Professor Longhair was an important influence on Rebennack. Rebennack gained fame beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with music that combined New Orleans-style rhythm and blues with psychedelic rock and stage shows that bordered on voodoo religious ceremonies, including elaborate costumes and headdress. For a time he was billed as Doctor John, The Night Tripper. The name "Dr. John" came from a legendary Louisiana voodoo practitioner from the start of the 19th century.
He is perhaps best known for his 1973 hit song, "Right Place, Wrong Time", which reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was also a prominent session musician at this time, playing piano, for example, with The Rolling Stones on the popular 1972 song Let It Loose, as well as on the popular Carly Simon and James Taylor duet of "Mockingbird" in 1974. He also contributed the song "More and More" to Simon's Playing Possum album. He was co-producer on Van Morrison's 1978 album A Period of Transition and also played keyboards and guitar. He has played and recorded with Willy DeVille. His music has been featured in many films including "Such a Night" in "Colors" in 1988.
Dr. John has also done vocals for Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits' "Luv dat chicken..." jingle, as well as the theme song ("My Opinionation") for the early-1990s television sitcom Blossom. A version of "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" with Harry Connick, Jr. was released on Connick's album 20 and VHS Singin' & Swingin' in 1990.Dr. John - Gris Gris