A report on Allen Toussaint

Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013

American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the end of the century, described as "one of popular music's great backroom figures".

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

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I Like It Like That (Chris Kenner song)

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"I Like It Like That" is a song by Chris Kenner and Allen Toussaint, first recorded by Kenner, whose version reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1961.

Nocentelli performing in 2006

Leo Nocentelli

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American musician and songwriter best known as a founding member and lead guitarist of the funk band The Meters.

American musician and songwriter best known as a founding member and lead guitarist of the funk band The Meters.

Nocentelli performing in 2006

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

Marshall Sehorn

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Marshall Estus Sehorn (June 25, 1934 – December 5, 2006) was an American A&R man, songwriter, music publisher and entrepreneur who played an important role in the development of R&B and popular music in New Orleans between the 1950s and 1970s, particularly as the business partner of record producer Allen Toussaint.

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.

Allen Toussaint, noted New Orleans rhythm and blues artist, at a festival in New Orleans, 2009

New Orleans rhythm and blues

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Style of rhythm and blues that originated in New Orleans.

Style of rhythm and blues that originated in New Orleans.

Allen Toussaint, noted New Orleans rhythm and blues artist, at a festival in New Orleans, 2009
Roy Brown
Dave Bartholomew
Fats Domino

Allen Toussaint, an important figure in New Orleans R&B, described him as "The Bach of Rock 'n' Roll".

1978 press photo of Zevon

Warren Zevon

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American rock singer, songwriter, and musician.

American rock singer, songwriter, and musician.

1978 press photo of Zevon
Zevon touring solo in Heidelberg as the opener for Jackson Browne in 1976
Country rock musician Linda Ronstadt helped popularize Zevon's songs in the 1970s
Comedian and TV host David Letterman was credited by Zevon as "being the best friend my music ever had"
Friend Jackson Browne reunited with Zevon for his final album

Along with his own work, he recorded or performed occasional covers, including Allen Toussaint's "A Certain Girl", Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan", Steve Winwood's "Back in the High Life Again", and Prince's "Raspberry Beret".

Here Come the Girls (song)

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"Here Come the Girls" is a song written by Allen Toussaint and originally recorded by Ernie K-Doe and released in 1971.

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

Holy Cow (Lee Dorsey song)

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"Holy Cow" is a song written by Allen Toussaint and performed by Lee Dorsey.

1972 Spanish single

Ooh Poo Pah Doo

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Song written and performed by Jessie Hill.

Song written and performed by Jessie Hill.

1972 Spanish single

It was arranged and produced by Allen Toussaint.