DR JOHN - SYRACUSE 1972 [R.I.P. 1941 - 2019]

May 28, 2015 – 5:13 am

DR JOHN R.I.P. 1941 - 2019

Grammy-winning American singer Dr John has died at the age of 77 after suffering a heart attack. The New Orleans-born musician passed away on Thursday, according to a message posted on his official Twitter account. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame singer combined the genres of blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll. Dr John, who successfully battled heroin addiction, is perhaps best known for his 1973 hit, Right Place, Wrong Time.

A statement said: “Towards the break of day June 6, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr, known as Dr John, passed away of a heart attack.” It added: “The family thanks all whom shared his unique musical journey & requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.” Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry was among those to pay tribute, sharing a picture of herself alongside the six-time Grammy winner. Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr also tweeted a picture, along with the message: “God bless Dr John, peace and love to all his family. I love the doctor, peace and love.”- BBC

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Syracuse 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Manley Field House, Syracuse, NY; April 7, 1972. Very good soundboard or Pre-FM.

It’s been said that the show’s opening jam was inspired by the Allman Brothers (Dr John opened for them; other acts included Nighttripper and Ophan) but for the fans, it must have been a treat as Dr John previewed Iko Iko and Little Liza Jane, both of which were found on Dr John’s Gumbo, which would only be released on April 20, 1972.

Back in June 1972, when reviewing Dr John’s Gumbo in Rolling Stone magazine, Charlie Gillett wrote: “At the time of writing this, “Iko Iko” is at 75 on the singles charts, so maybe you’ve heard it on the radio by now. Dr John has gone back past the Dixie Cups’ hit to the original recording of the song by Sugar Boy and the Canecutters, who called it “Jackamo.” Once again, Dr John infuses more life and variety into it than the originator, and it must sound great coming onto the radio after Cat Stevens and the New Seekers. But there are quite a few better things on the album.”

Thanks to carville for sharing the show at Dime.

Thanks also to Danilo Jans for the artwork, posted at rockrarecollectionfetish.

soundboard or pre-fm > ? > reel @ 7.5ips (1973, from Syracuse area trader, this is probably a 2nd gen) >Akai 6X 4000-D > Numark 20 band EQ > HHB CDR 830 > EAC > boosted left channel 5.25 db in Coll Edit Pro 2.0 > cdwav (reel and transfer from allsoundz)

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Track 01. Croker Courtbullion (Intro Jam) 2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 02. Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya 6:15 (10.5MB)
Track 03. Craney Crow 6:35 (11.1MB)
Track 04. Familiar Reality 5:48 (9.8MB)
Track 05. Keep On Keepin’ On 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 06. Rock ‘n’ Roll Has Got A Beat 2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 07. Let The Good Times Roll 4:12 (7.0MB)
Track 08. I Walk On Gilded Splinters/Zu Zu Mamou 8:53 (14.9MB)
Track 09. Iko Iko (cuts in)/Band Introductions 3:22 (5.7MB)
Track 10. Little Liza Jane (cuts in) 2:30 (4.2MB)
Track 11. Mardi Gras Day 6:33 (11.0MB)
Track 12. Wang Dang Doodle 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track 13. Instrumental 1:41 (2.8MB)
61 mins

Dr John - guitar, piano, vocals
Ken Klimak - guitar
Fred Staehle - drums, percussion
Jimmy Calhoun - bass
Robbie Montgomery - vocals
Jessica Smith - vocals
Paul Hornsby - Hammond B-3 organ ?
Jaimoe - percussion

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  1. 50 Responses to “DR JOHN - SYRACUSE 1972 [R.I.P. 1941 - 2019]”

  2. thanks so much.
    I was in the french quarter in new orleans a few years before katrina and nearly bumped in the good doc, i had my sketchbook with me and he voluteered a signature along with a quick drawing of the sun ,moon and stars..this was right when he was recording the Creole Moon sessions. I told him i had seen sonny Landreth the night before at the mid city lanes rock `n` bowl and he said sonny was going to be on a few tracks on the new disc.He was really excited about Sonny`s talents..What a great memory this is for me when you meet some of these guys and they are so down to earth its refreshing.thanks again for this one big o.

    By sluggo on May 28, 2015

  3. Thanks Big-O! With Jaimoe on percussion, it’s no wonder there’s an Allman Brothers influence since he’s in their band too. Keep up the good work Big-O!

