Dr John obituary

Pianist, singer and songwriter steeped in the musical forms and voodoo culture of his native New Orleans Wherever musicians gathered, Dr John, who has died aged 77, was revered as songwriter, singer, arranger and pianist. He became closely identified with the rich musical roots of his native New Orleans and as well as his mastery of the Crescent Citys various musical forms (which included blues, jazz, funk, boogie-woogie and rocknroll) he was steeped in its mysterious voodoo culture and folklore. He began to develop a cult following with the release of his first major-label album, Gris-Gris (1968), a startling brew of voodoo funk and strange incantations, epitomised by the eerie eight-minute mantra I Walk on Guilded Splinters. Nobody had heard …