Blue Horizon Show's Cheryl "Bluebird" Koehne pays tribute to Allen Toussaint who passed away of a heart attack on Nov. 10th while on tour in Madrid, Spain.
The New Orleans icon was a talent scout, record producer, studio owner, singer, songwriter, arranger and legendary pianist. He started the careers of Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Benny Spellman, The Meters, Ernie K-Doe and others with his skillful penmanship. Toussaint collaborated with other icons such as Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, The Band, and Robert Palmer. Some of his famous tunes include Fortune Teller, Mother-in-Law, Working in a Coal Mine, Lady Marmalade, Lipstick Traces, Ooh Poo Pah Doo, I Like It Like That, Whip Cream, Java, Southern Nights, Yes We Can Can, On Your Way Down, and What Do You Want the Girl to Do. His songs were recorded by (and sometimes produced by Toussaint in his studio) The Who, The Rolling Stones, Robert Palmer and Allison Krause, Devo, Glen Campbell, Little Feat, Boz Scaggs, Dr. John, Herb Albert and the Tiajuana Brass Band, Al Hirt and many others.
Here is footage of his last concert at the Teatro Lara in Madrid, Spain on Monday, November 9, 2015: