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FactHe was originally a guitar player, but after getting his index finger nearly shot off in an effort to protect band mate and friend Ronnie Barron, he switched to piano/keyboards.

Dr. John, born as Malcolm John Rebennack, was a famous and successful American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was born on November 20, 1941, in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Dr. George Rebennack, was a well-known surgeon, and his mother, Mildred Rebennack, was a homemaker. He had two younger sisters, Judy and Barbara. Dr. John was interested in music from a very young age and started playing the piano when he was just six years old. He later took up guitar and started writing his own songs. He attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans and graduated in 1958.

Dr. John’s career in music started when he was just a teenager. He played guitar in various bands in New Orleans and later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a solo career. He released his debut album, “Gris-Gris”, in 1968. The album was a commercial success and helped him gain a large fan following. He went on to release several more successful albums throughout his career. Some of his most popular albums include “In the Right Place”, “Desitively Bonnaroo”, and “Goin’ Back to New Orleans”.

Dr. John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He won six Grammy Awards during his career. He was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Dr. John’s net worth was estimated to be $10 million at the time of his death. His salary was not publicly available. However, he must have earned a significant amount of money from his successful music career.

Dr. John was married three times and had four children. His first marriage was to Mary Weaver in 1959. They had two children together before getting divorced in 1964. His second marriage was to Barbara Blaine in 1970. They had one child together before getting divorced in 1972. His third marriage was to Suzanne Elrod in 1974. They had one child together before getting divorced in 1995.

Dr. John died on June 6, 2019, at the age of 77. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Dr. John was a tall man with a slender build. He had brown eyes and black hair that he often wore in a beret.

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Full NameDr. John


AwardsGrammy Award for Best Blues Album, Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album
MoviesThe Last Waltz, Blues Brothers 2000, Yakety Yak, Take It Back, American Tongues, Candy Mountain, A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, My Sexiest Year, Comic Book Confidential, Chastity, B.B. King & Friends: Night of Blistering Blues, Energy and How to Get It, Johnn...
TV ShowsWhoopi's Littleburg, The Blues, Live from the House of Blues

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1Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011. The other inductees were Darlene Love, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell and Tom Waits.
2Was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
3He was originally a guitar player, but after getting his index finger nearly shot off in an effort to protect band mate and friend Ronnie Barron, he switched to piano/keyboards.
4Was the inspiration for the character of "Dr. Teeth", the band leader of "Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem", on Jim Henson's The Muppet Show (1976).




