February 1973 – Right Place Wrong Time by Dr. John

February 1973 – a song popular in this month – Right Place Wrong Time by Dr. John

Easily the most recognized song from Dr. John’s long and varied recorded output, “Right Place, Wrong Time” is a pivotal track that marries the legacy of the good doctor’s New Orleans rhythm-and-blues ancestors to the bold funk that dominated black American music at the time of the record’s release.

Interesting facts about Right Place Wrong Time & Dr. John

Lyrically, “Right Place, Wrong Time” is standard blues fare, documenting in ironic one-liners the singer’s propensity for misfortune.

While “Right Place, Wrong Time” was Dr. John’s lone rise to the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, the song has been ubiquitous in American popular culture for decades since.

While he Dr. John continued his high-profile session work throughout the 1970s, appearing, for instance, on Carly Simon and James Taylor’s hit, “Mockingbird,” and lending keyboards to Rickie Lee Jones’s Grammy-winning debut, his largest commercial success as a solo artist came with Gumbo’s follow-up: In the Right Place in 1973.

Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Dr. John in 2011, more than forty years after the birth of his colorful alter ego.

He wrote the theme song for the TV show Blossom, which ran from 1990-1995. In the open, the show’s star Mayim Bialik dances exuberantly to the song. Bialik would later join the cast of the show The Big Bang Theory.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

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