Dr. John: Right Place Wrong Time


Right Place Wrong Time


Dr. John (vocals)


In the Right Place (Atlantic 50017 )

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Dr. John (vocals),

Leo Nocentelli (guitar), Aurthur Neville (organ), George Porter (bass), Joseph Modeliste (drums), Allen Toussaint (keyboards, percussion), David Spinozza (guitar solo), Gary Brown (saxophones), Robbie Montgomery (background vocal), Jessie Smith (background vocal)


Composed by Mac Rebennack


Recorded: Miami, album released in 1973


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

For once, it was a case of the right place at the right time. Most of the New Orleans piano legends never had a top ten hit, and Dr. John could have gone through his entire career without an AM airplay sensation and still be assured of his iconic status. But the stars were in alignment for Mac Rebennack when he recorded this quirky, likeable tune, which became his biggest selling song. There were other stars on hand—in the studio that day, and they deserve some credit too. When will the Meters get their due? This fantastic band, New Orleans's answer to the Wrecking Crew and Funk Brothers, always delivered the goods, and could produce a hit for other parties (they did it again with "Lady Marmalade" the following year). Their own recordings are textbook studies in the proper care and nurturing of a dance groove, and ought to be enshrined in some suitable hall of funky fame. Mixing them with the great Dr. John and a clever tune was a perfect formula, producing a hit that was richly deserved by all parties.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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