New Orleans musician Dr. John died June 6 as a result of a heart attack at the age of 77. No further details of his death were given.

A prolific musician, even in his seventies, Dr. John gave more than 50 performances each year. Over the course of his 50 plus year career, Dr. John’s concert appearances topped 1,000 shows.

A native of New Orleans, attending a Dr. John show would take one on a journey to the Crescent City.

John’s accomplishments include six Grammy Awards and induction into the Louisiana Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Reportedly the Muppet band leader Dr. Teeth of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem was inspired by Dr. John.

Dr. John’s music appeared in nearly 100 film and television productions including his 1969 television debut on an episode of “Sesame Street”, “Casey’s Shadow”, “The Last Waltz”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club”, “Starsky and Hutch”, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “National Lampoon’s European Vacation”, “Bull Durham”, “Dazed and Confused”, “Sleeples in Seattle”, “The Sopranos”, “Walking Tall”, “True Blood”, “Treme”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Vinyl”, and “The Jungle Book”.

Dr. John lent his musical…and acting…skills in a few productions – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Candy Mountain”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Blues Brothers 2000”, and “NCIS: New Orleans”.

He was born Macolm John Rebennack Jr on November 21, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana the son of a record shop owner. He began his professional music career while still in his teens playing guitar and piano in a number of bands.

When New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison took a tough on crime stance vowing to shut down prostitutes, bars, and all night music venues Rebennack found himself in a federal prison. When he was released at age 24, the young session musician made his way to Los Angeles.

Fascinated with mysticism and voodoo, young Mac took on the persona of a male voodoo queen Marie Laveau known as Dr. John.

While a list of survivors was not given, Dr. John was married three times with his third wife surviving him and had two children.

Dr. John discography:
“The Sun, Moon, & Herbs”
“Dr. John’s Gumbo”
“In the Right Place”
“Desitively Bonnaroo”
“Mardi Gras”
“Hollywood Be Thy Name”
“City Lights”
“Tango Palace”
“Take Me Back to New Orleans”
“Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack”
“Love Potion”
“The Brightest Smile in Town”
“Such a Night! Live in London”
“In a Sentimental Mood”
“On a Mardi Gras Day”
“Goin’ Back to New Orleans”
“Bre Rabbit & Boss Lion”
“Trippin’ Live”
“Anutha Zone”
“Duke Elegant”
“Boogie to Heaven”
“Creole Moon”
“N’Awlinz: Dis Dat or d’Udda”
“Sippiana Hericane”
“City that Care Forgot”
“La Vie Cajun”
“Locked Down”
“Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch”
“The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac & His Music”


feature photo credit: By Zjbrewer – Own work, Public Domain,