A pillar of New Orleans’ rich musical history has passed away.
Allen Toussaint, celebrated performer/producer/arranger/songwriter died on Monday after a concert performed in Spain, it was announced by his family and reported by WWL.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, Toussaint’s musical legacy was unparalleled. As WWLTV sums up:
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.
The Associated Press reported that Toussaint died of a heart attack after finishing the concert in Madrid.
His was an influence that won’t soon be forgotten, and his passing leaves a hole in the industry. After the news spread, musicians and cultural icons touched by Toussaint’s gifts shared their condolences on social media:
Allen Toussaint. Poor old world, lucky old heaven.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) November 10, 2015
https://t.co/Yxlw13uo6D One of the great ones…
— Graham Parker (@ItsGrahamParker) November 10, 2015
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) November 10, 2015
RIP Allen Toussaint – the world has lost a musical genius and beautiful spirit. https://t.co/gKfQr9VXZs
— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) November 10, 2015
Rest in peace, Mr. Toussaint.