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

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Get Out of My Life, Woman

"Get Out of My Life, Woman" is a song written by Allen Toussaint and first recorded by Lee Dorsey.

Lady Marmalade

Song written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, originally for Nolan's disco group.

Side A of the US single
Labelle in 1975

Crewe showed the song to Allen Toussaint in New Orleans, and Toussaint then decided to record the song with Labelle.

Professor Longhair

American singer and pianist who performed New Orleans blues.

Professor Longhair at 1975 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Former home of Professor Longhair, in 2015
Piano excerpt from the rumba boogie "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" (1949) by Professor Longhair. 2-3 clave is written above for rhythmic reference.

Music journalist Tony Russell (in his book The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray) wrote that "The vivacious rhumba-rhythmed piano blues and choked singing typical of Fess were too weird to sell millions of records; he had to be content with siring musical offspring who were simple enough to manage that, like Fats Domino or Huey "Piano" Smith. But he is also acknowledged as a father figure by subtler players like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John."

New Orleans rhythm and blues

Style of rhythm and blues that originated in New Orleans.

Allen Toussaint, noted New Orleans rhythm and blues artist, at a festival in New Orleans, 2009
Roy Brown
Dave Bartholomew
Fats Domino

Allen Toussaint, an important figure in New Orleans R&B, described him as "The Bach of Rock 'n' Roll".

Fortune Teller (song)

"Fortune Teller" is a song written by Allen Toussaint under the pseudonym Naomi Neville and first recorded by Benny Spellman.

Working in the Coal Mine

Original vinyl release

"Working in the Coal Mine" is a song with music and lyrics by the American musician and record producer Allen Toussaint.

Java (instrumental)

"Java" is an instrumental adaptation from a 1958 LP of piano compositions, The Wild Sounds of New Orleans, by Tousan, also known as New Orleans producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint.

Southern Nights (song)

"Southern Nights" is a song written and recorded by Allen Toussaint, from his 1975 album, Southern Nights, and later recorded by American country music singer Glen Campbell.

Irma Thomas

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".

Mother-in-Law (song)

1961 song recorded by Ernie K-Doe.

The song was written and produced by Allen Toussaint, who also played the piano solo.