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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Smiley Lewis

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American New Orleans rhythm and blues singer and guitarist.

American New Orleans rhythm and blues singer and guitarist.

His career rounded out with a brief stint at Okeh Records in 1961 that consisted of one 45-rpm single, produced by Bill "Hoss" Allen in 1964 for Dot Records, and ended with a re-recording of "The Bells Are Ringing" for Loma Records, produced by Allen Toussaint.

Sea-Saint Studios

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Sea-Saint Studios was a music recording facility located at 3809 Clematis Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, which was co-owned by musician, producer, and arranger, Allen Toussaint and record A&R man and publishing agent Marshall Sehorn, which was in operation for over thirty years, from 1973-2005, when it was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.

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

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.

Willy DeVille in 2008

Willy DeVille

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American singer and songwriter.

American singer and songwriter.

Willy DeVille in 2008
Louis X. Erlanger (left) and DeVille with Mink DeVille in 1977.
Willy DeVille performing in 2004.
Willy DeVille at the Liri Blues Festival, Italy, in 2007

He worked with collaborators from across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and Eddie Bo.

Chris Kenner

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American, New Orleans-based R&B singer and songwriter, best known for two hit singles in the early 1960s, "I Like It Like That" and "Land of 1000 Dances", which became staples in the repertoires of many other musicians.

American, New Orleans-based R&B singer and songwriter, best known for two hit singles in the early 1960s, "I Like It Like That" and "Land of 1000 Dances", which became staples in the repertoires of many other musicians.

Moving to another New Orleans label, Instant (which was initially called 'Valiant' before they discovered the name was already in use), he began to work with the pianist and arranger Allen Toussaint.

Hirt in 1966

Al Hirt

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American trumpeter and bandleader.

American trumpeter and bandleader.

Hirt in 1966
Al Hirt club on the corner of Bourbon Street and St Louis in the French Quarter, 1977

The albums Honey in the Horn and Cotton Candy were both in the Top 10 best sellers for 1964, the same year Hirt scored a hit single with his cover of Allen Toussaint's tune "Java" (Billboard No. 4), and later won a Grammy Award for the same recording.

Home Plate (album)

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Fifth album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1975.

Fifth album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1975.

1) "What Do You Want the Boy to Do?" (Allen Toussaint) – 3:19

UK reissue single label

A Certain Girl

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UK reissue single label

"A Certain Girl" is a rhythm and blues song written by Allen Toussaint, with the credit listed under his pen name Naomi Neville.

Southern Nights (Allen Toussaint album)

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Southern Nights is a 1975 R&B concept album by Allen Toussaint.

Modeliste in 2010

Ziggy Modeliste

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American drummer best known as a founding member of the funk band the Meters.

American drummer best known as a founding member of the funk band the Meters.

Modeliste in 2010

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