Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint albums and short biography

Allen Toussaint born January 14, 1938) American musician, composer, record producer, and influential figure in New Orleans R&B. Many of Toussaint's songs have become familiar through versions by other musicians, including 'Working in the Coalmine', 'Ride Your Pony', 'Fortune Teller', 'Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)', 'Southern Nights,' 'Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky', 'I'll Take a Melody', 'Get Out of My Life, Woman', and 'Mother-in-Law'.

Toussaint grew up in a shotgun house in the New Orleans neighborhood of Gert Town, where his mother welcomed and fed all manner of musicians as they practiced and recorded with her son. After a lucky break at age 17 in which he stood in for Huey Smith at a performance with Earl King's band in Prichard, Alabama, Toussaint was introduced to a group of local musicians who performed regularly at a night club on LaSalle street Uptown; they were known as the Dew Drop Set. He initially recorded for RCA Victor as Al Tousan and recorded an album of instrumentals, including the song 'Java', which became a #1 hit for Al Hirt (also on RCA) in 1964 (source:

List of all the albums by Allen Toussaint


The Wild Sound of New Orleans (1958)
From a Whisper to a Scream (1970)
Toussaint (1971)
Life, Love and Faith (1972)
Southern Nights (1975)
Motion (1978)
I Love A Carnival Ball, Mr Mardi Gras Starring Allen Toussaint (1987)
The Allen Toussaint Collection (1991)
The Wild Sound of New Orleans: The Complete 'Tousan' Sessions (1994)
Connected (1996)
A New Orleans Christmas (1997)
A Taste Of New Orleans (1999)
Finger Poppin' & Stompin' Feet (2002)
Allen Toussaint's Jazzity Project: Going Places (2004)
The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (2005)
I Believe To My Soul (2005)
The River in Reverse, with Elvis Costello (2006)
The Bright Mississippi (2009)
Songbook (2013)