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Right Place, Wrong Time (Dr. John song)

"Right Place, Wrong Time" is a song by American musician Dr. John. It was the first single from his sixth album, In the Right Place and became his greatest hit.

"Right Place, Wrong Time"
Right Place, Wrong Time - Dr. John.jpg
Single by Dr. John
from the album In the Right Place
B-side "I Been Hoodood"
Released April 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre Funk rock, New Orleans R&B
Length 2:50
Label Atco
Songwriter(s) Mac Rebennack
Producer(s) Allen Toussaint
Dr. John singles chronology
"Iko Iko"
"Right Place, Wrong Time"
"Such a Night"
"Iko Iko"
"Right Place, Wrong Time"
"Such a Night"

During the summer of 1973, the song peaked at number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It is ranked as the 24th biggest hit of 1973. In Canada, the song reached number six.[1]

A verse lyric from the song ("Just need a little brain salad surgery/got to cure my insecurity") was the inspiration for the title of the album Brain Salad Surgery by the English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, replacing the working title of Whip Some Skull on Yer. Both titles are slang expressions for fellatio.


Chart historyEdit

Use in mediaEdit

"Right Place, Wrong Time" was included in the soundtrack of the 2000 comedy film, Lucky Numbers. The song was featured in an episode of American Horror Story: Coven and also in the movies Dazed and Confused and Sahara, as well as the trailer for the second season of Fargo.

Cover versionsEdit

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion covered the song, releasing it on Acme Plus, the UK version of Xtra-Acme USA.


  1. ^ Canada RPM Weekly, July 7, 1973
  2. ^ Canada RPM Weekly, July 7, 1973
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 7, 1973
  5. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (February 8, 2017). "Image:RPM Weekly". 
  6. ^

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