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Allen Toussaint
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Songwriter
    (January 14, 1938-November 10, 2015)
    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Songwriter, producer and pianist
    Recorded the albums 'The Wild Sound of New Orleans' (1958), 'From a Whisper to a Scream' (1970), 'Southern Nights' (1975), 'A New Orleans Christmas' (1997) and 'The River in Reverse' (with Elvis Costello, 2007)
    Co-founder of Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans
    Songs that he wrote include:
    'Mother-in-Law' and 'A Certain Girl' by Ernie K-Doe
    'Fortune Teller' and 'Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)' by Benny Spellman
    'Working in a Coal Mine,' 'Holy Cow,' 'Ride Your Pony' and 'Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky' by Lee Dorsey
    'Ruler of My Heart' and 'It's Raining' by Irma Thomas
    'I Like It Like That' by Chris Kenner
    'All These Things' by Art Neville
    'Java' by Al Hirt
    'Whipped Cream' by Herb Alpert
    'Yes We Can Can' by the Pointer Sisters
    'Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)' by Three Dog Night
    'Southern Nights' by Glen Campbell
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998) and Blues Hall of Fame (2011)
    Died in Madrid, Spain, during a tour of Europe
    He said he was more comfortable in the background as a songwriter or producer than on stage as a performer.
    He wrote several of his songs under the pseudonym Naomi Neville.
    His song 'Sweet Touch of Love' was used in a commercial for Axe body spray.
    One reviewer noted, 'His stage outfit blended plaid, paisley and polka dots like nobody's business.'
    He was a staple of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
    'The River in Reverse' was the first major studio album recorded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
    The city of New Orleans honored him with a life-size statue in a park off Bourbon Street.
    He received the National Medal of the Arts (2013).

Credit: C. Fishel


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