    By Jackstraw86 on May 28, 2015

  4. ANUTHA ZONE - great damn D.J. album!

    By Happy Camper on May 28, 2015

  5. Ska-Dat-Da-Dat The Spirit of Satch, like fine gumbo just gets better its so good to see all the great feedback about the music, big o rocks,

    By bronze medal on May 28, 2015

  6. Praise the great Doctor….fantastic !!!

    By Grunt on May 28, 2015

  7. Just like to add my thanks for this very fine share.
    Much appreciated

    By GMAL on May 28, 2015

  8. just in case you haven`t seen it/nice television studio gig here dr.john and johnny winter.


    By sluggo on May 28, 2015

  9. if anyone dl’s the above link from youtube and is anal about the details.. keep in mind its from toronto and its 11-23-83 and its 9 songs not 8. i keep such details listed on my copies. thought others might also. if u happen to make cds with these things that one fits fabulously on a cd along with the duets one he did with eric from roseland which u can find on the right side. if u feel so inclined.

    By darth on May 29, 2015

  10. Wrong again darth,its not from toronto , its from Hamilton CHCH tv studios/

    By sluggo on May 29, 2015

  11. Johnny never played with dr john…

    it never happened…


    By Jerry's Finger on May 29, 2015

  12. darth write this, “if anyone dl’s the above link from youtube and is anal about the details”
    and then gets the details wrong ????
    frikkin` hilarious
    you should do a sitcom Darth .

    By dropkick sarge on May 29, 2015

  13. who said anal?

    By Anne All on May 29, 2015

  14. to funny…

    glen is anal & he can’t get the details right on a lot of things that spews from his mouth/keyboard just not on this one but several fronts…

    just an asshole when it comes down to it…

    By Jerry's Finger on May 29, 2015

  15. its 44 miles away. and several sources have it listed as toronto i guess since its the biggest city near it. i shouldnt have gone by the sources i had. i didnt check it. sorry. the rest of the info is accurate. other in session performances i have were done in toronto so i guess ppl who had this one figured this was also done there as well.

    By darth on May 29, 2015

  16. Darth says”other in session performances i have were done in toronto ”

    sorry Darth all the in session shows were done in Hamilton at chch studio.it`s like saying anything taped in Syracuse was from New York city.If you are that anal about your info then you need to correct it.there were no In Session gigs done in Toronto.

    By sluggo on May 29, 2015

  17. you are the most blistering assholes ever. who fukn cares. are you posturing to be the first butt fuked by satan. soo fag’d

    By tech65 on May 29, 2015

  18. i have BIG penis. whos on first? call to find out…502 256 7125

    By tech65 on May 29, 2015

  19. yet again we start talking about the music and the kid with adt has to try and take over and darth has a new foul mouth friend darth and tech65 go to hell

    By bronze medal on May 29, 2015

  20. Fantastic reminiscence sluggo - lucky you had that sketchbook with you I would have loved to see that and am so envious. A friend did the same with Don Van Vliet who drew a little scrawl in his sketchbook! So jealous!?!! Ha!
    Anyway we could get to see it?
    Anyhow boogie on all y’all . . . . . .
    well most of you!
    And thanks Big O! As ever you rock n rule!

    By swappers on May 29, 2015

  21. thx for the shows bigO and sluggo

    By barth on May 29, 2015

  22. swappers if there was some way to contact each other without giving away emails here I`d gladly send you a scan of the dr.john autograph.

    By sluggo on May 29, 2015

  23. If I’m on this gig in Syracuse, then the line-up is wrong. First, Shirley Goodman was always one of the background singers at that time. Shirley, with Lee, recorded the original, “Let the Good Times Roll” (Shirley and Lee). Tammy Lann also on background vocals. Ronnie Baron was on organ and vocals. Ronnie Baron, to the best of my knowledge passed away. Ditimus (Richard Washington) was on percussion. (I’m not completely sure I’m spelling his Ditimus right. Ditimus also passed away. Ray Drapper (tuba) toured with us for a while. Not sure if he was on this gig. Sydney George on Sax. The musicians on the gig would have been the same as the musician’s on the Gumbo album, minus musicians who only played on the album.

    By KennyK on May 30, 2015

  24. Correction. I spelled Richard Washington’s name that we all called him wrong. It’s spelled Didymus. Sorry about that Richard, where ever you are.

