An announcement of the concert said surprise guests would be added to the lineup. The gathering will be led by musician and label executive Don Was, who said in a statement, "Dr. John transcends genres with a truly distinctive sound that embodies the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and has tremendously influenced the course of music history."
The 71-year-old New Orleans native began working as a session guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter in the 1950s and '60s, and first surfaced nationally with his 1968 album "Gris-Gris," a few years after he'd moved to Los Angeles to further his career. He subsequently made his biggest splash on the pop charts in 1973 with his Top 10 hit single "Right Place Wrong Time," which pushed his album "Right Place" into the Top 30 that year.
He was inducted into the
Tickets for the tribute concert go on sale March 10.
Here's a video of Dr. John singing the title track from his 1992 album "Goin' Back to New Orleans":
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