THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 7 - 5. DR. JOHN (320kbs-m4a/136mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd January 2018
Dr. John shares the musical milestones of his life with Matt Everitt in an episode of The First Time first broadcast in 2014.
He's been known as Dr. Creaux and the Night Tripper, but the man born as Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr is best known by the stage name Dr. John and is one of the more remarkable musicians to emerge from America.
As a child he sneaked into recording sessions by the likes of Little Richard at the New Orleans studio where his father worked. He became a leading figure in the 50s New Orleans R&B scene, firstly as a guitarist then (after one of his fingers was shot off during a fight) a pianist. He played on classic recordings by Professor Longhair, Frankie Ford and Joe Tex.
Mac also recalls how he developed as a songwriter with his 1968 album Gris Gris, a record steeped in the sound of New Orleans and blended with voodoo imagery and psychedelic sonics, which defined a unique sound and mysterious image that continues to this day. He also discusses his work with Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and playing on the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St., as well as featuring the Band's classic film The Last Waltz.
He also recalls his breakthrough 1973 hit In the Right Place, working with Spiritualized and his acclaimed album Locked Down, recorded with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
Dr. John - Iko Iko [Rhino]
Dr. John - Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya [WEA]
Big Joe Turner - Piney Brown Blues [Atlantic]
Herb Hardesty & His Band - Why Did We Have To Part [Ace]
Louis Armstrong - Blueberry Hill [Universal Classics & Jazz]
Little Richard - Slippin' And Slidin' [Mercury]
Roy Montrell - Oooh-Wow [Proper]
Mac Rebennack - Storm Warning [Rhino]
Dr. John - Right Place Wrong Time [Atco/Rhino]
Dr. John - I Walk On Guilded Splinters [Atco]
Dr. John - Such A Night [Atco]
Spiritualized - Cop Shoot Cop [BMG]
Dr. John - Locked Down [Nonesuch]
Dr. John - Glowin' [Warner]