Category: dr john

Three Johns! John Lennon, Elton John, and Dr. John, for John L’s 33rd birthday party, 1973  via the good doctor’s Facebook page.

Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, 1971, via Dr. John’s Facebook page.

The Doctor guested on a couple of Aretha’s 1971 singles, notably playing percussion on “Rock Steady” (released in February; I wrote about that here), and playing keyboards on Aretha’s cover of “Spanish Harlem”, a July 1971 single that became the opening track of Aretha’s Greatest Hits, released that September. It

spent three weeks at #1 on the US soul charts and two weeks at #2 on the Pop chart on the way to selling over 1 million copies.

(btw, the b-side referenced here, “Lean On Me”, isn’t a cover of the song that Bill Withers hadn’t written yet, of course, but rather the 1970 Vivian Reed original, a fantastic track, one of Aretha’s most powerful performances – but no Dr. John means that I’ll save it for another day.)

Stevie Wonder, Johnny Winter, and Dr. John performing at the opening of NYC’s Bottom Line, February 12, 1974, via Dr. John’s official Facebook


Dr. John portrait by photographer Helen Hovey, 1972. (via

Another from the same session:


Dr. John – Manley Field House, Syracuse, New York, April 7, 1972

“I always play a little bit of everything. I think that’s what music’s about: a little bit of somethin’ old, somethin’ in the middle, somethin’ new and somethin’ as yet uncreated.”

Including a couple of taste treats from 1971′s The Sun, Moon & Herbs, including “Craney Crow” and “Familiar Reality”. Great stuff here!