- Feb 21, 2013
Dr. John, whose fame rose in the sixties and seventies with his band Dr. John and the Night Trippers, brought New Orleans authenticity to popular music while the Brits and U.S. and other musicians were borrowing heavily from other sources. (The Beatles were huge on English music hall tunes which few ever mention.) But Dr. John seemed born to his NOLA tradition, and though he was on a cane even when he was in his fifties, he kept on performing and reveling in his culture. I took to his music right away, bright lights, feathers, and that New Orleans counter-beat "thang." Irresistable. Never got to see him perform in person; shucks. RIP Dr. John.