Palmer performing live at Sunset Strip Roxy in 1986
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
The Meters performing in 2011
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013

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.

- The Meters

His first solo album, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, recorded in 1974 in New Orleans, Louisiana, was heavily influenced by the music of Little Feat and the funk fusion of the Meters, who acted as the backing band along with producer/guitarist Lowell George of Little Feat.

- Robert Palmer (singer)

Notably, "Sailin' Shoes" (the album's first track, and a Little Feat cover), Palmer's own "Hey Julia", and the Allen Toussaint-penned title track carry virtually the same rhythm, and were packaged on the album as a "trilogy" without a pause between them.

- Robert Palmer (singer)

They later became known as The Meters.

- Allen Toussaint

In the 1970s, Toussaint began to work with artists from beyond New Orleans artists, such as B. J. Thomas, Robert Palmer, Willy DeVille, Sandy Denny, Elkie Brooks, Solomon Burke, Scottish soul singer Frankie Miller (High Life), and southern rocker Mylon LeFevre.

- Allen Toussaint
Palmer performing live at Sunset Strip Roxy in 1986

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