A report on Allen Toussaint and The Meters

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

They later became known as The Meters.

- Allen Toussaint
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009

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Porter Jr. performing in 2004

George Porter Jr.

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Porter Jr. performing in 2004
Porter performs at Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco, May 2011

George Porter Jr. (born December 26, 1947) is an American musician, best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters.

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.

Nocentelli performing in 2006

Leo Nocentelli

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Nocentelli performing in 2006

Leo Nocentelli (born June 15, 1946) is an American musician and songwriter best known as a founding member and lead guitarist of the funk band The Meters.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Nocentelli wrote, co-wrote and did session work – mostly in Cosimo, Sansu, and Sea-Saint studios.

Modeliste in 2010

Ziggy Modeliste

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Modeliste in 2010

Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste (born December 28, 1948), also known as Zigaboo, is an American drummer best known as a founding member of the funk band the Meters.

The band was eventually signed to Allen Toussaint's record label Sansu Enterprises and served as the label's studio band.

Lee Dorsey

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American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s.

American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s.

Much of his work was produced by Allen Toussaint, with instrumental backing provided by the Meters.

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.

Palmer performing live at Sunset Strip Roxy in 1986

Robert Palmer (singer)

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English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer.

English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer.

Palmer performing live at Sunset Strip Roxy in 1986

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.

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.

The Wild Tchoupitoulas

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The Wild Tchoupitoulas were originally a group of Mardi Gras Indians formed in the early 1970s by George "Big Chief Jolly" Landry.

The Wild Tchoupitoulas were originally a group of Mardi Gras Indians formed in the early 1970s by George "Big Chief Jolly" Landry.

With help from local New Orleans musicians The Meters, The Wild Tchoupitoulas recorded an eponymous album, which featured the "call-and-response" style chants typical of Mardi Gras Indians.

The album was produced by famed New Orleans writer-musician-producer Allen Toussaint.