is released. Though it doesn’t make Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, it will sell steadily and become a cult classic.


“Wash, Mama, Wash,” by Dr. John bubbles under the Billboard singles chart. Though it misses the Hot 100, it is a high-charting regional hit in and around New Orleans.


The Sun, Moon & Herbs, the fourth in Dr. John’s voodoo-steeped series of albums (following Gris-Gris, Babylon and Remedies) is released.


“Iko, Iko,” by Dr. John, enters the Hot 100, marking his first appearance on the national chart. It is the first single from Gumbo, Dr. John’s groundbreaking tribute to New Orleans music.


In the Right Place, Dr. John’s sixth album – and the one that will make a household name of him – is released. It will peak at #24, his highest-charting album.


Triumvirate, an album of roots music by the trio of Mike Bloomfield, John Hammond Jr. and Dr. John, is released.


“Right Place, Wrong Time,” by Dr. John, reaches #9. His first (and only) Top Ten hit, it will spend a total of five months on the charts.


“Such a Night,” another hit from Dr. John’s In the Right Place album, just misses the Top Forty, reaching #42.


Desitively Bonnaroo, by Dr. John – his second collaboration with Allen Toussaint and the Meters – is released.


Dr. John releases Hollywood Be Thy Name, produced by Bob Ezrin.


Dr. John releases City Lights, the first of several albums cut with producer Tommy LiPuma.


Dr. John releases Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack, the first-ever album on which he performs unaccompanied. The Brightest Smile in Town, a sequel in a similar vein, appears two years later.


In a Sentimental Mood, an album of standards by Dr. John, is released.


Dr. John wins a Grammy Award (his first) for “Makin’ Whoopee!,” a duet with Rickie Lee Jones, in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, category.


Dr. John records Going Back to New Orleans in his hometown, surveying a century’s worth of New Orleans music. It will win a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.


Dr. John issues a new album (Television) and his autobiography (Under a Hoodoo Moon) simultaneously. Crescent City Gold, a collaboration between Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and other New Orleans legends, appears two weeks later.


Dr. John releases Anutha Zone, a return to the swamp-funk vibe of Gris-Gris.


Dr. John releases Creole Moon, an homage to the many musical strains – from Cajun to Creole, jazz to funk – that have flavored New Orleans music.


Dr. John’s N’Awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’Udda, an album recorded in New Orleans with some of its most esteemed musicians, is released on Blue Note Records.


Dr. John and the Lower 911 release City That Care Forgot, which will win a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.


Dr. John is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 26th annual induction dinner in New York. John Legend is his presenter.