    By KennyK on May 30, 2015

  25. nyc is 247 miles from syracuse. i dont think thats the same thing. there are many cities in ny state much closer to syracuse than nyc. so if someone said that a tv recording session happened in nyc when it really took place in syracuse that wouldnt make a lot of sense. however if they said that it was in albany which is approximately 160 miles north of nyc it would be a little closer. while albany isnt the only large city close to syracuse there are other cities closer to syracuse that could be referred to if say syracuse wasnt very big or known and a recording session was done there. but 44 miles isnt that far. for nearly 10 years or maybe more the albert king stevie ray in session was accepted as being in toronto til it was released and the details came out for the specifics of it. most ppl if they put anything on it other than in session put toronto and they surely didnt put more than 83 on it. i dont believe anyone knew it was december much less the 3rd. these details were obscure for years. hamilton might be familiar to u since u are up there in no mans land. i dont think most americans are that familiar with it. i sure wasnt til the chapin concert video came out in the mid to late 80s.

    By darth on May 30, 2015

  26. a wise man once said - darth, shut the fuck up.

    By barth on May 30, 2015

  27. for nearly 10 years or maybe more the albert king stevie ray in session was accepted as being in toronto til it was released and the details came out for the specifics of it.

    no it wasn`t it clearly states CHCH Television in Hamilton, and you undermine your fellow countrymen thinking that no one there knows anything about Canada. You may not know but I`ve met a lot of Americans who are a lot more worldly than you.I said syracuse /new york as a joke ,I didn`t measure the distance but I knew you`d jump all over that instead of realizing it was just a comparison and you fell right into it…you are becoming so predictable and so tedious darth..tsk tsk tsk … Oh and finally because you stated yourself that the “anal” ones want the info is the reason i corrected you because you want to write done in your notes the truth don`t you ? HAMILTON CHCH TV IN SESSION NOT TORONTO.make a note of it .

    By sluggo on May 30, 2015

  28. u used it and didnt figure it would be used??? huh? how does 247 equal 44? whats wrong with u? how can u compare?? does hamilton compare to syracuse?? how did i fall right into it and u didnt??? i think youre predictable when u had to attack me for my posting. not once but several times. why does that only apply to me but never u?? the original brdcst of the albert king / srv in session and all copies of it were 45mins. none of them said hamilton. they all omitted that. only 10 or more years later did the full version come out that was twice as long. and that one had more info with the date and actual location. sure now u can look at it and say that it says this and that. but find the original brdcst that is only 45mins long. its on youtube and u will find that it has no info as to the city or studio specifics. u probably werent collecting back then. i was. no one knew there was more than 45mins of that show til it surfaced more than a decade later. and everyones copy said toronto.
    and u dont have to measure the distance from nyc to syracuse but just as u have the internet at your disposal now and u can use it for your info source u could also use it to help u learn about distances in america as i did to learn how far hamilton was from toronto. funny how that works huh? youre still an idiot.

    By darth on May 30, 2015

  29. got dem old Histrionic Personality Disorder blooze again darthyboy?


    By barth on May 30, 2015

  30. idiot.

    By sluggo on May 30, 2015

  31. @KennyK thanks for your comments, really nice to have someone who actually played on this recording be kind enough to leave a message.

    By Je Suis Darth on May 30, 2015

  32. This site sadly has evolved into “just download the magnificent music BigO shares with us and don’t waste your tome on the comments.” I used to enjoy insights from different posters but now it’s truly about the music…

    By TDC on Jun 1, 2015

  33. having already been compromised by BigO and some of the above I’m OUT, goodbye, xox.

    By marco on Jun 1, 2015

  34. the insights are still here and i enjoy them. its the self-absorbed blathering bs that irks me.

    By barth on Jun 1, 2015

  35. o.O

    By darth on Jun 1, 2015

  36. i couldnt help but share this -


    By darth on Jun 2, 2015

  37. Great clip, Darth! Non-DJ, but innately related is:


    Prof. Longhair, Tuts Washington and Alan Touissant sharing the same stage! Muddy sound (pro for the time and coulda been worse) and low-grade video, but an amazing rarity for them that appreciates these men.

