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Toussaint in 2009
January 14, 1938|
Gert Town, Louisiana, U.S.
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Died||November 10, 2015
|Genres||R&B, soul, southern soul, funk, blues, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger, record producer|
|Labels||RCA Victor, Scepter, Minit, Instant, Reprise, Warner Bros., Nonesuch, Elektra, Rounder|
|Associated acts||Merry Clayton
Many of Toussaint's songs became familiar through cover versions by other musicians, including "Working in the Coal Mine", "Ride Your Pony", "Fortune Teller", "Play Something Sweet", "Southern Nights", "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky", "I'll Take a Melody", "Get Out of My Life, Woman" and "Mother-in-Law".
Toussaint was born in Gert Town, New Orleans. He was raised in Gert Town and in New Orleans. His mother was Naomi Neville.
In 1960, Toussaint was hired as a record producer by a label in New Orleans. He was also looking for new talent to sign to the label, named Minit Records. Toussaint played piano, wrote, and produced many hit records in the early and mid 1960s for New Orleans R&B artists. Some examples are:
- Jessie Hill's "Ooh Poo Pah Doo"
- Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law", written by Toussaint
- Chris Kenner's "I Like It Like That"
- "Ruler of My Heart", recorded by Irma Thomas. This song was later recorded again by Otis Redding (with the title "Pain in My Heart"), and by The Rolling Stones on their second album.
- In 1964, "A Certain Girl" (originally by Ernie K-Doe) was the B-side of the first single by The Yardbirds; the song was released again in 1980 by Warren Zevon.
In 2013 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
Toussaint’s two marriages ended in divorce. He is survived by his two children, son Clarence (better known as Reginald) and daughter Alison, and by several grandchildren. His children had managed his career in recent years.
- [ Allen Toussaint profile], allmusic.com; accessed October 5, 2014.
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Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
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