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Allen Toussaint

p, voc, 1938-2015 US, New Orleans
Musician / Songwriter / Arranger / Producer of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Allen R. Toussaint Clarence R. Toussaint Naomi Neville Tousan

American producer, songwriter, arranger, session pianist, solo artist, and label owner. Born on 14 January 1938 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Died on 10 November 2015 in Madrid, Spain of heart attack while on European tour. Active in New Orleans’ music industry since the late 1950s, he wrote, arranged and was the house producer with Minit, Instant Records (6), and Alon. His early production successes were the U.S. Top 5 “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” by Jessie Hill, and Ernie K-Doe’s 1961 no. 1 Hit ‎“Mother-In-Law” which he wrote. He has worked with artists such as Irma Thomas (“Ruler Of My Heart”, 1963), Lee Dorsey (“Working In A Coal Mine”, 1966), The Meters, Dr. John, The Band and Elvis Costello. Toussaint entered the U.S. service in 1963, serving at Fort Hood, Texas; he was discharged in 1965. After discharge he teamed up with Marshall E. Sehorn to form Sansu Enterprises Inc.. Their record labels Sansu, Tou-Sea Records, Deesu, and Kansu Records recorded Lee Dorsey, Chris Kenner, and Betty Harris, among others. In the 1970s he was producing at the Sea-Saint Studio with Sehorn. In 1996 Allen formed NYNO Records, with the goal to record New Orleans talent. From 1996-1998 NYNO released 15 projects on diverse artists from jazz, gospel, reggae, brass bands and R&B genres, including one on himself and a Christmas sampler from the label. Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2013 he received the National Medal Of Arts from President Obama.

  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • Organ
  • Electric piano
  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
Last Train - Remastered Version on Southern Nights by Allen Toussaint
Southern Nights - Remastered Version on Southern Nights by Allen Toussaint
Soul Sister - Remastered Version on Life, Love And Faith by Allen Toussaint
Ripple - Live on Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia by Various Artists
St. James Infirmary on The Bright Mississippi by Allen Toussaint
Sweet Touch Of Love on Sweet Touch Of Love by Allen Toussaint
Worldwide - Remastered Version on Southern Nights by Allen Toussaint
Yes We Can Can on Our New Orleans by Various Artists
Night People on The Allen Toussaint Collection by Allen Toussaint
Blue Drag on The Bright Mississippi by Allen Toussaint

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Live in Portland July 3rd, 2005Allen Toussaint2017Album
American TunesAllen Toussaint2016Album
Live 1989 Chicago Blues FestivalAllen Toussaint2016Album
Whipped Cream & Other Delights E.P.Allen Toussaint2016Single
Live In Philadelphia 1975Allen Toussaint2016Album
The Wild New Orleans Piano And ProductionsAllen Toussaint2016Compil.
Toussaint: The Real Thing (1970-75)Allen Toussaint2015Compil.
Life, Love And Faith / Southern Nights / MotionAllen Toussaint2015Compil.
SongbookAllen Toussaint2013Album
Happy Times In New Orleans - The Early Sessions 1958-1960Allen Toussaint2011Compil.
The Lost SessionsAllen Toussaint2011Compil.
The Bright MississippiAllen Toussaint2009Album
Saint Of New OrleansAllen Toussaint2009Compil.
What Is Success (The Scepter And Bell Recordings)Allen Toussaint2007Compil.
Hot As A Pistol Keen As A BladeElvis Costello & Allen Toussaint2007Album
The River In ReverseElvis Costello & Allen Toussaint2006Album
Make Me Believe In You / Night PeoplePatti Jo / Curtis Mayfield / Allen Toussaint2006Album
The River In Reverse - Interview CDElvis Costello & Allen Toussaint2006Album
Tears, Tears And More TearsElvis Costello & Allen Toussaint2006Album
Studio OuttakesAllen Toussaint2005Single
2 Plus 2Allen Toussaint, Vincent Toussaint2004Album
The Complete Warner RecordingsAllen Toussaint2003Compil.
Legends Of New OrleansAllen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers2001Album
A Taste Of New OrleansAllen Toussaint1998Compil.
A New Orleans ChristmasAllen Toussaint1997Album
ConnectedAllen Toussaint1996Album
The Allen Toussaint CollectionAllen Toussaint1991Compil.
TOU-SANS-SOUCIAllen Toussaint1988Compil.
Mr. Mardi Gras (I Love A Carnival Ball)Allen Toussaint1987Album
Mr. Mardi Gras / I Love A Carnival BallAllen Toussaint1987Single
Oh Baby Come OnAllen Toussaint1986Single
It's Time For A Change (Lets Do It)Allen Toussaint1986Album
Sweet Touch Of Love / From A Whisper To A ScreamAllen Toussaint1985Single
Night PeopleAllen Toussaint1978Single
MotionAllen Toussaint1978Album
HappinessAllen Toussaint1978Single
Country John / When The Party's OverAllen Toussaint1975Single
Southern NightsAllen Toussaint1975Album
You Will Not LoseAllen Toussaint1975Single
Southern Nights / Out Of The City (Into Country Life)Allen Toussaint1975Single
Soul SisterAllen Toussaint1972Single
Am I Expecting Too MuchAllen Toussaint1972Single
Life, Love And FaithAllen Toussaint1972Album
ToussaintAllen Toussaint1970Album
From A Whisper To A ScreamAllen Toussaint1970Single
We The People / TequilaAllen Toussaint1969Single
Get Out My Life, Woman / Gotta Travel OnAllen Toussaint1968Single
I've Got That Feelin Now / Hands ChristiandersonAllen Toussaint1968Single
Go Back Home / Poor Boy, Got To MoveAllen Toussaint1965Single
Twenty Years LaterAllen Toussaint1962Single
Moo Moo / A Blue MoodAllen Toussaint1961Single
NaomiAllen Toussaint1960Single
Chico / Sweetie-PieAllen Toussaint1960Single
WhirlawayAllen Toussaint1958Single
Allen Toussaint SingsAllen Toussaint With Billy Fayard And The StokesCompil.
The Stokes With Allen ToussaintThe Stokes With Allen ToussaintCompil.
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