Allen Toussaint

Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013

American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the end of the century, described as "one of popular music's great backroom figures".

- Allen Toussaint
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009

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Dr. John at the 2007
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Dr. John

American singer and songwriter.

American singer and songwriter.

Dr. John at the 2007
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Dr. John at the 2006 Jazz à Vienne festival, in Vienne, France
Dr. John at the Liri Blues Festival, Italy, July 2010
Dr. John performing at Le Poisson Rouge, New York City, 2011

In 1973, with Allen Toussaint producing and The Meters backing, Dr. John released the seminal New Orleans funk album In the Right Place.

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Make It Funky (film)

2005 American documentary film directed, written and co-produced by Michael Murphy.

2005 American documentary film directed, written and co-produced by Michael Murphy.

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The film is narrated by Art Neville, and the interviewees include local music pioneers Allen Toussaint, Lloyd Price, Irma Thomas, and Aaron Neville, contemporary New Orleans musicians Kermit Ruffins and Trombone Shorty, as well as rock musicians Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards, who describe the influence of New Orleans music on their careers.

Porter Jr. performing in 2004

George Porter Jr.

American musician, best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters.

American musician, best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters.

Porter Jr. performing in 2004
Porter performs at Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco, May 2011

After a short time, however, the band was trimmed down to four core members - Art Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and Porter Jr. The four were playing six nights a week at a Bourbon Street bar called Ivanhoe when they were approached by Allen Toussaint and asked if they wanted to sign a record deal.

The Meters performing in 2011

The Meters

American funk band formed in 1965 in New Orleans by Zigaboo Modeliste , George Porter Jr. (bass), Leo Nocentelli (guitar) and Art Neville (keyboards).

American funk band formed in 1965 in New Orleans by Zigaboo Modeliste , George Porter Jr. (bass), Leo Nocentelli (guitar) and Art Neville (keyboards).

The Meters performing in 2011

The band performed and recorded their own music from the late 1960s until 1977 and played an influential role as backing musicians for other artists, including Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint.

King at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1997

Earl King

American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, most active in blues music.

American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, most active in blues music.

King at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1997

In 1972, he was joined by Allen Toussaint and the Meters to record the album Street Parade.

Lee Dorsey

American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s.

American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s.

Much of his work was produced by Allen Toussaint, with instrumental backing provided by the Meters.

Thomas at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2006

Irma Thomas

American singer from New Orleans.

American singer from New Orleans.

Thomas at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2006
Thomas appearing with James Taylor and others in 2008

She then began recording on the Minit label, working with songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint on songs including "It's Raining" and "Ruler of My Heart", which was later reinterpreted by Otis Redding as "Pain in My Heart".

Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

2007 tribute album by various artists to Fats Domino, issued by Vanguard Records.

2007 tribute album by various artists to Fats Domino, issued by Vanguard Records.

7) "I Want to Walk You Home" (Domino, Bartholomew) Allen Toussaint and Paul McCartney

The Band in 1969: (left to right) Manuel, Hudson, Helm, Robertson, Danko

The Band

Canadian-American rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1967.

Canadian-American rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1967.

The Band in 1969: (left to right) Manuel, Hudson, Helm, Robertson, Danko
"Big Pink" in 2006
L to R: Danko, Helm and Manuel on tour in Hamburg, Germany, in 1971
Hudson in 1971
Bob Dylan and the Band in Chicago, 1974: (left to right) Danko, Robertson, Dylan and Helm
The Band with guests at the Last Waltz concert. Photo: David Gans
The Band in Hamburg, 1971: (left to right) Manuel, Danko, Robertson, and Helm

Cahoots featured Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece", "4% Pantomime" (with Van Morrison), and "Life Is a Carnival", the last featuring a horn arrangement by Allen Toussaint.

Raitt in 2000

Bonnie Raitt

American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and political activist.

American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and political activist.

Raitt in 2000
Raitt performing at the Berkeley Community Theater, 1976–1977
Raitt at the 1990 Grammy Awards
Raitt performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 23, 2004
Raitt with musician Jackson Browne at a 1997 press conference opposing the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository

In the film, Raitt performs "What is Success" with Allen Toussaint and band, a song he wrote and that Raitt included on her 1974 album Streetlights.