Dr. John's Gumbo

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Dr. John's Gumbo
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 20, 1972
StudioSound City Studios, Van Nuys, Los Angeles
ProducerHarold Battiste, Jerry Wexler
Dr. John chronology
The Sun, Moon & Herbs
Dr. John's Gumbo
In the Right Place
Singles from Dr. John's Gumbo
  1. "Iko Iko"
    Released: March 1972
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Dr. John's Gumbo released in 1972 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. It marked the beginning of Dr. John's transition away from the eccentric stage character that earned him a cult following, and toward a more straightforward image based on New Orleans' R&B traditions.

In 2012, the album was ranked number 404 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. The album was on the Billboard 200 charts for eleven weeks, charting as high as #112 on June 24, 1972.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Iko Iko" (James "Sugar Boy" Crawford) – 4:08
  2. "Blow Wind Blow" (Huey "Piano" Smith, Izzy Cougarden) – 3:17
  3. "Big Chief" (Earl King) – 3:25
  4. "Somebody Changed the Lock" (Mac Rebennack) – 2:42
  5. "Mess Around" (Ahmet Ertegun) – 3:09
  6. "Let the Good Times Roll" (Earl King) – 3:56
  7. "Junko Partner" (Bob Shad) – 4:27
  8. "Stack-A-Lee" (Traditional; arranged by Leon T. Gross (Archibald)) – 3:28
  9. "Tipitina" (Professor Longhair) – 2:04
  10. "Those Lonely Lonely Nights" (Earl King, Johnny Vincent) – 2:30
  11. "Huey Smith Medley" (Huey "Piano" Smith, Johnny Vincent) – 3:17
    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) – 2:59

"Thanks to Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band for the suggestion to cut 'Iko Iko'"




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  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dr. John's Gumbo" at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (August 1972). "The Christgau Consumer Guide". Creem. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. May 31, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Billboard 200 - June 24, 1972". Retrieved July 19, 2017.