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Allen Toussaint

Producer, songwriter, and pianist extraordinaire, Allen Toussaint played a large yet mostly behind-the-scenes role in the development of New Orleans R&B and funk. As a composer, he was responsible for penning such gems as Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-In-Law," Irma Thomas' "It's Raining," and Benny Spellman's "Lipstick Traces." In the mid-1960s he began an association with local singer Lee Dorsey that yielded an impressive body of classic material-"Ya Ya," "Workin' In A Coalmine," "Get Out Of My Life Woman" and "Ride Your Pony"-all Toussaint tunes that have become Crescent City standards. He also worked closely with the Meters, the house band for those sessions, and produced numerous hits with them. In the 1970s, major national acts such as Paul McCartney, Labelle and Paul Simon all made the pilgrimage to New Orleans to use his production talents. In 1998 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him in the non-performer category.

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