Irma Thomas

Thomas at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2006
Thomas appearing with James Taylor and others in 2008

American singer from New Orleans.

- Irma Thomas

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Imperial Records

American record company and label started in 1947 by Lew Chudd.

Under Liberty's management, the label enjoyed success with Irma Thomas, Johnny Rivers, Jackie DeShannon, Classics IV, and Cher.

Kai Winding

Danish-born American trombonist and jazz composer.

Winding in New York, c. January 1947
(From left:) Eddie Safranski, Kai Winding, Stan Kenton, Pete Rugolo, and Shelly Manne, c. January 1946. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb

He released the first version of "Time Is On My Side" in 1963 before it was recorded by Irma Thomas and The Rolling Stones.

Minit Records

American independent record label, originally based in New Orleans and founded by Joe Banashak in 1959.

Minit Records

Ernie K. Doe, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, and Benny Spellman were early artists on the label.

Allen Toussaint

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".

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

Toussaint played piano, wrote, arranged and produced a string of hits in the early and mid-1960s for New Orleans R&B artists such as Ernie K-Doe, Chris Kenner, Irma Thomas (including "It's Raining"), Art and Aaron Neville, The Showmen, and Lee Dorsey, whose first hit "Ya Ya" he produced in 1961.

Randy Newman

American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist known for his Southern-accented singing style, early Americana-influenced soul songs (often with mordant or satirical lyrics), and various film scores.

Newman in 2012
Newman playing piano in 1972
Newman in 1974
Newman performing at the 2014 Laurence L. & Thomas Winship/PEN New England Award for Songwriting ceremony

Other early songs were recorded by Gene Pitney, Jerry Butler, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Jackie DeShannon, the O'Jays, and Irma Thomas, among others.

Marcia Ball

American blues singer and pianist raised in Vinton, Louisiana.

Marcia Ball in concert (2011)

She has named Irma Thomas, the New Orleans vocalist, as her chief vocal inspiration.

Time Is on My Side

Song written by Jerry Ragovoy .

First recorded by jazz trombonist Kai Winding and his orchestra in 1963, it was covered (with additional lyrics by Jimmy Norman) by both soul singer Irma Thomas and then later the Rolling Stones in 1964.

Jeannie Seely

American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Seely at the Grand Ole Opry, 2010s
The original Titusville Trust Company building. After high school, Seely was employed there.
An early publicity photo of Seely while signed to Monument Records, 1960s
Seely and Jack Greene onstage in the early 2010s. For several years, the pair recorded and toured together.
Seely at the Opry, 2007
Seely at the Grand Ole Opry, 2010s
Seely on the set of the play, Could It Be Love. She played the main character of Mabel from 2004 to 2007 during the show's run.
Seely was first married to songwriter Hank Cochran. It was Cochran who wrote many of her biggest hits.
Seely onstage at R.O.P.E. awards, 2010s
An honorary display of Seely inside the original Titusville Trust Company building. As a young adult, Seely worked for the trust company full-time.

It would be picked up by R&B singer Irma Thomas.

Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Second-largest city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.

The Ponchatoula bank in the year 1912
The Peoples Drug Store in the year 1912

Irma Thomas, singer

Louisiana Music Hall of Fame

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.

Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles, California, where honorees are named on plaques surrounded by stars

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.