Dr. John

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Full Name Dr. John
Age 77 Years Old
Nick Name John, Malcolm
Gender Male
Famous As Singer, Actor and Songwriter
Birth Date November 20, 1941
Birth Place New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Malcolm John Rebennack was renowned by the stage name as Dr. John was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist whose music combined pop, jazz and rock, and roll. He rose to the fame in the late 1960s after the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He had recorded more than 20 albums in his life. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011. In 1973 he achieved a top-10 hit single with "Right Place, Wrong Time". In May 2013, he received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University. Overall, he was a very talented singer. 

Grammy-winning musician, Dr. John dies at 77

Dr. John has died at the age of 77 after suffering a heart attack. A statement said: "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 musician "created a unique blend of music which carried his hometown, New Orleans, at its heart, as it was always in his heart," it continued. Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr also tweeted a picture, along with the message: "God bless Dr. John, peace and love to all his family. I love the doctor, peace, and love." 

Dan Auerbach Pays Tribute to Dr. John: “He Was So One of a Kind”

Auerbach produced the New Orleans legend’s penultimate album Locked Down. Dan Auerbach has given a new interview in which he remembers the late Dr. John, who passed away on June 6 following a heart attack. A longtime fan, Auerbach sought out the singer-songwriter in order to make a record with him. Eventually, the Black Keys co-founder would go on to produce and play guitar on Dr. John’s penultimate album, Locked Down. Auerbach continued, “He was so one of a kind... We lost one of the greatest musicians who ever lived and also one of the greatest reflections of this country, musically, in one man... We lost something that will never be duplicated.” Read the full remembrance here. 

What was the real name of Dr. John?

Malcolm John Rebennack was his real name. He was also known as  Dr. John Creaux, Dr. John the Night Tripper. 

What was the age of Dr. John at the time of his death?

His age was 77 years old at the time of his death. 

When and where was Dr. John born?

On 20th November 1941, Dr. John was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. He was raised in his hometown, New Orleans. Since his childhood, he was interested in learning music as he was inspired by his family. 

What was the nationality and zodiac sign of Dr. John?

His nationality was American and his zodiac sign was Scorpio. 

Who are the parents of Dr. John?

Dr. John was born to Malcolm John Rebennack Sr. (father) and Dorothy Rebennack(mother). He had no siblings. His family had a music background.

What was the education qualification of Dr. John?

Dr. John left his studies in grade 11 to become a blues piano player at the age of 16. His father took him to the recording rooms of rock artists. He began to perform as a musician at the age of 13 years.

What is the religion and ethnicity of Dr. John?

His religion is Christian and his ethnicity is White. 

Who was Dr. John's wife?

Dr. John was a married person. He was married twice and told the New York Times that he had "a lot" of children. He was married to Cat Yellen. 

When did Dr. John die?

Dr. John died on 6th June 2019 at the age of 77. 

What was the cause of the death of Dr. John?

The cause of his death was due to a heart attack.

How much was the net worth of Dr. John?

Dr. John was a very successful singer and he had an estimated net worth of $12.7 million at the time of his death. He is the highest-paid pianist in the world, with $58 million between May 2018 and May 2019, a nearly $30 million lead. His main source of income was from his singing career. 

How tall was Dr. John?

Dr. John was a very handsome person and many people are a big fan of him. He always had an attractive and charming smile on his face. He had an average height of 5 ft. 9 in. He has green eyes and brown hair. His other body measurements will be added soon. 

What makes Dr. John famous?

  • Dr. John was inspired in music career by his father. 
  • He was exposed to jazz musicians King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, who later inspired his 2014 release, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch. 
  • Later he began to perform in New Orleans clubs, mainly on guitar and played on stage with various local artists.
  • After that, he was signed as a songwriter and artist by Eddie Mesner at Aladdin Records.
  • Then, Rebennack was hired by Johnny Vincent as a producer at Ace Records when he was 16 years old. 
  • In there, he gained experience working with many artists, including James Booker, Earl King, and Jimmy Clanton.
  • In the year 1950, he gigged with local bands like The Skyliners, The Loafers, and Frankie Ford. 
  • His career as a guitarist was stunted, when his left hand was injured by a gunshot in 1960 but he used guitar before making piano as his main instrument.
  • In the year 1963, he started to involve in illegal activities in New Orleans as he sold Narcotics and ran a brothel.
  • Due to this, he was arrested and sentenced for two years after then he went to Los Angels.
  • In Los Angels, he became a session musician in the 1960s and 1970s and became the part of "Wrecking Crew" stable of studio musicians.
  • He also provided backing for Sonny & Cher, "Future Blues"(1970), Frank Zappa and "The Mother of Invention on Freak out"(1966).
  • "Gris-Gris" was his first debut album that made "Dr. John" famous after it's release in the year 1960. 
  • The album represented his form of "Voodoo Medicine". 
  • It ranked 143rd on Rolling Stone's “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. 
  • He gained a lot of popularity as a solo artist after adopting the persona of "Dr.John". 
  • He released three more albums: Babylon (1969), Remedies (1970) and The Sun, Moon, and Herbs (1971), 
  • He had recorded over 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with the jaunty funk-flavored "Right Place Wrong Time", still perhaps his best-known song.
  • He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on 14th March 2011.
  • His single from the album, "Iko Iko", broke into the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, reaching #71. 
  • He recorded Hollywood Be Thy Name live in Los Angels, California.
  • He also appeared in several movies including "Blues Brothers 2000", "Yakety Yak", "Take It Back", "American Tongues", "Candy Mountain", and many others.
  • He released Locked Down in the year 2012 which won a Grammy Award. 
  • He then released a Louis Armstrong tribute album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch in the year 2014. 
  • He performed with The Nite Trippers from 2014 to 2016. 
  • In 2016, double album and DVD of the concert, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and his Music, was released.
  • His first single "Storm Warning" recorded as a tribute to Bo Diddley in 2017. 
  • Grammy Award winner
  • Talking about his awards, he was awarded the Grammy award six times in (1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2013).
  • Moreover, he also received six other Grammy nominations over the years. 

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