Outsider blues musician invented by artist, actor, composer, podcaster John Lurie for the 1999 album The Legendary Marvin Pontiac* – Greatest Hits. He followed it up in 2017 with another release, Marvin Pontiac: The Asylum Tapes.
Lurie wrote Pontiac as a hipster's musical archaeological wet dream: outsider, person of color, troubled genius, went insane, never heard of but yet left a bunch of recorded material.
He was born in Mali in 1932, and killed by a bus in Detroit in 1977.
Real musicians on the album include: John Medeski, Billy Martin, G. Calvin Weston, Marc Ribot, and Tony Scherr. Lurie is a real saxophonist with band The Lounge Lizards.