Obituary: Dr John
LEGENDARY musician Dr John has died, aged 77, after heart attack.
The legendary Grammy award-winning musician, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, known as Dr John had six Grammy awards and was a pioneer blending dmusic styles to create a unique sound. He recorded over 20 albums with a range of music styles of blues, jazz, boogie and rock and roll.
Dr John was born on November 20, 1941, and got his big break in the sixties. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend in 2011. He was a six-time Grammy award-winning musician.
He had not been seen in public since the end of 2017 after he cancelled several of his concerts.
He lost his left hand ring finger in 1961 in a shooting incident, but his solo hit Right Place, Wrong Time was a big hit and he was well-known for his extravagant style and carnival-style concerts. His lively, theatrical stage show was inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes, and voodoo ceremonies.
He was a session musician from the late 1950s until his death. He gained a following in the late 1960s from his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He recorded 30 studio albums and nine live albums, as well as contributing to thousands of other musicians’ recordings.