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Dr John, Deni Bluesfest on Saturday 19 April 2014

Dr John, Deni Bluesfest. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

New Orleans Blues Legend Dr John dies at 77

by Paul Cashmere on June 7, 2019

in News

Grammy-winning New Orleans blues legend has died of a heart attack at age 77.

Dr John was born Malcolm John Rebennack in New Orleans in 1941. His career earned him six Grammy Awards leading to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by John Legend.

In 2013 Dr John became a real doctor when he was awarded a doctorate of fine arts by Tulane University.

At 13 Dr John met Professor Longhair and began working as a professional musician. By 16 he was working as a producer at Ace Records.

By the early 70s, Dr John became a major influence on Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton who would take part in his sessions.

In 1973 he released his now iconic ‘In The Right Place’, produced by Allen Toussaint and backed by The Meters.

A statement at his website reads:

“Towards the break of day June 6, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr, known as Dr John, passed away of a heart attack.”

“The family thanks all whom shared his unique musical journey & requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.”

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