Allen Toussaint

American musician, songwriter and record producer (1938–2015) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Allen Richard Toussaint (/ˈtsɑːnt/; January 14, 1938 – November 10, 2015) was an American musician, songwriter, arranger, and record producer. He 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."[1] Many musicians recorded Toussaint's compositions. He was a producer for hundreds of recordings: the best known are "Right Place, Wrong Time", by longtime friend Dr. John, and "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle.

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Allen Toussaint
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival, New Orleans, 2009
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival, New Orleans, 2009
Background information
Birth nameAllen Richard Toussaint
Born(1938-01-14)January 14, 1938
Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
DiedNovember 10, 2015(2015-11-10) (aged 77)
Madrid, Spain
  • Musician
  • composer
  • arranger
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active1958–2015