Top 10 Best Dr John Songs
In honor of his trailblazing life, we're rounding up the top 10 Dr John songs. On the 6th of June 2019, Malcom John Rebennack Jr. more commonly known as Dr John passed away. Native to New Orleans, his music encompassed a diverse range of forms such as blues, jazz, funk, boogie-woogie, and rock'n'roll.
1. Right Place Wrong Time (1973)
Probably one of the most recognised Dr John songs, the fine groove of “Right Place Wrong Time” secured him his only top 10 hit. This was his first time working with producer Allen Toussaint, which meant that he got backing from Toussaint’s up and coming house band, the Meters.
2. Such a Night (1973)
Performed at the Band’s 1976 Last Waltz concert, “Such a Night” was originally written in 1953 by Lincoln Chase. Dr John’s version of the song is truly great. We love the funky and swingy feel.
3. Iko Iko (1972)
One of the most covered Dr John songs in the New Orleans music scene, “Iko Iko” is a tale of two tribes of Mardi Gras Indians. It featured on his 1972 album Dr. John’s Gumbo. Here’s what he wrote about the song in his album liner notes.
4.Mama Roux (1968)
Also from his 1968 album Gris Gris, “Mama Roux” was co-composed with Jessie Hill, another New Orleans R&B singer best remembered for the classic song “Ooh Poo Pah Doo.” The song is deeply rooted in New Orleans funk, but enthused with Afro-Caribbean percussion creating a steady rhythm throughout.
5. I Walk on Guilded Splinters (1968)
I Walk on Guilded Splinters is the closing track of his debut album Gris Gris. The track fuses traditional New Orleans and psychedelic sounds, becoming a staple song in voodoo culture.
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