Dr. John's "Solo Piano Live in New Orleans 1984" out via Tipitina’s Record Club

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Tipitina’s Record Club – an exclusive subscription service from Tipitina’s, the legendary New Orleans nightclub owned and operated by Galactic – is honoring the one and only Dr. John with Solo Piano Live In New Orleans 1984, a previously unreleased concert recording available now at all DSPs and on 180-gram custom-colored vinyl at all physical retailers.

Arriving just days after what would have been the late Dr. John’s 82nd birthday on November 20, Solo Piano Live In New Orleans 1984 offers a rare opportunity to hear the iconic New Orleans musician in a solo setting. Recorded April 27, 1984, aboard the historic SS President (Riverboat), with the good Dr. headlining alongside fellow Big Easy luminaries Fats Domino and The Neville Brothers, the never-before-released concert – sees the 6x GRAMMY® Award-winning master performing familiar hits from his rich catalog alongside some of his own favorite New Orleans classics.

When we first heard this recording of Dr. John playing live solo piano at the peak of his career we felt like kids in a candy store,” says Galactic’s Robert Mercurio. “It sounds like it was a special evening, and we are so excited to get to share it with the world. Candy for everyone!”

“No theatrics, no amplification,” says Galactic’s Ben Ellman. “Just Dr. John solo on piano showcasing his mastery on this unearthed gem.”




Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. aka Dr. John was a 6x GRAMMY® Award-winning musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture.

His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex, Frankie Ford, and Allen Toussaint. Dr. John headed west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing keyboards on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones. During that time he launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Nite Tripper. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album, Gris-Gris, which introduced to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock, and Creole roots. Further career highlights include 1971’s masterful Sun, Moon and Herbs (featuring cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger) and 1973’s In The Right Place, the latter of which contained the classic chart hits, “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”

Among his countless honors and accolades, Dr. John received six GRAMMY® Awards (along with six additional nominations), induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Jazz Foundation of America’s Hank Jones Award, the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s Louie Award, and an honorary doctorate from Tulane University alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

After more than half a century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John unexpectedly passed away on June 6, 2019, from a sudden, massive heart attack. His extraordinary legacy lives on, a truly one-of-a-kind musical brew infused with all the magic and history of his beloved New Orleans. For more information about Dr. John, please visit nitetripper.com.


Tipitina’s Record Club presents six specially curated, bi-monthly records celebrating the music and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South each year, spanning archival milestones, never-before-heard rarities, out-of-print reissues, and brand-new recordings, all on limited edition, 180g custom-colored vinyl exclusive to subscribers. Bi-monthly and annual subscriptions are available now. Free shipping is included for subscribers in the contiguous United States.

Tipitina’s is of course one of America’s most iconic music venues. Since its opening in 1977, Tipitina’s has stood the test of time by hosting the most talented musicians and groups from New Orleans and the world at large, including the renowned Crescent City-based instrumental outfit, Galactic. In late 2018, Galactic announced their purchase of the internationally famous two-story yellow building on the corner of Tchoupitoulas Street and Napoleon Avenue, promising to both further Tipitina’s rich traditions while also continuing to honor the remarkable musical history of the Gulf South.



(Tipitina’s Record Club)


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