2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Profile: Dr. John

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dr john 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Profile: Dr. John

Dr. John at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010 (Photo by By: Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images)

Malcom John “Mac” Rebennack Jr., better known as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dr. John[/lastfm], has been recording music since 1957 in celebration of his hometown of New Orleans and passion for music. His combination of jazz, blues, and zydeco have had great impact on the bayou region and rock ‘n roll culture.

Dr. John began recording in the late 1950s, playing guitar with various groups locally until he injured his left ring finger in a gun accident and later relocating to Los Angeles in the early 1960s. While he developed the character known as “Dr. John the Night Tripper,” the demand for his session work as a bass player and pianist grew, providing Mac with the opportunity to record with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Van Morrison[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Aretha Franklin[/lastfm], Sonny and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cher[/lastfm], and many others.

In 1968, he released his first solo album Gris-Gris and began performing elaborate stage shows that paid homage to his native city, its history, and voodoo customs. Later, in 1973, Dr. John put out the In the Right Place album, that contained his most recognized single “Right Place, Wrong Time”, a collaboration with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Allen Toussaint[/lastfm] and[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] the Meters[/lastfm]. Dr. John continued to release albums that contained songs featuring [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bette Midler[/lastfm], as well as record with other musicians and groups including the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rolling Stones[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Professor Longhair[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Band[/lastfm], even performing at the Last Waltz concert in 1976. The following year, Van Morrison recruited Rebennack to produce and perform on the A Period of Transition album.

Most recently, Dr. John has received notoriety for the Sippiana Hericane EP (2005) that benefited the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, Salvation Army, and the Jazz Foundation of America. In 2006, he performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl XL alongside Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville, and a 150 member choir. The City that Time Forgot was released in 2008 in reverence to post-Katrina New Orleans. The album featured [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eric Clapton[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Willie Nelson[/lastfm], and in 2009 won the Grammy for “Best Contemporary Blues Album.”

Dr. John continues to record, perform, and produce music and no sign of him quitting is anywhere in sight, making all of us very thankful. Malcom John “Mac” Rebennack Jr. aka Dr. John aka Dr. John the Night Tripper will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on Monday, March 14 when he is presented by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Legend[/lastfm].

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will host a simulcast of the 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, March 14th at 7pm. Tickets to the Watch Party are $5 and available at ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office, or via phone at 1-800-745-3000.

This year’s other inductees include [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tom Waits[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Alice Cooper[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Neil Diamond[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Leon Russell[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=""]Darlene Love[/lastfm], Art Rupe, and Jac Holzman.

The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be later televised on Fuse on Sunday, March 20 at 9pm.

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