Dr. John's Gumbo

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Dr. John's Gumbo
Studio album by Dr. John
Released April 20, 1972
Genre Rock
Length 39:22
Label Atco Records
Producer Harold Battiste, Jerry Wexler
Dr. John chronology
The Sun, Moon & Herbs
Dr. John's Gumbo
In the Right Place
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

Dr. John's Gumbo is the fifth album by New Orleans singer and pianist Dr. John, a tribute to the music of his native city. The album is a collection of covers of New Orleans classics, played by a major figure in the city's music. In 2003, the album was ranked number 402 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[4] The album cover was shot in front of the huge mural adorning the wall of The Farmer John Company, (also seen in the movie Carrie), located at Soto Street and Vernon in Vernon, California.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Iko Iko" (James "Sugar Boy" Crawford)
  2. "Blow Wind Blow" (Huey "Piano" Smith, Izzy Cougarden)
  3. "Big Chief" (Earl King)
  4. "Somebody Changed the Lock" (Mac Rebennack)
  5. "Mess Around" (Ahmet Ertegün)
  6. "Let the Good Times Roll" (Earl King)
  7. "Junko Partner" (Bob Shad)
  8. "Stack-A-Lee" (Traditional)
  9. "Tipitina" (Professor Longhair)
  10. "Those Lonely Lonely Nights" (Earl King, Johnny Vincent)
  11. "Huey Smith Medley" (Huey "Piano" Smith, Johnny Vincent)
    1. "High Blood Pressure"
    2. "Don't You Just Know It"
    3. "Well I'll Be John Brown"
  12. "Little Liza Jane" (Huey "Piano" Smith, Johnny Vincent)


  • Dr. John - guitar, piano, cornet, vocals
  • Lee Allen - tenor saxophone
  • Ronnie Barron - organ, piano, vocals
  • Harold Battiste - clarinet, saxophone, horn arrangements
  • Morris Bechamin - saxophone
  • Jimmy Calhoun - bass
  • Sidney George - harmonica, saxophone
  • Shirley Goodman - vocals
  • Ken Klimak - guitar
  • Tammy Lann - vocals
  • Dave Lastie - saxophone
  • Melvin Lastie - trumpet, cornet
  • Robbie Montgomery - vocals
  • Keith Olsen - engineer
  • Alvin Robinson - guitar
  • Jessica Smith - vocals
  • Fred Staehle - drums, percussion
  • Richard Washington - percussion
  • John Ewing - trombone
  • Tom Wilkes - design, photography
  • Barry Feinstein - design, photography


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dr. John's Gumbo" at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Dr. John". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ g, manos (July 28, 2014). "Review: CD Dr. John - Dr. John's Gumbo Album". sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  4. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (Special Issue). 402 | Dr. John's Gumbo - Dr. John. November 2003. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 2008-05-10.