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Passing Of Dr. John Brings To Mind Ten Other Artists Whose Names Have Medical Associations

Updated on June 13, 2019

Old Crow Medicine Show Has Been Around For Almost Twenty Years Now

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One Of These Artists Got A Hit And A Subsequent Cover Photo From Rolling Stone

The music world lost yet another of its legends, when veteran blues rocker Dr. John passed away last week. Although casual fans knew him primarily because of his Top Ten hit "Right Place Wrong Time", his influence reached a much greater audience.


The performer, whose real name was actually Michael John Rebbenack, died of a heart attack on Saturday at age 77. Myriads of his fellow artists have offered praise to Dr. John, including Ringo Starr, Travis Tritt, Harry Connick and the Doobie Brothers.


Of all the performers who have referred to themselves as a musical physician, Dr. John was no doubt the most influential. Here are ten other artists or bands whose names have medical associations.

1. Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show

Best known for the number smash "The Cover of the Rolling Stone", these health specialists had a few years before scored a big hit with "Sylvia's Mother."


2. Dr. Dog

Veterinarian would be a great occupation for a name like this, but these guys chose to nurse eccentric, psychedelic sounds rather than household pets.


3. Dr. Dre

Andre Ramell Young started out as a successful rapper, but more recently he has become one of the most sought-after producers in the music business.


4. Spin Doctors

Entering the scene during the British New Wave scene of the early Eighties, this band mixed classic guitar rock with doses of reggae and punk.


5. Surfer Blood

These alt rockers have released several quality albums, highlighted by Pythons from 2014.


6. Johnny Marr and the Healers

For his first collaboration after splitting with Morrissey and the Smiths, Marr hooked up with this band who recorded a sensational self-titled debut album.


7. Dr. Feelgood

Virtually unknown in the States, this British R&B outfit had nearly a dozen albums and singles that charted in the UK, including the LP Stupidity and the Top Ten hit "Milk and Honey."


8. Clean Living

Probably these guys are best known for their early Seventies hit " In Heaven There Is No Beer (That's Why We Drink It Here)."


9. Nurses

This duo comprised of Aaron Chapman and John Bowers are currently making a name for themselves with a multi-genre sound blending psychedelic room with folk rock and experimental techno.


10. Old Crow Medicine Show

Remedy, the alternative country's ninth album, won a Grammy Award back in 2014.

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