11-12 Legends of Jazz: Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint

Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m.
Storer Auditorium
Doors Open at 7:15 p.m.
Free Admission: Tickets available at Sound Garden in Armory Square on Sat., March 31 at 10 a.m. while they last, limit two per customer

The Legendary Allen Toussaint is an American treasure and musical genius of the first magnitude, whose multi-dimensional skills as a musician, composer, songwriter, hit-maker, record producer, and arranger makes him one of the most influential figures in the history of New Orleans R&B.

Toussaint grew up in a shotgun house in the New Orleans neighborhood of Gert Town, where his mother welcomed and fed all manner of musicians as they practiced and recorded with her son. His lucky break came at age 17, when he stood in for Huey “Piano” Smith at a performance with Earl King’s band in Prichard, Alabama.

In the early 1960s, Toussaint wrote and produced a string of hits for New Orleans R&B artists including Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Art and Aaron Neville, The Showmen, and Lee Dorsey. In 1964, “A Certain Girl” originally by Ernie K-Do) was the B-side of the first single release by The Yardbirds; the song was released again in 1980 by Warren Zevon. The simple but effective “Fortune Teller” was covered by many 1960s rock groups including The Rolling Stones, The Nashville Teens, The Who, The Hollies, ex-Searchers founder member Tony Jackson and more recently by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Along with many of his contemporaries, Toussaint found that interest in his compositions was rekindled when his work began to be sampled by hip hop artists in the 1980s and 1990s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and, in 2009, into the prestigious Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Toussaint also performed a duet with Paul McCartney of a song by fellow New Orleans musician and resident Fats Domino, “I Want to Walk You Home,” as their contribution to Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino.

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