Dr John, Voodoo, Bayou & New Orleans

Dans les annĂ©es 90, je faisais beaucoup de route, 100 km le matin et 100 km la nuit pour rentrer chez moi. J’Ă©coutais majoritairement FIP lors de mon retour. J’ai dĂ©couvert pas mal de choses intĂ©ressantes, dont le fameux « Making Whoopee » de Dr John avec Rickie Lee Jones. Quelques mois plus tard, j’Ă©tais aux USA et je suis tombĂ© sur des promos de CD dont d’anciens albums de Mc Rebennack et je les ai tous achetĂ©s…

En 2012, sort l’album « Locked Down » au son trĂšs rock.

En septembre 2014, il publie l’album « Ske-Dat-De-Dat – The Spirit of Satch », oĂč il rend hommage Ă  Louis Armstrong, avec de nombreux invitĂ©s : Blind Boys of Alabama, Bonnie Raitt, Arturo Sandoval, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Shemekia Copeland…

Full playlist

Dr John nous a quittĂ©s en 2019 Ă  l’Ăąge de 77 ans.

Season Of The Witch avec les Blues Brothers

Update 11/8/22 : un album posthume doit sortir cet automne.

« Things Happen That Way is the album Dr. John was working on when he died of a heart attack in June 2019. Now, three years after his passing, the album, which includes covers as well as some of his last newly written songs, will finally be heard. »

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Music Education

Funky Nassau

The Blues Brothers 2000 movie was not so good, but the lineup and the music were « fire » đŸ”„! Here’s a cover of Funky Nassau, with Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Paul Shaffer, Erykah Badu & The Blues Brothers Band.

Origins of Funky Nassau

« Funky Nassau » is a song written by Ray Munnings and Tyrone Fitzgerald and performed by The Beginning of the End.

Part 1 & 2

Emerging from Nassau in the Bahamas in 1971, the band was formed around the Munnings brothers (Ray, Leroy and Frank) and the first song they recorded, ‘Funky Nassau’, became a No. 1 Billboard R’n’B hit, selling over a million copies. “We wanted to create something new,” remembers Ray Munnings, “something that was truly Bahamian. We loved funk but wanted to include elements of junkanoo, the indigenous music of The Bahamas.” An album was written within a week and recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. “We brought in more Bahamian themes, like ‘Monkey Tamarind’, a wild fruit that grows there.”



Nassau's gone funky
Nassau's gone soul
We've got a doggone beat now
We're gonna call our very own

Nassau rock
And Nassau roll
Nassau's got
A whole lot of soul
Feel all right

Mini skirts, maxi skirts
And Afro hairdo
People doing their own thing
They don't care about you and me

Not enough? Listen to this version by The Juju Orchestra.

Or Herbie Mann’s version on flute…

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