A report on Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas

Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
Thomas at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2006
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
Thomas appearing with James Taylor and others in 2008
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013

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".

- Irma Thomas

Toussaint played piano, wrote, arranged and produced a string of hits in the early and mid-1960s for New Orleans R&B artists such as Ernie K-Doe, Chris Kenner, Irma Thomas (including "It's Raining"), Art and Aaron Neville, The Showmen, and Lee Dorsey, whose first hit "Ya Ya" he produced in 1961.

- 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

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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.

Some of the songs created with Pomus were recorded by Marianne Faithfull, B.B. King, Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, and others.

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.

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

25) "I Just Can't Get New Orleans Off My Mind" (Domino) Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball

It's Raining (Irma Thomas song)

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"It's Raining" is a soul/R&B ballad, credited as written by Naomi Neville.

It was first recorded in November 1961 by Irma Thomas, and produced by Allen Toussaint.

One logo included on many of their records starting in 1966

Minit Records

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American independent record label, originally based in New Orleans and founded by Joe Banashak in 1959.

American independent record label, originally based in New Orleans and founded by Joe Banashak in 1959.

One logo included on many of their records starting in 1966
Minit Records

Ernie K. Doe, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, and Benny Spellman were early artists on the label.

Allen Toussaint was responsible for much of the label's early success, he wrote, produced, arranged and played piano on a number of tracks.

American DVD cover

Make It Funky (film)

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

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

American DVD cover

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.