Thread: R.I.P. Dr. John

crazyjoe - 6/6/2019 at 10:54 PM

Sad reports are that the Good Doctor has passed.........RIP, what a career!!!!!!


detterm - 6/7/2019 at 12:57 AM

A good friend of mine at Rickenbacker AFB back in 75-76-77 taught me there was so much more to his music than Right Place Wrong Time. I especially like the album he did with Mike Bloomfield & John Hammond called Triumvirate.

Rest In Peace Brother.


PhotoRon286 - 6/7/2019 at 02:20 AM

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A good friend of mine at Rickenbacker AFB back in 75-76-77 taught me there was so much more to his music than Right Place Wrong Time. I especially like the album he did with Mike Bloomfield & John Hammond called Triumvirate.

Rest In Peace Brother.



I have that and I agree.

I bought it just because the Dr. was on it.

Money well spent.


steadyhorse - 6/7/2019 at 02:08 PM

Glad I was able to see him twice, thanks for the great music Mac. R.I.P.


Stephen - 6/7/2019 at 03:29 PM

"For John, for the Doctah, the Doctah..." -- that's what Felix Pappalardi intones at the end of Last of the Sunshine Days

Played at Duane's funeral -- Chuck has great recollections of Dr. John in his book Rock & A Home Place -- the tribute on the home page is beautifully worded

saw him at Boston Common come dancing out on the stage in that funky voodoo getup throwing glittery stuff out into the audience

RIP Dr John, he made music out of the spooky bayou swamps of the Crescent City

[Edited on 6/7/2019 by Stephen]


mikesolo - 6/7/2019 at 04:11 PM

Another legend and unique musician moves on. See the greats whenever you can as they are passing on far too frequently now as so many are hitting their 70’s+ RIP Doctor!


tbomike - 6/7/2019 at 05:03 PM

Warren released a statement on his passing.

Here we go again. Mac was one of the few left from that era. A true legend. A true innovator. A giant.

I’ve always made a point of saying that New Orleans is our richest musical city. Most American music came through or out of New Orleans. Mac embodied New Orleans. A lot of the world, and the music world for that matter, didn’t realize how heavy Mac was. He chose to remain true to New Orleans music and did a ton to help that scene but he transcended all that at the same time. He brought New Orleans to a Rock and Roll world- one of a small group of icons that stood tall among Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Sly Stone, Miles Davis, Bob Marley etc. that created something that changed the trajectory of music history- something that stood alone as a “style” of music that needs no other description. When someone says “it has a sort of 'Dr. John feel’”- all serious musicians know what that means. That’s heavy.

In the late 60’s Mac blended together traditional New Orleans music with other elements (most of which, to some degree, were a by-product of New Orleans), most notably funk and psychedelia, into a gumbo of musical ingredients that was uniquely his recipe. Like so many great innovators Mac created music that left a trail of breadcrumbs indicating (to anyone interested in learning) where it all came from but, also, as is the case with so many great innovators, the end result was something that, after being filtered through his unique musical personality, could only be created by him. His actual personality and his musical personality were one and the same. Someone else playing the same thing on the piano sounded different. Someone else singing the same melody and phrasing sounded different. Lots of artists borrowed heavily from Mac but his authenticity was part of his uniqueness.

I was lucky enough to have shared the stage with Mac many times: with the Allman Brothers, with Gov’t Mule, with the Warren Haynes Band, and most notably on the final leg of the Last Waltz 40 tour where we played together every night. It was always a learning experience listening to what he was playing and singing and I’ll always cherish the many stories I heard him tell although general conversations with Mac were like stories- filled with decorative nuance and local color. As I’m writing this I’m thinking about the time he played with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon- the first time we played Walk On Gilded Splinters together. The Allman Brothers had been playing the song a lot towards the end but our version was very different from his- even in a different key. All together in the little rehearsal room upstairs we had a discussion that went something like this: “Hey Mac, how do you want to do Gilded Splinters- slow, like your version or fast, like ours?” Pause….”It don’t make no difference to me. However you wanna do it.”
“Well, we do it in G and I think your original version is in D.” Pause……”However we do it’s how we gonna do it”, came his response. It dawned on me at that moment that this was just another moment out of thousands in his life and that he probably approached most or all of them the same way- “However we do it’s how we gonna do it.”

I’m reminded also of a night in New Orleans when Dr. John as The Night Tripper was on the bill with Gov’t Mule. Oteil Burbridge and I stood off to the side of the stage and watched as they played the slowest version of Gilded Splinters either of us have ever heard. They were several minutes into the tune before either of us realized what song it was. It’s still one of the most beautiful musical experience I’ve ever had. I have a bootleg recording of that show. I think I’ll listen to it tonight.

Love ya, Mac.- WH


pops42 - 6/7/2019 at 06:55 PM

Good nite "Night Tripper". Will miss ya!.


Lee - 6/7/2019 at 08:08 PM

That was very nicely worded by Warren. Not only can Warren sing great but some of the things I have seen him say / write in various media mediums are very articulate and well worded.

