NOLA Music Legend Allen Toussaint Dies At 77

Toussaint-web-master675By Bob Berry

You can hardly feel sadness when  person dies doing what they truly loved. And so it is with the news of Allen Toussaint’s death in Spain on Monday.

Mr. Toussaint, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was 77.

His career in music was legendary, and in a city of musical giants, Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Fat Domino, Dave Bartholmew and the Neville Bros., to name a few; Mr. Toussaint career and contributions stand second to none.

We at mourn the passing of Allen Toussaint, and celebrate his life with a Top 5 overview of his music. Rest In Peace, knowing we are forever grateful for the good times you have left for the ages.

In 1975, be it at the roller rink, the dance floor, house party on on the radio, you could not miss the unmistakable sound of Patti Labelle, with a #1 song written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, and produced by Mr. Toussaint.

Number One in 1961, written and produced my Allen Toussaint, here’s Ernie K-Doe.

Inspired by his childhood memories of nights in Louisiana, Mr. Toussaint’s “Southern Nights” resonated with Glen Campbell, who hit # 1 on three different charts in 1977.

Another smash from The Big Easy, Lee Dorsey was Top 10 in 1966, with another song written and produced by Allen Toussaint.

And, you save (one of) the best of the best for last. This one we remember (more) from driving with our Dads, listening to “their” stations. NOLA jazz great Al Hirt, with a Top 5 song written by Mr. Toussaint (and produced by the great Chet Atkins), from 1964.


Nov 10th, 2015 | Posted in Bob Berry, Keener
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