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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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.

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

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

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)

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Song first recorded by New Orleans singer Benny Spellman in 1962.

Song first recorded by New Orleans singer Benny Spellman in 1962.

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It was written by Allen Toussaint under the pseudonym Naomi Neville.

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

Labelle

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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

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

Huey "Piano" Smith

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American rhythm-and-blues pianist whose sound was influential in the development of rock and roll.

American rhythm-and-blues pianist whose sound was influential in the development of rock and roll.

Art Neville added, "My three brothers and I were all singers and musicians, but we didn't officially come together as a group until 1976, when we sang back-up harmony on 'The Wild Tchoupitoulas'--my Uncle Jolly's album. It was named after his tribe and featured Mardi Gras Indian call-and-response chants. Members of the New Orleans band the Meters were on there, and it was co-produced by Allen Toussaint. That's the first time we recorded Cyril's "Brother John." "In the case of "Brother John,", Cyril Neville noted, "I wrote the lyrics in the early '70s with my Uncle Jolly [George Landry]. They're set to a song with an African rhythm that was popular with every Mardi Gras Indian tribe then. James "Sugar Boy" Crawford was first to popularize this rhythm on his 1954 hit "Jock-a-Mo." I wrote "Brother John's" lyrics with my uncle as a tribute to a friend—John 'Scarface' Williams—who had been killed a short time earlier."

Raitt in 2000

Bonnie Raitt

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American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and political activist.

American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and political activist.

Raitt in 2000
Raitt performing at the Berkeley Community Theater, 1976–1977
Raitt at the 1990 Grammy Awards
Raitt performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 23, 2004
Raitt with musician Jackson Browne at a 1997 press conference opposing the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository

In the film, Raitt performs "What is Success" with Allen Toussaint and band, a song he wrote and that Raitt included on her 1974 album Streetlights.

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.

Mother-in-Law (song)

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1961 song recorded by Ernie K-Doe.

1961 song recorded by Ernie K-Doe.

The song was written and produced by Allen Toussaint, who also played the piano solo.

Gert Town, New Orleans

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Neighborhood in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Neighborhood in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

TheGert Town Natatorium was closed after damage by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and demolished by the city in 2007.
The Blue Plate Mayonnaise factory in 2007, after the complex was closed for production.
The Waldo Burton Memorial Home for Boys, 2019
Xavier University, New Orleans. The university's former gymnasium known as "The Barn" is in the foreground. The gymnasium stood on the Xavier campus from 1937 until 2013. The multi-story building in the distance is the Xavier University of Louisiana Library.
Allen Toussaint, seen here performing in 2004 at the age of 76, spent his early life in the Gert Town area.
Mardi Gras Indians marching through the neightboring Mid-City area in 1915.

Musicians such as Buddy Bolden, John Robichaux, Merry Clayton, Bunk Johnson and Allen Toussaint all came from the neighborhood and helped shape the musical influence of New Orleans.

High Life (Frankie Miller album)

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Second album by Frankie Miller.

Second album by Frankie Miller.

It was produced by Allen Toussaint, who also composed seven songs on the album.