Legendary New Orleans musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John, a pianist, a singer and a Grammy Award-winning songwriter died Thursday at the age of 77.
RIP Dr. John: The funky New Orleans "Night-Tripper" has died at 77 https://t.co/wxEgpdNgI6 pic.twitter.com/qVZlYEqm6B— billboard (@billboard) June 6, 2019
The funky and flashy Dr. John, who was born Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack in New Orleans in 1941, was a celebrated musician known for his hoodoo-inspired blend of black and white music and his distinctive Louisiana drawl.
“Towards the break of day June 6, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., known as Dr. John, passed away of a heart attack,” according to a statement on his social media pages. “The family thanks all whom shared his unique musical journey & requests privacy at this time.”
June 6, 2019
Dr John, legendary genre-bending New Orleans musician, dies at 77 https://t.co/1f0FgGzX7J— The Guardian (@guardian) June 6, 2019
Dr. John's break-out album, "Gris Gris," was released in 1968. It featured the musician as a voodoo-based character with a "funky, mystical style of rock and rhythm and blues," according to WWL-TV.
He went on to create other hit albums, including 1973’s “In the Right Place” and “Such a Night” and 1974’s “Desitively Bonnaroo.” In 1989, he won a Grammy for the song “Makin Whoopie,” a collaboration with Rickie Lee Jones. He won more Grammys in the 1990s, in 1992 for “Goin’ Back to New Orleans” and in 1996 for “SRV Shuffle.”
New Orleans and the world have lost another legend. Mac Rebennack better known as Dr. John died this morning. He truly was one of the greatest musicians this city has ever produced. It is a very sad day. pic.twitter.com/FhzN5cosWG— Eric Paulsen WWL-TV (@EPaulsenWWL) June 6, 2019
Rest in Peace Dr. John. You were such a huge part of New Orleans music and the history of Jazz Fest. We love you and will celebrate all that you gave us.— New Orleans JazzFest (@jazzfest) June 6, 2019
Dr. John & the Nite Trippers performing at the 2016 Jazz Fest
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Dr. John continued performing in recent years but had fewer public performances, which led to concern among fans about his health.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Condolences for Dr. John and his family have been pouring in on social media.
The first 50 seconds of this recording almost make my head pop off...in a good way.— 2020 Narrator (@MnMarches) June 6, 2019
Rest in peace, Dr.https://t.co/Fjk3TWWmnU
God bless Dr. John peace and love to all his family I love the doctor peace and love 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🎵☯️☮️ pic.twitter.com/ljFWmMp9V9— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) June 6, 2019
Rest In Peace Dr John. #music #legacy #family #friends Photo by Rick Diamond pic.twitter.com/mIPXE0qP3K— Gregg Allman (@GreggAllman) June 6, 2019
Been shooting in #neworleans for nearly 30 yrs- running into #drjohn smoking cigarillos while seated by himself in an old-school lawn chair on the neutral ground, quietly watching the Mardi Gras Indians parade down MLK Blvd., has to be one of the most random organic moments pic.twitter.com/BTOhuK6hSZ— Chris Granger (@chris_granger) June 6, 2019
Dr. John's work captured my imagination as teen when I was still finding my voice. I used to cover his music with a group of like minded players, and it continues to bring me ridiculous amounts of joy. Very sad to hear this, very grateful also. RIP https://t.co/LBHjNAoLvb— Hozier (@Hozier) June 6, 2019
Dr. John, who died today at 77, came by our studios in 2004. The night before, he said, his driver had trouble finding his hotel, and he’d hardly slept, which is audible here. Still a trouper. RIP. https://t.co/tHC3X1oWgp— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) June 6, 2019
And just a reminder that the late, great Dr. John was the inspiration for Dr. Teeth... pic.twitter.com/93FmwPet5C— Ken Plume (@KenPlume) June 6, 2019
Dr. John, the Hall of Fame singer and musician who won six Grammys and brought New Orleans to the world, has died at the age of 77 https://t.co/4rv91AnuKK pic.twitter.com/rzxfWwnP3Y— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 6, 2019
Pretty much the coolest opening of a song ever! RIP Dr. John pic.twitter.com/PTgW94OQ3F— Crispin Schroeder (@Crispytunes) June 6, 2019
A cyclist passes a mural of Dr. John at Toledano St & Dryades St. The legendary musician passed away Thursday at the age of 77. @theadvocateno #drjohn pic.twitter.com/DZRW29SpBP— Sophia Germer (@SophiaGermer) June 6, 2019
Man this really hurts ... One of the greatest of all time and a real genius and gentleman. Rest In Peace Mac Rebbenack Jr better known as Dr John. pic.twitter.com/5UZrGPopba— Joe Bonamassa (Official) (@JBONAMASSA) June 6, 2019
We've lost a legend. Dr. John broke in our stage at House of Blues’ grand opening back in January 1994. Thank you for a lifetime of great music. You will be truly missed. ⚜️ pic.twitter.com/c30GtFqzjD— House of Blues New Orleans (@HOBNOLA) June 6, 2019
Sad news for the Bonnaroo Family: Dr. John, who's album Desitively Bonnaroo inspired the name of this place we call home, has passed away. You will be sorely missed💔https://t.co/UXH5lQTuYR— Bonnaroo (@Bonnaroo) June 6, 2019
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