Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
Side A of the US single
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013
Labelle in 1975

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.

- Allen Toussaint

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

- Lady Marmalade
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009

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Nightbirds

Album by the all-female singing group Labelle, released in 1974 on the Epic label.

Album by the all-female singing group Labelle, released in 1974 on the Epic label.

The album features the group's biggest hit, the song "Lady Marmalade", and it became their most successful album to date.

Allen Toussaint - keyboards, percussion, guitar, arrangements

Labelle members (left to right: Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash) in 1975

Labelle

American all-female singing group who were a popular vocal group of the 1960s and 1970s.

American all-female singing group who were a popular vocal group of the 1960s and 1970s.

Labelle members (left to right: Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash) in 1975

Finally – after adapting glam rock and wearing outlandish space-age and glam costumes – the group found success with the proto-disco smash "Lady Marmalade" in 1974, leading to their album Nightbirds, which achieved gold success.

In 1974, Wickham had the group signed to Epic Records where they recorded their breakthrough album, Nightbirds, in New Orleans with producer Allen Toussaint.

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.

At the same time, The Meters were performing as session musicians on numerous hit records, including "Right Place, Wrong Time," "Lady Marmalade," "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley," and "Southern Nights."