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Old 06-06-19, 07:44 PM
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What a "low key" legend! I've heard his "Right Place, Wrong Time" of course and enjoyed it. What I didn't realize until yesterday was how much I enjoyed music from his last album "Locked Down" that had been playing on our university's student run radio station.

I hadn't realized who sang those two tracks until yesterday when I put two and two together!
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RIP Dr. John, now you'll always be in the right place at the right time.

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They're playing so much of his music it sounds like Mardis Gras on my favorite radio station this morning.
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In 2012 I was at the New Orleans jazz festival watching Bruce Springsteen and they got Dr.John up to play a song with them. Half the band didn't know the old R&B standard... (even I know how to play Something You Got,... well on bass) fortunately Bruce and his E street band bass player did. (I t hink that bass player knows every blues song ever written). It didn't faze Dr John one bit. He was slow getting to the stage but could jam as well as anyone once he got there. As a kid I didn't understand why he talked like that, of course now I realize some from lousiana just do. There's a youtube video of Dr john and Johnny Winter recording and in between takes they talk, you can tell exactly what state they're from. RIP Indeed Dr. John.

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Old 06-08-19, 12:05 AM
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I had a Dr. John listening binge last night. Locked Down may be his best album since Gris-Gris, lots of similarities. I'd give him credit for helping popularize the world music and Afro-pop style that followed. He covered just about every variation of African and Latin pop music rhythms and tropes, while adding his own psychedelic sauce.

He was quite a character with a carefully cultivated mystery, like Leon Redbone. There are some great anecdotes by music journalist Al Aronowitz on his Blacklisted Journalist site. It includes Dr John's friends and acquaintances like actor Peter Coyote, music exec Jerry Wexler, counterculture activist and novelist Emmett Grogan and others.

"I Walk on Gilded Splinters" was a masterpiece of spooky beauty. Gotta listen with the headphones to appreciate the depth of the recording, with Dr John's voice fairly dry while the background singers' chanting refrains are dripping with reverb. Humble Pie did a great cover of that song, notably on Rockin' The Fillmore. To this day some listeners mis-hear the refrain "'tit Alberta" as everything from "'Til I burn up" to "Did I murder?" But a good quality recording and headphones make it clear the third of the three background singers is chanting "'til Alberta," supposedly a reference to Mac Rebennack's prison stint for heroin in the early 1960s.

I'd already heard "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" a couple of years earlier, but the first time I saw Dr John on TV was around 1973 on one of those rock shows (Don Kirchner or Wolfman Jack, I don't remember). While launching into "Right Place, Wrong Time" he said "It's mo' bettah if y'all's trippin'," in his distinctive laconic Nawlins drawl.
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Loved Dr John. Saw him at least 4 times.

This is a fun video w/ Ringo Starr, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Clarence Clemons, Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren...

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ps-> Right Place Wrong Time plus Stevie Wonder are my earliest AM radio memories
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