The Jungle Book2016performer: "The Bare Necessities"
Vinyl2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Curious George2006-2015TV Series performer - 108 episodes
Elsa & Fred2014performer: "Step 1" / writer: "Step 1"
Saturday Night Live1977-2014TV Series performer - 2 episodes
American Horror StoryTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
North AmericaTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Vampire DiariesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
ScandalTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV Special performer: "Lonely Boy"
Skate 32010Video Game performer: "Right Place, Wrong Time"
TremeTV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2010 writer - 2 episodes, 2010
Welcome to the Rileys2010performer: "The Honeydripper", "New Island Midnight" / writer: "New Island Midnight" - as Malcolm Rebennack
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Princess and the Frog2009performer: "Down in New Orleans"
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentary performer: "One for My Baby and One More for the Road", "Lazybones"
The Perfect Game2009performer: "Take Me Out to The Ballgame"
True Blood2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mad Money2008performer: " Everybody Wanna Get Rich Rite Away" / writer: " Everybody Wanna Get Rich Rite Away" - as Mac Rebennack
My Sexiest Year2007performer: "Boy Into Man", "How Lucky", "You Are So Beautiful", "Piano Bar", "Piano Bar 2" / writer: "Boy Into Man", "How Lucky" - as Mac Rebbenack
The Brave One2007performer: "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya"
Fun with Dick and Jane2005performer: "Right Place Wrong Time" / writer: "Right Place Wrong Time" - as Malcolm J. "Dr. John" Rebennack
Sahara2005performer: "Right Place, Wrong Time" / writer: "Right Place, Wrong Time"
Son of the Mask2005performer: "If My Friends Could See Me Now" / producer: "If My Friends Could See Me Now"
Boston Legal2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Walking Tall2004performer: "Right Place, Wrong Time" / writer: "Right Place, Wrong Time" - as Malcolm Rebennack
The Blues2003TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Foolproof2003performer: "Right Place Wrong Time" / writer: "Right Place Wrong Time" - as Mac Rebennack
Holes2003performer: "Let's Make a Better World"
The Sopranos2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
They2002writer: "Lost in You" - as Malcolm Rebennack
High Crimes2002performer: "Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya" / writer: "Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya" - as John Creaux
Lucky Numbers2000performer: "Right Place, Wrong Time" / writer: "Right Place, Wrong Time" - as Mac Rebennack
Meet the Parents2000performer: "Big Chief"
Just the Ticket1999/Iperformer: "Money That's What I Want"
Free Money1998performer: "Money That's What I Want"
Blues Brothers 20001998performer: "Season Of The Witch"
Scream 21997writer: "Right Place Wrong Time" - as Mac Rebennack
101 Dalmatians1996performer: "Cruella De Vil" / producer: "Cruella De Vil" - as Mac Rebennack
Bogus1996performer: "The Best of Friends" / producer: "The Best of Friends"
A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan1996TV Movie documentary performer: "Cold Shot", "Six Strings Down", "Tick Tock", "SRV Shuffle"
Mrs. Winterbourne1996performer: "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive"
Flirting with Disaster1996performer: "Anything But Love", "Flirting With Disaster" / writer: "Flirting With Disaster"
Ed1996performer: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
The Joust1994Short performer: "RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME" - as Doctor John / writer: "RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME"
Mixed Nuts1994performer: "Mixed Nuts"
Exit to Eden1994performer: "Careless Love"
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Little Rascals1994performer: "YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY"
Dead Beat1994performer: "I Was a Fool"
Rebel Highway1994TV Series writer: "Lights Out" - as Mac Rebbenack
Beavis and Butt-Head1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
Short Cuts1993writer: "Full Moon", "To Hell with Love", "Prisoner of Life", "I Don't Know You"
Dazed and Confused1993performer: "Right Place, Wrong Time" / writer: "Right Place, Wrong Time" - as Malcolm J. Rebennack
Sleepless in Seattle1993performer: "Makin' Whoopee"
The Night We Never Met1993"Candy" / performer: "More Than You Know"
The Mighty Ducks1992performer: "AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE"
Hudson Hawk1991performer: "HUDSON HAWK THEME"
He Said, She Said1991performer: "Blah-Blah-Blah", "I'm Just A Lucky So-and-So"
Air America1990writer: "Right Place, Wrong Time"
Heart of Dixie1989writer: "Lights Out" - as Mac Rebennack
Comic Book Confidential1988Documentary music: "MARVEL SUPERHEROES HAVE ARRIVED" / performer: "Diggin' On Comix" - as Mac Rebenault / writer: "Diggin' On Comix"
Bull Durham1988performer: "Love Ain't No Triple Play", "All Night Dance" - as Mac "Dr. John" Rabennack / performer: "Try a Little Tenderness" / writer: "Love Ain't No Triple Play" - as Mac "Dr. John" Rabennack
DollyTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1988 writer - 1 episode, 1988
Colors1988performer: "SUCH A NIGHT" / writer: "SUCH A NIGHT" - as Mac Rebennack
Angel Heart1987performer: "Zu Zu Mamou"
National Lampoon's European Vacation1985performer: "New Looks"
Movie Madness1982performer: "Going To The Movies"
WKRP in Cincinnati1980-1982TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Starsky and Hutch1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978performer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Finale
The Last Waltz1978Documentary performer: "Such A Night" / writer: "Such A Night"
Casey's Shadow1978lyrics: "COONASS" / music: "COONASS" / performer: "COONASS", "JOLIE BLOND"
Skateboard1978performer: "Sweet Rider"
The Lumberjack1973writer: "Right Place Wrong Time" - uncredited
Stamping Ground1971Documentary performer: "On A Mardi Gras Day Big Brass Drum" - as Dr. John The Nighttripper / writer: "On A Mardi Gras Day Big Brass Drum"
Sesame Street1969TV Series performer: "Yakety Yak - Take it Back" - as Yakety Yak

