Turns out, Dr. John marked his 78th birthday a year early

Published 11-21-2018

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Turns out it really was the "Right Place, Wrong Time" for Dr. John.

The New Orleans-born musician, whose discography includes that 1973 hit, celebrated his 78th birthday Wednesday. But he was apparently a year early.

Publicist Karen Beninato said she looked into it after talking to friends and relatives of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.

Music writer John Wirt, at Nola.comThe Times-Picayune, found a 1941 newspaper birth announcement for the musician, whose real name is Malcolm John Rebennack. And it's not just the year: The local musicians union confirms the correct day in its records is Nov. 20 - not Nov. 21.

Beninato says Rebennack began adding a year to his age so he could play in New Orleans clubs as a teen in the 1950s.

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