National Doctor’s day was established to recognize and honor the contributions of physicians to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. The first observance of Doctor’s Day in the US was held on March 30, 1933 in Winder, GA. Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to set aside a day to honor doctors. The day included mailing cards to physicians and their wives, flowers placed on the graves of deceased doctors, and a formal dinner in the home of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Randolph.

March 30th was chosen in tribute to the first ether anesthetic for surgery being administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1942. President George H. W. Bush signed a resolution in 1990 formally establishing Doctor’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated on March 30. Thus I prefer to think it was established in honor of me 😭, as my birthday is March 30th, and having received my MD in 1992, my birthday has always been the national holiday of Doctor’s Day since I became a doctor. 😉

In honor of doctors everywhere, I thought I’d use the day as the theme for my blog, songs with the word Doctor in their title. Such greats include Jackson Browne’s “Doctor My Eyes,” Van Halen’s “Somebody Get Me A Doctor,” The Radiators and Thompson Twins each with their “Doctor Doctor,” Doobie Brothers “The Doctor,” Steely Dan’s “Doctor Wu,” Men At Work’s “Dr. Hekyll & Mr. Jive.” Some harder rocking doctor songs include Ted Nugent’s “Just What The Doctor Ordered,” Black Sabbath’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor,” and Motley Crue’s “Dr. Feelgood.” And even though not in the title, figuring very prominently in the lyrics Robert Palmers “Bad Case of Loving You” – “Doctor, Doctor give me the news, I’ve got a bad case of loving you.”


“Doctor My Eyes” – Jackson Browne/Song Around The World – check out Leland Sklar on bass, Rajhesh Vaidhya on the veena (an Indian stringed instrument similar to a zither or lute), Ali Diarra on the balafon (a gourde resonating xylophone), Char on guitar looking like Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, and Chavonne Stewart with spectacular vocals:

“Bad Case of Loving You” by Robert Palmer, with his iconic dancing musician models:

“Doctor Doctor” & “Like Dreamers Do” – The Radiators at House of the Blues in New Orleans – I love this band, similar in sound to Little Feat, and wondered why their popularity wasn’t maintained:

And for a very different “Doctor Doctor” from The Thompson Twins, quintessential 80’s fare:

And talk about 80’s outrage, while the video is a bit grainy and dark at times, check out David Lee Roth’s antics and Eddy’s amazing guitar in Van Halen’s “Somebody Get Me A Doctor”:

And for a very cool reimagination of Steely Dan’s “Dr. Wu”, here’s Grace Aberhart on bass and vocals from the courtesy of her home:

Others born on Doctor’s day (in addition to me ☺️), musicians:
1942 – Graeme Edge (The Moody Blues drummer)
1945 – Eric Clapton
1962 – MC Hammer
1964 – Tracy Chapman
1968 – Celine Dion
1979 – Norah Jones
1984 – Justin Moore
1990 – Thomas Rhett

Also a few prominent artists were born on this day:
1746 – Francisco de Goya
1853 – Vincent Van Gogh

Not to mention some prominent actors:
1930 – Jon Astin , Gomez Addams in the Addams Family
1937 – Warren Beatty, actor in “Bugsy,” “Dick Tracy,” and “Reds
1950 – Robbie Coltrane, Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies
1957 – Paul Reiser, of “Mad About You” fame
1964 – Ian Zeiring, of “Beverly Hills 90210” fame

I encourage you to use this day to reach out to and thank the doctors who have made a difference in your life, to whom you entrust your life.

Now on to the music, for “music is the doctor”

Music is the doctor
Makes you feel like you want to
Listen to the doctor
Just like you ought to
I said music is the doctor
Of my soul

The Doobie brothers – music is the doctor

I hope that this music and my blog truly serve as a “revival: a new presentation of something old,” a springboard to return to the music of your youth, or perhaps to find artists you want to discover anew.  Rediscover the passion of music in your life.

Live in the moment.

Enjoy the moment.

Love the moment.

Listen to the MUSIC!