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Allen Toussaint

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Born: 1938/01/14
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Years Active: 1955-present
Genres: Rhythm & Blues

Allen Toussaint was born on January 14, 1938 in New Orleans and is a musician, composer, record producer, and a prominent figure in the R&B music scene of his home town. Toussaint's most well-known songs include: “Working in the Coalmine,” “Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues),” “Southern Nights,” “I'll Take a Melody” and “Mother-in-Law.” Toussaint grew up immersed in the rich musical culture of New Orleans and was surrounded by musicians in his home throughout his childhood. When Toussaint was 17 years old, his big musical break came, when he stood in for Huey Smith of Earl King's band. As a result, Toussaint was invited to play with the local group, Dew Drop, who woul... Continue Bio >>

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