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Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint
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One of the most influential figures in the R&B scene of New Orleans, Allen Toussaint is a singer, producer and prolific songwriter who created several hits for artists like Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer and The Meters. Many of his more famous compositions, such as The Rolling Stones' recording of "Fortune Teller" and Otis Redding's interpretation "Pain in My Heart," were penned under his mother's maiden name, Naomi Neville. Toussaint may have made his name as a behind the scenes man throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but he also embarked on his own solo career in the 1970s and released a few of his own records including From a Whisper to a Scream and Southern Nights. He continued to write music and collaborate with artists for projects such as his big band endeavor with Elvis Costello for the 2006 record The River in Reverse. Sadly, Toussaint passed away in 2015 after a concert in Madrid.
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