Right Place, Wrong Time
Mac Rebennack was better known (and still is) as Dr John. His first ground-breaking album ‘Gris Gris’ in 1968, combined New Orleans Soul, Cajun, Blues, and even Voodoo influences. I was captivated by the track ‘Walk On Gilded Splinters’, later covered by Marsha Hunt, with some success. By 1973, after two more successful albums, he was embracing the niche market of New Orleans funk, working with the legendary producer, Alain Toussaint.
That year, he released the album ‘In The Right Place’, working alongside such Blues legends as Mike Bloomfield. This contained the track in question, and I was immediately enthralled by this diversion into the burgeoning Funk market. He still performs to this day, and is well-known to any viewers of ‘Later With Jools Holland’, here in the UK. Luckily for us, time has not diminished his talent, and his piano work, alongside gravelly vocals, is an absolute joy to hear.
I was 21 in 1973, and still enjoy this track every bit as much as I did then. I hope that you also get pleasure from listening to it.
Here is the full album for your enjoyment. the featured track comes first.