Allen Toussaint – Oh When Toussaint…

This day (November 10, 2015), in Madrid, Spain, died Allen Toussaint, an American musician, composer, record producer and influential figure in New Orleans

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Wikipedia : This day (November 10, 2015), in Madrid, Spain, died Allen Toussaint, an American musician, composer, record producer and influential figure in New Orleans

The Official Web Site of Allen Toussaint : Toussaint then went onto team up with Lee Dorsey, who was often backed by the funky rhythm section known as The Meters, turning out a string of hits that included Working in the Coalmine; Holy Cow; Ride Your Pony; and many others. Working in the Coalmine was then recorded by The Judds; Yes We Can became a smash hit by The Pointer Sisters; Sneaking Sally thru the Alley was recorded by both Robert Palmer and Ringo Starr

@allmusic : . Thanks to his work with numerous other artists, Toussaint bore an enormous amount of responsibility for the sound of R&B in the Crescent City from the ’60s on into the ’70s.

@last.fm : An accomplished pianist and lyricist, Toussaint wrote many hit songs including early instrumental efforts Java (a hit for Al Hirt) and Whipped Cream which went platinum when done by Herb Alpert. Other Toussaint compositions that continue to be covered by artists to this day, include “Working in a Coalmine”, “Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)”, “Get Out My Life Woman” and “Yes We Can Can”. Some of his songs from the 1950s and 1960s were penned under his mother’s maiden name, the pseudonym Naomi Neville.

@Discogs : Active in New Orleans’ music industry since the early 1960s, Toussaint worked with a large amount of artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Band, The, Dr. John and Meters, The. He wrote and produced songs like “From A Whisper To A Scream” (1971), Irma Thomas’s “Ruler Of My Heart” (1963) and Lee Dorsey’s “Working In A Coal Mine” (1966). He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

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