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Legendary New Orleans blues pianist Dr John dies at 77

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By Bill Trott

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Another great gone. Went to several of his concerts and bought his albums.

"Right Place, Wrong Time"

"Such A Night"

"Traveling Mood"

"What Comes Around"

"Me-You=Loneliness"

"Let's Make A Better World"

"Iko Iko" (James "Sugarbaby"

"Let the Good Times Roll"

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We CAN all live together and prosper BECAUSE we are different and we are more than the sum of our parts like the gumbo. New Orleans is the soul of the USA and Dr. John is the embodiment of New Orleans. Oh and you can shake a tail feather to that isht too!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

RIP Mac.

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1970, Gris-Gris.

Spent many stoned and drunken nights listening to that album with friends, some of whom are no longer around to listen.

Dr John sounded like he really did come out of the swamp, just like Jump Sturdy. It was hard to believe when he turned out to be a real live human being. And now, he's no longer around - but I've still got that very same LP to listen to.

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A fascinating life story--this article is way too brief to do him any justice, so look at nola.com for some detailed reporting. For example, I was surprised by how prolific the young Mac Rebbenack was: by the age of 17 in the late 1950s, other groups had already recorded 70 of his co-compositions, and his main instrument was guitar until he was shot in the hand defending the lead singer of one of his groups who was being pistol whipped. The Dr. John "night tripper" persona was his post-prison west coast comeback phase of his career.

@Zichi--that is a strong list of gems featuring the likes of the Meters, and amazingly into the 1990s he funked it up even more with songs like "Big Chief."

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RIP Dr. John

Here's one of my favorite videos with Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Earl King (RIP each) and NOLA legends the Meters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsffJD6-xe8&fbclid=IwAR0qlqPuztvOKMP3RZT5BtLe_2KTGW50KYT2nFwqgKxzWOhcdgcVNWtoz1k

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Correction: this video, not the link above:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I09FChrTDJw

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With a unique vocal style reminiscent of a bullfrog with a hangover,

Lol!

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