Dr. John

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2011

Inducted by: John Legend

Nominated in: 2011

First Eligible: 1994 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2005 (ranked #14 in the Sidemen (Individuals) category) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Gris-Gris (1968)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
I Walk On Guilded Splinters (1968)
Right Place Wrong Time (1973)
Big Gap (2010)

Dr. John @ Wikipedia

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I think he is worthy of induction. He is one of the greatest blues rock artist

Posted by roméo on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 07:19am


The Night Tripper belongs

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 09.3.07 @ 13:03pm


Top Talent.. From the "Gold Star Studio" Days as a sideman to his own music This Dr has more "GOLD" than China and North Africa put together
YES TO DR John

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 06:37am


Once again little chatter on this forum about another true rock star.. He was on more hit stuff than Madonna OR STING , Bono and even SRV have/had even thought of doing..
Advangart is a modest word for this DR.. He is beyond norm.. He b DR JOHN..Once agian no big Hollywood Hype .. Seems many on this forum are Hollywood Hype groupies If they read or see it.. they believe it... lol
carry on ...!!

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 16:52pm


80 votes for Dr John and god only knows how many for Kiss lol now that is funny HELLO HOLLYWOOD !!!!!!! YES if you can dig it.. from top studio cat 100 of hits to the night tripper YES to Mack

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 12.6.08 @ 22:42pm


Yes way over do {sideman}

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 01.27.09 @ 10:40am


Why to much talent But I can hope LOL I like Waits but the DR is the real thing..
YES

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 09.4.09 @ 22:19pm


Not a fan, but a good solid case can be made for him.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 09.4.09 @ 22:29pm


I realize I'm joining this conversation a little late, but I've always felt that Dr. John not being in the Hall of Fame is a travesty. If they can't see their way clear to vote him in as a performing artist in his own right, they should at least induct him as a side man, since he's backed up just about everybody who is anybody in popular music. I've always felt that his piano break on David Bromberg's "Don't Put That Thing On Me" is absolutely sublime . . . as is his work on albums by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Neil Diamond to James Taylor and Carly Simon's rendition of "Mockingbird."

Dr. John belongs in the Hall of Fame . . . no ifs, ands, or buts . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 22:54pm


Yes to Mack!

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 06:05am


http://rockhall.com/inductees/nominees/dr-john/

New Orleans' own Dr. John has been recording for more than 50 years. He is steeped in the rhythms and traditions of the city, and has spent his career championing its music. As he told New Orleans R&B historian Jeff Hannusch, “[New Orleans music] is part of whatever I’m about. The importance of it is beyond anything I do.” Born Mac Rebennack, he learned piano and guitar as a child. Schooled by Crescent City legends like Papoose Nelson, James Booker and Cosimo Matassa, Rebennack began recording in 1957; between 1956-1963, more than fifty of his songs were recorded in New Orleans. In 1965, Rebennack moved to Los Angeles and worked as a session player. Working with Harold Batiste, he created the Dr. John the Night Tripper character, a tribute to New Orleans musical and spiritual traditions that meshed perfectly with psychedelia. His first album Gris-Gris, was a masterpiece, evoking voodoo legends over a funky mix. In the first half of the 1970s, he released a series of albums that mixed New Orleans classics with his own original material, all driven by his remarkable piano playing and great bands, most notably his collaboration with Allen Toussaint and the Meters on “Right Place Wrong Time,” a smash funk hit. He has produced albums for Professor Longhair and Van Morrison, collaborated with Doc Pomus on a group of songs recorded by B.B. King on There Must Be A Better World Somewhere (1981), and released several acclaimed solo piano records. In recent years he has become a spokesman for the city and its musical history, all while continuing to record creative, challenging music.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 18:24pm


http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_halloffame_x2.html

FROM THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Dr. John

A near-legendary figure, musician and all-around character representing the melting pot of New Orleans music that makes the city so vital, had a long and varied career with a few big hits along the way. A name that other artists respect immensely and one who constantly keeps the heritage of the Big Easy musical kaleidoscope of sounds from slipping away. As eccentric and eclectic an artist that can be found anywhere in rock history, exactly the type of artist you'd think would've been inducted long ago. Thus far however he hasn't gotten so much as a nomination.

