A report on Dr. John and Allen Toussaint

Dr. John at the 2007
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
Dr. John at the 2006 Jazz à Vienne festival, in Vienne, France
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
Dr. John at the Liri Blues Festival, Italy, July 2010
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013
Dr. John performing at Le Poisson Rouge, New York City, 2011

He was a producer for hundreds of recordings, among the best known of which are "Right Place, Wrong Time", by his longtime friend Dr. John, and "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle.

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

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Thomas at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2006

Irma Thomas

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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".

Dr. John

Professor Longhair at 1975 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Professor Longhair

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American singer and pianist who performed New Orleans blues.

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."

Right Place, Wrong Time (song)

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"Right Place, Wrong Time" is a song by American musician Dr. John.

Allen Toussaint – piano, percussion, rhythm guitar, horn arrangements

Original theatrical release poster

The Last Waltz

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Concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Original theatrical release poster
The Band, with Bob Dylan and guests, during "I Shall Be Released"
The Band's drummer and vocalist Levon Helm
Bluesman Muddy Waters guested with The Band for the concert.
Dylan and the Band, 1974
Guest Neil Young at a 1976 concert in America.

The Last Waltz was advertised as The Band's "farewell concert appearance", and the concert had The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including their previous employers Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan, as well as Paul Butterfield, Bobby Charles, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, and Neil Young.

They were backed by a large horn section with charts arranged by Allen Toussaint and other musicians.

In the Right Place

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In the Right Place is the sixth album by the New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John.

Allen Toussaint – piano, electronic piano, acoustic guitar, conga drums, tambourine, background vocals, vocal arrangements, arrangement and conducting

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

The Band

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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.

Other guests they admired (and in most cases had worked with before) included Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Bobby Charles, Neil Diamond, and Paul Butterfield.

Louisiana Music Hall of Fame

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Non-profit hall of fame based in Baton Rouge, the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana, that seeks to honor and preserve the state's music culture and heritage and to promote education about the state's unique role in contributing to American indigenous and popular music in the 20th century.

Non-profit hall of fame based in Baton Rouge, the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana, that seeks to honor and preserve the state's music culture and heritage and to promote education about the state's unique role in contributing to American indigenous and popular music in the 20th century.

Among the over 250 artists who have been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame to date are Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Dave Bartholomew, Elvis Presley, Johnny Rivers, Lloyd Price, Lead Belly, Cosimo Matassa, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Pete Fountain, Buddy Guy, Gov. Jimmie Davis, Ellis Marsalis, Webb Pierce, Dale Hawkins, Louis Prima, Percy Sledge, Irma Thomas, Roy Brown, "Dr. John" Mac Rebennack, Jelly Roll Morton, Allen Toussaint, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Bill Conti, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Hunter Hayes, Hank Williams Sr. & Jr., and Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

King at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1997

Earl King

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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.

His funeral was held on April 30, during the festival, and many musicians attended it, including Dr. John, Leo Nocentelli and Aaron Neville.

Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

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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

9) "Don't Leave Me This Way" (Domino, Bartholomew) Dr. John

The Meters performing in 2011

The Meters

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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.