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Tuesday Minute
No. 227 | March 22, 2011

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011

rock and roll hall of fame

Our theme this week
Performers inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011

Featured this week
(See Monday post for theme introduction and program note)
Monday         —   Alice Cooper

Dr. John

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Longtime musician Mac Rebennack hit it big in the late-’60s/early-’70s as “Dr. John, the Night Tripper.”  His debut album, Gris-Gris (1968), blended New Orleans R&B with psychedelic rock, and though ignored at first, it gained cult status, and later became regarded as one of the classics of the time.  By 1973, everyone knew Dr. John.  “Right Place Wrong Time” was a top 10 hit, the biggest of his career.  “Such a Night” was another hit from the same album.  When Dr. John came on the radio, you couldn’t mistake him for anybody else.  He hasn’t had great mainstream success in the decades since, but he never stopped making music, everything from blues to zydeco to boogie-woogie to jazz to whatever you want to call what the Doctor was cooking up.  From his top hit, one line that probably sums up Dr. John as much as anything:  “I’m having such a good time.”  Listen to his music and you’ll be feeling the same way.

The Doctor on film
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
(1978)
The Last Waltz (1978)*
Candy Mountain (1988)**
Blues Brothers 2000 (2000)
Lightning in a Bottle (2004)*

* As himself.
** Original music.
Contributed songs to soundtracks for many films.


The Last Waltz (1978)
Martin Scorsese, director
“Such a Night”
Dr. John


Blues Brothers 2000 (2000)
Dr. John
“Season of the Witch”
Donovan Leitch, songwriter


Quote of note
“I been in the right place / But it must have been the wrong time / I’d have said the right thing / But I must have used the wrong line / I been in the right trip / But I must have used the wrong car / My head was in a bad place / And I’m wondering what it’s good for.”
—Dr. John, “Right Place Wrong Time,” soundtrack to Dazed and Confused (1993) and other films

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