Influential songwriter, producer Allen Toussaint has died
Allen Toussaint, the legendary songwriter, producer, arranger and performer hailed by the Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and musicians and fans worldwide as one of the most influential figures in New Orleans music, died Monday while on tour in Europe, his family confirmed. He was 77.
Though always soft-spoken, humble and most often preferring to stay behind the scenes, the list of those who benefited from Toussaint's touch as a producer and arranger is staggering. It ranges from the 1950s to the present day: from Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville, Art Neville, Dr. John, the Meters, Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker and Glen Campbell to the late Ernie K-Doe, Chris Kenner, Lee Dorsey, Jessie Hill, Benny Spellman and Al Hirt, to name but a few.
For more information, see: http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/2015/11 ... /75500982/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;(One of the songs) Toussaint wrote that became familiar to audiences nationwide was "Southern Nights," recorded by Glenn Campbell in 1977 and recognized by BMI as the "most performed song of the year." It was nominated for song of the year by the Grammy Awards and the Country Music Association.