Music Department

Curious GeorgeTV Series musician - 15 episodes, 2008 - 2010 co-produced by - 15 episodes, 2008 - 2010 music co-producer - 11 episodes, 2007 - 2011 performer - 11 episodes, 2007 - 2011
K-Ville2007TV Series composer - 1 episode
Blossom1991-1994TV Series singer - 87 episodes
Chastity1969musician - uncredited


The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music2016TV Movie
NCIS: New Orleans2015TV SeriesDr. John
Blues Brothers 20001998The Louisiana Gator Boys
Touched by an Angel1996TV SeriesDr. John
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995TV SeriesMusical Guest
Candy Mountain1987Henry
Energy and How to Get It1981Short
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978Our Guests at Heartland
Ringo1978TV MovieRingo's Roadside Attraction (as Mac Rebennack - Dr. John)


The Big Day1999
Comic Book Confidential1988Documentary
American Tongues1988Documentary as Mac Rebennack
Candy Mountain1987
Yeah You Rite!1985Documentary short as Mac Rebennack


The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary short special thanks


Christina Aguilera: My Reflection2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary shortHimself
Perfect Day1997Video shortHimself - vocalist
A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jools's Hootenanny1995TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1995TV SpecialHimself
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True1995TV Movie documentary
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Blazing Away1990VideoHimself
Dolly1988TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1988TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Night1988TV SeriesHimself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
Survivors: The Blues Today1984DocumentaryHimself
SCTV Network1981TV SeriesHimself
Pray TV1980Himself
Always for Pleasure1978DocumentaryHimself
The Last Waltz1978DocumentaryHimself - Performer
Saturday Night Live1977TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Soundstage1974TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1974TV SeriesHimself
In Concert1973TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651973TV SeriesHimself
Stamping Ground1971DocumentaryHimself
Beat-Club1970TV Series
One Note at a Time2016Documentary completedHimself
Every Night's a Saturday Night2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Professor Longhair: The Shuffling HungarianDocumentary post-productionHimself
Tavis Smiley2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman2014TV MovieHimself
Americana Music Honors & Awards2013TV Special
Treme2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
Austin City Limits2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Top Chef2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge / Musical Icon
Bayou Maharajah2013Documentary
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Widespread Panic: Live from New Orleans2012Himself
Acting Outlaws: The LA La Ride2012DocumentaryHimself
A.K.A. Doc Pomus2012Documentary
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010-2012TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself - Guest Musician
Bonnaroo Music Festival2011Video
The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2011TV MovieHimself
Treme Musical Performances2010Video shortHimself
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
All You Need Is Klaus2009DocumentaryHimself
Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee2008TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1999-2008TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
Been Down That Muddy Road: The Legend of Joe Barry2007DocumentaryHimself
Live from Abbey Road2007TV SeriesPerformer
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2006TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Later... With Jools Holland1998-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself (also Interview)
Love Monkey2006TV SeriesHimself
New Orleans Music in Exile2006DocumentaryHimself
Super Bowl XL2006TV SpecialHimself - National Anthem Performer
John Scofield: Live 3 Ways2005Himself - Keyboard player
2004 Jammys: The Theatre at Madison Square Garden2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Lightning in a Bottle2004DocumentaryHimself
The Blues2003TV Series documentaryHimself
23rd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Host
Still Cher2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Make It Funky!2005DocumentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

2011GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaThe Princess and the Frog (2009)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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