I only saw Dr. John live once. It was at a blues fest type tour outside of Detroit many years ago. I had heard of Dr. John but didn't know anything about him. I was extremely impressed. His sound was so unique, bordering on spooky in a way.

God Bless Him -

[Edited on 6/7/2019 by Lee]


robslob - 6/7/2019 at 08:13 PM

Wow great tribute by Warren. Thanks for posting.


owencarol - 6/7/2019 at 09:00 PM

Dr. John was a fine musician. Over the years he produced and participated in the groove so many of us love to hear. Warren is an amazingly eloquent man, his tribute to musicians he's been associated with are nothing less than outstanding. They both have made or are making significant contributions to musical history.


crazyjoe - 6/7/2019 at 11:02 PM

I am imposing on this thread and am sorry for it, but I must say that when certain people speak, such as Mr. Haynes or Dr. John, it goes beyond and transcends eloquence, way beyond, almost to the Nucleus of Humanity, based on a universal oneness, compassion, intellect, spirituality, soulfulness, fairness. Based on the absolute fact that humanities similarities should be superseding our differences!!! People of understanding and Universal Oneness. I have related a few times, how in ‘87, I insanely found myself working crew for one day and hanging with with Stevie Ray Vaughan, and I swear here again that from 9am til 1am that evening, I learned from watching Stevie, playing ball with he and the band and crew, by cooking out and eating with them....I basically saw how to live Life itself!!!! How to treat others!!! How to be happy!!! These are People of mystery, courage, kindness , spirituality, conviction. Truth be known, at the core, there REALLY is no, right or left, no rich or poor, black, white!...........may sound like horsechit to Ya’ll, but every word true........shoulda put in WP, didn’t know how.


The_Newt - 6/8/2019 at 03:33 AM

Rest in peace thank you for the music. I am glad I got to see him live with Cyndi Lauper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCRrXZP8b0I

[Edited on 6/8/2019 by The_Newt]


Chain - 6/8/2019 at 02:08 PM

Warren is so awesome...A great read.

Yesterday on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross they replayed portions of an interview with Dr. John from 1986. Very cool discussion as well as music he had played live in the NPR studios when he briefly was sort of the in house musician for the show "Fresh Air..." Anyway, check out this link if you're curious..

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/07/730655716/remembering-musician-singer-songwr iter-and-producer-dr-john


canuckABBfan - 6/9/2019 at 08:29 AM

The first time I seen the Dr. play was in the early 80's, I think it was a program called in Session and it was with Johnny Winter..... Awesome!!!

I used to think Johnny was the closest to the Brothers but I'm thinking maybe Mac was as he played at Duane's funeral.

Sadly I didn't go see him when he was here a few years ago.

I love that he played on two of Gregg's albums and one with Johnny.

RIP Dr.John Night Tripper

[Edited on 6/9/2019 by canuckABBfan]


absnj - 6/9/2019 at 12:12 PM

quote:
The first time I seen the Dr. play was in the early 80's, I think it was a program called in Session and it was with Johnny Winter..... Awesome!!!

I used to think Johnny was the closest to the Brothers but I'm thinking maybe Mac was as he played at Duane's funeral.

Sadly I didn't go see him when he was here a few years ago.

I love that he played on two of Gregg's albums and one with Johnny.

RIP Dr.John Night Tripper

[Edited on 6/9/2019 by canuckABBfan]


Here you go!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY_dmkPhWMo


canuckABBfan - 6/9/2019 at 06:23 PM

quote:
quote:
The first time I seen the Dr. play was in the early 80's, I think it was a program called in Session and it was with Johnny Winter..... Awesome!!!

I used to think Johnny was the closest to the Brothers but I'm thinking maybe Mac was as he played at Duane's funeral.

Sadly I didn't go see him when he was here a few years ago.

I love that he played on two of Gregg's albums and one with Johnny.

RIP Dr.John Night Tripper

[Edited on 6/9/2019 by canuckABBfan]


Here you go!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY_dmkPhWMo


Thank you so much.... I have it on VHS tape somewhere! :p


Breezy - 6/10/2019 at 05:46 PM

Was only fortunate enough to see him the once, but what a great show. The man just oozed that New Orleans feel. He embraced it and so did anybody who was listening.
Here is a funny, well quirky little skit from back in the old Second City Television days with John Candy among others. "Polynesian town" staring Dr. John. Its about 17 mins long” Mac does a couple of tunes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9H81Yq9TRE


bob1954 - 6/16/2019 at 04:45 PM

Mac was one of my favorite artists. Saw him many times, probably only second to ABB for the number of show's I've attended. My favorite was August 26, 2005, at a little blues festival in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This was just a few days after Hurricane Katrina had hit. The band had been on the road for a while and since most of them were from New Orleans they were very concerned. Communication was difficult and they didn't really know if family and friends were OK or even if their homes were still there. Walter Wolfman Washington was supposed to be at the festival but he disappeared in the storm and didn't surface again for weeks. It was a very emotional show. Anyway, I am currently re-reading Mac's autobiography, Under A Hoodoo Moon. I highly recommend it to anyone who's interested. His writing style is very much like his performance style and it's a fun read.


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