Qualifications: 7 - Solid Choice

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 18:39pm


FROM THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Dr. John

A near-legendary figure, musician and all-around character representing the melting pot of New Orleans music that makes the city so vital, had a long and varied career with only one big hit along the way, but lots of well-regarded classics to his credit. The former Mac Rebbenack, a session musician and arranger, who adapted the Dr. John the Night Tripper persona as a performer, was one of the first to successfully turn rock into theater and remains a name that other artists respect immensely and one who constantly keeps the heritage of the Big Easy musical kaleidoscope of sounds from slipping away. As eccentric and eclectic an artist that can be found anywhere in rock history you'd think that Dr. John would've been inducted long ago, just for that immortal image alone. His seminal 1968 album Gris Gris nearly invented the idea of underground rock and his stretch of funky records in the early 70's brought that sound to white radio. Never content to recycle his formula, Dr. John's later work has run the gamut of jazz and pop standards to down and dirty funk and blues. Few artists with as limited a commercial impact as Dr. John are as instantly identifiable.

Qualifications: 7 - Solid Choice

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 19:55pm


This year's Jimmy Cliff.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 06:36am


I just love Jimmys "Fantastic Plastic People" LP..

Posted by mrxyxomg on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 06:40am


Not a fan, but a good solid case can be made for him.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 09.4.09 @ 22:29pm


Now hear is a funny statement from Philip.... First it is Yes now it is NO LOL... A herd of flocks if I have ever seen one...Tell me it is not true LOL

Posted by mrxyxomg on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 06:51am


mrxyz, you are really little more than a troll, you realize that? You're trolling me right now because Gitarzan is not around.

I never said yes, I said a case could be made for him. I still don't think he'll make it. I, at least, am willing to admit I can be wrong.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 13:24pm


Philip..This is a article from the LA Time..s Seem some music critics understand where I am coming from.. But I am sure you will find that it does not say what it says LOL


"Yet Waits would easily fit on a playlist with Dr. John. The New Orleans stalwart connected roots music to psychedelic rock in ways similar to what the California contrarian, in his mid-period, did for it and post-punk".

Posted by mrxyxomg on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 20:21pm


Maybe I just read it differently, then. But imo, using the critics as the basis for your argument IS buying into hype. But to me it says, they both have similar roots, which while yielding two very different directions, would make for a playlist that's not entirely dissimilar. Which is what you're bound to get when two artists do have similar roots.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 20:42pm


Maybe I just read it differently, then. But imo, using the critics as the basis for your argument IS buying into hype. But to me it says, they both have similar roots, which while yielding two very different directions, would make for a playlist that's not entirely dissimilar. Which is what you're bound to get when two artists do have similar roots.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 20:42pm


LOL you are to many things....It seems you can twist anything ..I guess they would need to say "Waits sounds like DR John on many of his tunes" Which it does say........ You just don't like learning at any cost LOL??? stay you LOL

Posted by mrxyxomg on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 20:55pm


Dude, I just asked you in the other thread to point out some songs where Waits sounds like he borrowed from Dr. John, so how can you say I'm unwilling to learn at any cost? I'm YouTubing a boatload of Tom Waits right now, and I gotta tell you, there's WAY more evident influence of Leonard Cohen than Dr. John. The closest thing I've come to hearing it is on Waits' cover of "Sea Of Love" which uses a rhythmic toms/bass drum line, but it's nowhere near the syncopated-funk level that Dr. John played on a consistent level.

I'm listening, and I'm not hearing it. Trying to learn.

Posted by Philp on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 21:03pm


'bout time . . . congrats, Doc! . . . well deserved honor (though I can't figure out why John Legend in the one presenting you) . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 04:29am


Why the hell has his induction video not surfaced yet on youtube?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 08:37am


Why the hell has his induction video not surfaced yet on youtube?

Posted by Roy on Monday, 02.20.12 @ 20:20pm


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