Under a Hoodoo Moon is one in all rock's most unique and infectious autobiographies. In its pages, Dr. John, the alchemist of latest Orleans psychedelic funk, tells his tale, and what a narrative it truly is: of 4 a long time at the street, at the charts, out and in of hassle, yet continuously steeped within the piano-based soulful grind of latest Orleans rhythmn & blues of which he's the acknolwedged excessive guru. From adolescence as a prodigal prodigy between Fifties legends from Little Richard and fat Domino to sesssions with the Rolling Stones and the Band; from recording studio to juke joint to prison to global excursions; from Mac Rebennack to Dr. John the evening Tripper, this can be the testomony of our funkiest rock storyteller. filled with wit and wordplay, stories of hoodoo saints and high-living sinners, Under a Hoodoo Moon casts a spell as challenging to withstand as Mardi Gras itself.
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They made the drummer play a again beat with brushes on a snare, and bought it to sound like a stick. Henry was once prepared to attempt all types of other parts of items, blending jazz and blues and gospel to return up with a few cutting edge stuff. Henry and that i labored on Levon Helm's RCO All-Stars album. Henry and that i have been in Woodstock and commenced rehearsing those tunes of Henry's, and the tunes that Henry introduced in encouraged me to put in writing a few tunes, a l. a. Henry, of my very own. At a definite aspect, the checklist humans gazing over the RCO All-Stars undertaking acquired anxious simply because Henry was once exerting lots impact over the list, they usually made up our minds to tug the plug on his involvement with the band. The be aware round the on the time used to be that he was once overproducing; supposedly, he had performed so on a Paul Butterfield checklist. yet taking possibilities used to be Henry's variety. i do know you may say that he may have "overproduced" a few of Little Willie John's stuff again within the fifties. sometimes, he might positioned strings and a refrain of voices on his files. yet he used to be into making advertisement hits. occasionally his method did not paintings, and he ended up with an eccentric checklist (which was once fascinating in itself). yet loads of instances, he laid it correct within the groove and the checklist simply exploded right into a monster hit and entered the sector of vintage tunes. so far as the RCO All-Stars venture went, i do know that Levon and the opposite men felt lot of the power went out of the recording attempt after Henry was once long gone. I used to blow into manhattan and meet Henry Glover and document Pomus on the Sherry Netherland (we known as it the Sherry Never-Never Land) in manhattan. Henry had a bit electrical piano manage there, and we might all play every one other's stuff whereas we have been attempting to paintings up a few songs. My young ones could wander in; Doc's young ones might wander in; we might order up room provider and time drifted away candy and delicate. not anything ever appeared to get entire there, however the feeling used to be nice. there has been no strain from anyone, simply the joys of swapping music principles with nice songwriters. I knew approximately document Pomus, simply as I did approximately Henry Glover, from his acceptance. document had written one of the most well-known rock and roll songs to return out of the fifties and early sixties - "Save the final Dance for Me," "Suspicion," "Young Blood," and "Lonely Avenue," to call a number of. document and that i had met a few times at gigs, yet I had by no means labored with him until eventually approximately 1977 or 1978. i used to be operating at plenty of classes for Atlantic in the course of these days and for this reason was once in manhattan, which used to be Doc's place of origin, quite a lot. Joel Dorn, who at the moment used to be at Atlantic generating humans like Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Roland Kirk, and Les McCann, bought us jointly to write down a tune, a brand new nationwide anthem, for a film he used to be backing. i have nonetheless received a fond spot in my middle approximately that venture simply because Joel used to speak about having Fathead Newman, certainly one of my closest companions, dribbling a basketball with one hand and enjoying his sax with the opposite in this nationwide anthem.