Allen Toussaint Biography
Born on 14 January, 1938, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Died on 10 November 2015 in Madrid, Spain of heart attack while on European tour.
Active in New Orleans’ music industry since the late 1950s. He wrote, arranged and was the house producer starting in 1960 with Minit, Instant Records (6), and Alon. His early production successes were the U.S. Top 5 “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” by Jessie Hill, and Ernie K-Doe’s 1961 no. 1 Hit “Mother-In-Law” which he wrote. He has worked with a large amount of artists as diverse as Irma Thomas (“Ruler Of My Heart”, 1963), Lee Dorsey (“Working In A Coal Mine”, 1966), The Meters, Dr. John, The Band and Elvis Costello.
Toussaint entered the U.S. service in 1963, serving at Fort Hood, Texas; he was discharged in 1965.
After discharge he teamed up with Marshall E. Sehorn to form Sansu Enterprises Inc.. Their record label, Sansu. also known as Tou-Sea, Deesu, or Kansu, recorded Lee Dorsey, Chris Kenner, Betty Harris, among others. In the 1970s he was producing at the Sea-Saint Studio with Sehorn.
Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.