Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

New Orleans musician Dr. John dies at 77

New Orleans musician Dr. John dies at 77

The family thanks all who have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time.

"His funky approach to blending musical styles and imaginative persona helped diversify the New Orleans Sound", said Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, which awarded Dr. John with six Grammy Awards from 15 nominations.

Dr. John, a six-time Grammy victor who in his incarnation as the "Night Tripper" brought the New Orleans voodoo vibe to America's music scene and became one of the most venerated pianists in the city's rich musical history, died on Thursday at age 77.

According to a statement from Dr. John's family, shared by the Associated Press, memorial arrangements are being planned.

The pinnacle of his career was when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend in 2011.

Let's take a trip to New Orleans and explore some of Dr. John's greatest hits.

Stars from the music world and beyond been paying tribute to Dr. John and his unique talent. At one time, second-line parades were only experienced by participants and neighborhood spectators. Then World Cafe host Dye was greeted by a friendly and jovial Dr. John, and together they explored some of the sights in the city Dr. John was born in including a cemetery and a voodoo temple.

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"(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away" is off of Dr. John's 1974 album Desitively Bonnaroo and it is quick, funky and packs a punch.

Dr. John was married twice and told the New York Times he had "a lot" of children.

Dr John was born on November 20, 1941, and rose to prominence as a session musician in the New Orleans scene in the late 50s playing guitar and bass.

As well as being on Dr. John's 1974 album, "Such a Night" was also performed as part of The Band's The Last Waltz concert. Some of these artists include Widespread Panic, Humble Pie and the Allman Brothers Band.

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of some of Mac's most enduring song.

Read some of the other tributes to Dr John below.

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