Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint was the quiet giant of New Orleans music.  But he was as much a legendary figure as Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Neville Brothers.  Because he never had any hit records under his own name, it was easy to overlook his contributions, but eventually the music world caught up with him and he became rightfully lauded.

Inducted in to the Rock Hall in 1998 and the Songwriters Hall in 2011, Toussaint left behind many great records as a performer, songwriter and producer.

Do yourself a favor and google his discography to find the breadth of his output. But here are a few that should ring a bell:  "Mother-In-Law", "Southern Nights", "Working in the Coal Mine", "Yes We Can Can",  "Fortune Teller", "I Like It Like That", "Certain Girl", "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley".  As Producer: "Lady Marmalade", "Ruler of My Heart".

Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feel 60-62  - Various - Captures Toussaint at his peak as a Producer/Songwriter

Rolling with the Punches Songbook - Various  - More artists covering his songs up until Glen Campbell's "Southern Night".

His own solo work is best captured on The Real Thing 1970-75 which has his first three solo albums of the 70's.

And the best collection for his Warner solo years is on the Allen Toussaint Collection.

His best Warner Bros. work is on 2006's Elvis Costello duet album, River in Reverse and 2009's Bright Mississippi

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