Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint; musician, songwriter and record producer, is one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. He has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by and performed with music giants The Judds, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Mac “Dr. John” Rebannac, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Eric Gale and countless others.  His songs and productions have been featured in numerous films, and as a result of his stint as musical director for the off Broadway play Staggerlee, the production garnered the prestigious Outer Circle Critics Award.  Toussaint got his shot as a solo artist with a record for RCA and two of his earliest tunes, “Java,” which became a mega-hit for trumpeter Al Hirt, and “Whipped Cream,” the Herb Alpert hit, became instrumental standards. Toussaint then went onto team up with Lee Dorsey 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 co-writer Lee Dorsey, “Yes We Can” became a smash hit by The Pointer Sisters and “Sneaking Sally Thru The Alley” was recorded by both Robert Palmer and Ringo Starr; he also contributed to the music business with his arrangements on LaBelle’s hit, “Lady Marmalade.” After establishing himself as one of the greatest songwriters, accredited to him by BMI Music, Toussaint was honored with a Grammy® nomination for 1977’s Song of the Year, “Southern Night,” performed by Glen Campbell.  In 1998, Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2009, was a Grammy® Trustees honoree.