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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Original theatrical release poster

The Last Waltz

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Concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Original theatrical release poster
The Band, with Bob Dylan and guests, during "I Shall Be Released"
The Band's drummer and vocalist Levon Helm
Bluesman Muddy Waters guested with The Band for the concert.
Dylan and the Band, 1974
Guest Neil Young at a 1976 concert in America.

They were backed by a large horn section with charts arranged by Allen Toussaint and other musicians.

Rock of Ages (The Band album)

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Live album by The Band, released in 1972.

Live album by The Band, released in 1972.

Levon Helm
Richard Manuel
Robbie Robertson
Garth Hudson
Rick Danko

Robbie Robertson had commissioned New Orleans songwriter and arranger Allen Toussaint to compose horn charts for their recent single "Life Is a Carnival" from the album Cahoots, and decided to have Toussaint write special charts for a five-man horn section to augment the group on the upcoming concerts.

In the Right Place

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Sixth album by the New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John.

Sixth album by the New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John.

Allen Toussaint – piano, electronic piano, acoustic guitar, conga drums, tambourine, background vocals, vocal arrangements, arrangement and conducting

Dew Drop Inn

Dew Drop Inn (New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Former hotel and nightclub that operated between 1939 and 1970, and is noted as "the most important and influential club" in the development of rhythm and blues music in the city in the post-war period.

Former hotel and nightclub that operated between 1939 and 1970, and is noted as "the most important and influential club" in the development of rhythm and blues music in the city in the post-war period.

Dew Drop Inn

The resident bandleaders were local musicians Dave Bartholomew and Edgar Blanchard, and Painia discovered and helped establish local stars including Larry Darnell, Tommy Ridgley, Earl King, Huey "Piano" Smith, and Allen Toussaint.

Jessie Hill at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1996.

Jessie Hill

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American R&B and Louisiana blues singer and songwriter, best remembered for the classic song "Ooh Poo Pah Doo".

American R&B and Louisiana blues singer and songwriter, best remembered for the classic song "Ooh Poo Pah Doo".

Jessie Hill at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1996.

It was further honed on stage, before Hill recorded a demo that he shopped to local record labels, finally recording a session at Cosimo Matassa's studio produced by Allen Toussaint.

Tipitina

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Song written and made famous by Professor Longhair.

Song written and made famous by Professor Longhair.

Allen Toussaint described learning the song as a "rite of passage".

I Want You to Know (Fats Domino song)

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1957 Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew song.

1957 Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew song.

Since Domino was on the road touring Bartholomew hired Allen Toussaint to lay down the piano track.

Frankie Miller

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Scottish rock singer-songwriter and actor.

Scottish rock singer-songwriter and actor.

Miller's second album High Life, was produced and partly written by Allen Toussaint and recorded in Atlanta, Georgia during 1974.

The River in Reverse

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The River in Reverse is a 2006 collaboration between Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint.

The Pointer Sisters (Ruth, Anita, and Bonnie) performing in September 1974

The Pointer Sisters

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American R&B singing group from Oakland, California, that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s.

American R&B singing group from Oakland, California, that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Pointer Sisters (Ruth, Anita, and Bonnie) performing in September 1974
The Pointer Sisters in a performance for cancer research

Its first single "Yes We Can Can" - an Allen Toussaint-penned song, which had been a minor R&B hit for Lee Dorsey in 1970 - afforded the Pointer Sisters the first chart hit reaching No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, while both "Yes We Can Can" and the follow-up single: the Willie Dixon cover "Wang Dang Doodle" were major R&B hits with respective R&B chart peaks of No. 12 and No. 24.