From the Vault: Dr. John and Eric Clapton Play “St. James Infirmary”

Editor’s Note: The Daily Music Break often re-posts music from earlier in the run of the site. This is a good one. It initially was posted on April 12, 2012.

The above clip perhaps is a bit more Clapton than Dr. John, but it’s great.

Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. — Dr. John — seems like he’s been around forever. Actually, he was born in 1940. He is a great piano player and showman and an all-around interesting “care-actor,” as he pronounces it.

Here is the teaser for his latest offering, which The New York Times described at the end of March. His pure piano playing brilliance is on display in Swanee River Boogie. Two of his big hits are Right Place, Wrong Time and Such a Night.