By Chris Morris. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course. After flashing his fantastical character on a quartet of early albums that garnered him an enthusiastic underground following, Dr. King, among others. He grew up in a musical environment, and began playing the family piano early. He acquired a guitar as an adolescent, and it became his principal instrument during his early professional career. On Christmas Eve on a tour stop in Jacksonville, Fla. During a slow recovery, he moved first to bass, and later to keyboards. On his release from jail in , he headed to Los Angeles, where a group of New Orleans expatriates that included producer-arranger Harold Battiste had set up shop as studio musicians. John, he was a figure larger than life.
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Wherever musicians gathered, Dr John, who has died aged 77, was revered as songwriter, singer, arranger and pianist. He began to develop a cult following with the release of his first major-label album, Gris-Gris , a startling brew of voodoo funk and strange incantations, epitomised by the eerie eight-minute mantra I Walk on Guilded Splinters. Nobody had heard anything like it, including his label boss, Ahmet Ertegun. He took the album on tour with a show resembling a bayou magic act, decking himself out in outlandish feathers, witch-doctor robes and headdresses. For a time the act also featured a man calling himself Prince Kiyama, who would bite the heads off live chickens onstage. He failed to reach such sales heights again, but was widely acclaimed across the rest of his career, and won six Grammys for various albums and singles.
Mac Rebennack, the New Orleans pianist, singer-songwriter and producer better known as Dr. John , died Thursday at the age of The cause of death was a heart attack, according to his family. The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be arranged in due course. Mac played many times with the Brothers. I love the doctor. Rebennack began putting out his own records in with the release of his debut album Gris-Gris.
New Orleans musician Dr. He and the Band were on a bill that included the New Orleans studio musician and songwriter Mac Rebennack, newly reinvented as Dr. John , the Night Tripper. Just then, the rain stopped. John was always modest about his place in the history of New Orleans music. But few embodied the spirit of New Orleans, or helped take it to strange new places, the way Dr. John did.