Dr. John, the flamboyant singer-pianist from New Orleans with a distinct voodoo-influenced sound, sadly passed away on Thursday from a heart attack, aged 77.
A statement on his social media confirmed:
“Towards the break of day June 6, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., known as Dr. John, passed away of a heart attack. The family thanks all whom shared his unique musical journey & requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.”
Rising to solo fame in the late 60s after concocting his hoodoo persona of “the Night Tripper.” and through the 70s his work was distinguished by a collection of historic New Orleans favorites.
He memorably branched into traditional pop with his 1989 Grammy-winning album In A Sentimental Mood; and for “Makin’ Whoopee,” a duet with Ricki Lee Jones.
R.I.P. Dr. John.
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