CBS News June 9, 2019, 9:19 AM Passage: Remembering Dr. John

Dr. John at the mic.

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It happened this past week … the passing of musician Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, better known by far as Dr. John.

A true son of New Orleans, Dr. John mixed blues, jazz, rock, and faux voodoo in a musical gumbo all his own.

Dr. John – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya by Rhidalgo789 on YouTube

He crafted his Dr. John alter ego in the late 1960s, and had a Billboard hit with "Right Place, Wrong Time" in 1973:

Right Place Wrong Time (2017 Remaster) by Dr. John – Topic on YouTube

Speaking of the wrong time, here's Dr. John talking to Russ Mitchell for "Sunday Morning" back in 2006:

Dr. John: "I operate good at night; day's a little shaky."
Mitchell: "It's about two in the afternoon. You doing okay? This primetime sleeping time?"
Dr. John: "This is not my best time!"

From 2006: Dr. John, of New Orleans

All the same, somehow Dr. John found the time to win six Grammys, and earn a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dr. John was 77.


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Story produced by Derrell Bouknight.