This week on Art of the Song we pay tribute to a true legend. Known to his fans as “Dr. John" and to his friends as “Mac,” Malcolm John Rebennack passed away on June 6, 2019 at the age of 77. To quote Jim Cheng of USA Today, “His music, spiced with his gravelly vocals, was a gumbo of blues, R&B, rock and roll, with a bit of New Orleans voodoo thrown in for good measure." Starting out as a session musician in the 1950s, Dr. John recorded more than 20 albums, and in 1973 had a top-10 hit with "Right Place, Wrong Time." The winner of six Grammy Awards, Dr. John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend in 2011. He received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University.
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