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Dr. John Highlights


1941

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

1957

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

1959

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

1968

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.

1970

“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.

1971

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

1972

“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.

1973

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.

1973

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

1973

“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.

1973

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

1974

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

1975

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

1978

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

1981

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.

1989

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

1990

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.

1992

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.

1994

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.

1998

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

2001

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.

2004

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.

2008

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

2011

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.

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