You have undoubtedly found yourself moving when La Belle’s “Lady Marmalade,” a song Toussaint produced and played on, came on.The pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer died Monday after playing a concert in Madrid.He leaves behind enough hits to fill up your nearest jukebox, and a staggering legacy in the music of the U.
In response to Amid’s earlier post on Oscar Winning shorts, Tom Knott located the extremely rare Oscar winning John Hubley cartoon, A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (released by Paramount in 1966).Written and Produced by John and Faith Hubley and animated by Gerard Baldwin, Phil Duncan, Emery Hawkins, Barrie Nelson, Rod Scribner and Ed Smith. You might have never heard of Allen Toussaint, but you know his music.Maybe you grooved to Lee Dorsey’s version of “Working in the Coal Mine”—or, if you’re a little younger, new-wavers Devo’s rendition.It could be you learned “Fortune Teller” from the Rolling Stones, or you loved Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s cover.
Perhaps you’ve always loved the horn arrangements on the Band’s .
Maybe you liked “Get Out of My Life Woman” when you heard the Doors, or Jerry Garcia, or Derek Trucks, or Iron Butterfly play it, or dozens of classic hip-hop samples.
Maybe that piano loop on Jay-Z’s “D’Evils” caught your ear.
Born in 1938, Toussaint got his start as a teenager playing around the Crescent City.
His rise to fame outside the city came not from his playing or singing, but from writing hits for other musicians and producing them.
Early on, he wrote hits for Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Art Neville, and particularly Lee Dorsey.