Malcolm John Rebennack, better known as Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter born on November 20, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His music blended blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll.
From a young age, Dr. John was influenced by the legendary Roy Byrd (aka Professor Longhair) and immersed himself in the vibrant music and voodoo cultures of New Orleans. He gained recognition as Mac Rebennack while playing the organ in strip-clubs with various bands in the French Quarter.
In 1957, Dr. John got his first break as a session guitarist with Ace Records under John Vincent. He worked alongside notable musicians at Cosimo V. Matassa's studio and collaborated with Harold Battiste's 'All For One' co-operative to produce several singles.
In 1962, Dr. John moved to California where he played on Sam Cooke's final recording session before embarking on extensive session work around LA. With Battiste's help, he developed his persona as "Dr. John Creaux, The Night Tripper" while working on Sonny & Cher's sessions for their album "Gris-Gris".
Dr. John's distinctive style caught attention upon the release of his album "Gris-Gris" in 1968 which allowed him to explore various aspects of Louisiana blues and