THE ICON: Dr. John
THE LEGACY: The song postulates that he was in the right place but at the wrong time. In reality, though, Mac Rebennack was in exactly the right place at precisely the right time, and with the right gimmick and the perfect set of musical skills, to forge a national profile as Dr. John. His singular blend of swamp-infused voodoo funk, fueled by his gravelly voice and an offbeat but irresistible groovability — and buoyed by an exotic sense of psychedelic theatricality as well as a penchant for linguistic invention — made Dr. John first a musical curiosity, and then a star. Today, the good doctor, a six-time Grammy winner, is one of the most recognizable faces, and voices, of New Orleans, the conjurer of a musical mystique that continues to capture the imagination.
THE ARTIST: Maddie Stratton, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “Music is the one thing that keeps me alive and happy. If it don’t be for music, I think I would have threw in the towel.” — Dr. John, in a 2011 interview with The Times-Picayune