He was known as The Night Tripper, but is best known as Dr. John. Born Malcolm John Rebennack in 1941, he was steeped in the music of New Orleans and all of the contributing influences that made the NOLA sound a gumbo of many genres. He would become both an inspiration an a mentor to many and drew equal joy from working with little known talented players to internationally celebrated musicians. He was in the right place at the right time and with the right frame of mind to become one of the great American musicians of his age.
Inducted by the Rock Hall Of Fame in 2011, he said, " What goes around slides around, and what slides around slips around. As long as it’s slippin’ and slidin’ around, we ain’t got to trip through the shortcuts of life. We can take the long way around. It’s the shortcuts that kill you.
The best thing you can be ‘like’ in music is yourself.” It always was for him.
The good Dr. passed away today after suffering a heart attack at the age of 77.