    By Happy Camper on Jun 2, 2015

  38. yeah i saw that on the right side.. when late night was on every week i wouldnt miss any eps. it was one of my all time fave performance shows. i miss it terribly. especially when they showed ancient b/w footage that no one remembered. i used to collect films from the 40s and 50s and even 60s that had blues and rock and so on in them. i have a book.. not on hand now tho.. that listed 1000s upon 1000s of these. i checked them off as i got hold of em. sometimes i even made audios of them. those i knew were one of a kinds for sure. i mean who on earth had cassette tapes of the audio track of movies from the 50s where ppl like chuck berry and jerry lee lewis and fats domino and so on were peforming? and there were as i say 1000s of these films. when these programs were on tv like that one u found on youtube or the one i posted i would take these performances and put them on audio tape or cd nowadays and i love having stuff like that knowing that these collections i create are surely special for me.
    thanks for sharing.

    By darth on Jun 2, 2015

  39. incidentally just cuz this is a dr john item.. there was a performance for some benefit at the lone star cafe downtown in nyc with all sorts of ppl in the mid 80s where dr john played with john hammond jr. there was also johnny clyde copeland with someone i think it may have been luther allison. and johnny winter with someone too.. maybe bobby bare. i know a lot of ppl joined together with others that weekend. its hard to remember who played with who now since its 30 yrs ago. i remember being told that they were rehearsing for live aid there and i didnt believe it but i got there in time to catch ron wood and keith and dylan playing for 45mins together. i caught clapton and roomful of blues for over 3 hours when eric did the michelob commercial. how i wish there were tapes of that. after 30 yrs.. nothing has shown up yet tho.
    if i brought tapes with me the soundman would stick them in and hand them back to me after the shows. i didnt abuse that too much but i got a few that were priceless. bo diddley jr jammed with several that id love to have. mick taylor jamming with several people would be nice. keith got on stage with mick taylor once there but i had no batteries for my flash. i dont think my shots are bright enough to appreciate. but i saw dr john there at least 10x.

    By darth on Jun 2, 2015

  40. darth - “i dont think my shots are bright enough to appreciate.”

    neither are your comments.

    By darths keyboard on Jun 2, 2015

  41. dr john is on tavis smiley on pbs on fri the 12th.

    By darth on Jun 7, 2015

  42. After I initially commented I seem to have cllicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox
    and now eadh time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment.
    There has to be an easy method you are able tto remove me
    from thast service? Many thanks!

    By http://bestofantiagingcare.com/ on Jul 24, 2015

  43. i dont have that option. in all these years i have never seen that option to click. i wonder if its because of the browser i use. but based on your comment here.. im wondering if its a good thing that i have never had that option. i used to have to deal with several 100 emails a day.. now i dont anymore. so it wouldnt really bother me that much if i got 4 of em like youre saying. perhaps contact bigo and see if they know why its happening that way for u.

    By darth on Jul 24, 2015

  44. Man people actually talked music back then instead of Penises

    By Kings Road on Jun 7, 2019

  45. Darth was something else .

    By Kings Road on Jun 7, 2019

  46. Why did everyone hate darth so much back then ? He was very entertaining. Look what we have here now .

    By Jaycee on Jun 7, 2019

  47. Thank you Big O for re-upping this from the good Doctor
    Another unique character taken, a main inspirer and extraordinary musician, composer, archivist
    He will be sorely missed

    By swappers on Jun 7, 2019

  48. This man is gross looking. Ugh .I don’t care how big his penis was .

    By Katie Kessler on Jun 7, 2019

  49. SIX times I was in NOLA for Jazz Fest and did not see the Doctor! I am sick over it. Tremendous performer and if you get the chance check out the album he did with Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys. Dan brought back the mystery and hoodoo the man always had. When we lost him and Leon Redbone we lost two of music’s most distinctive voices.

    By Tony on Jun 7, 2019

  50. I saw him in the late 80s with Los Lobos. The encore was a long medley of early rock-n-roll songs-Ritchie Valens, Ray Charles, Lloyd Price, Alan Toussaint, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, and too many others to remember, including ones I didn’t know. The entire auditorium was dancing–it was a phenomenal performance. He knew them all, and when David Hidalgo didn’t know one, he sang it. His solo set was a master class in New Orleans music, the medley was an improvised, all-out jam with Dr. John and the band playing “I bet you don’t remember this one” back and forth. Thank you, Mr. Rebennack.

    By Eric on Jun 7, 2019

  51. More Dr. please

    By Your Pal on Jun 7, 2019

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