Allen Toussaint

1938 - 2015

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Allen Toussaint (; January 14, 1938 – November 10, 2015) was an American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the end of the century, described as "one of popular music's great backroom figures". Many musicians recorded Toussaint's compositions, including "Whipped Cream", "Java", "Mother-in-Law", "I Like It Like That", "Fortune Teller", "Ride Your Pony", "Get Out of My Life, Woman", "Working in the Coal Mine", "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky", "Freedom For the Stallion", "Here Come the Girls", "Yes We Can Can", "Play Something Sweet", and "Southern Nights". He was a producer for hundreds of recordings, among the best known of which are "Right Place, Wrong Time", by his longtime friend Dr. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Allen Toussaint has received more than 909,637 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Allen Toussaint is the 1,392nd most popular musician (down from 1,205th in 2019), the 6,873rd most popular biography from United States (down from 5,767th in 2019) and the 556th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Allen Toussaint ranks 1,392 out of 2,675Before him are David Cross, Graham Gouldman, Spike Edney, Anouar Brahem, Paul Kossoff, and Country Joe McDonald. After him are Skrillex, Aynsley Dunbar, Peter Brötzmann, Scott Weiland, Randy Brecker, and Jimmy Garrison.

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Among people born in 1938, Allen Toussaint ranks 362Before him are Roberto Anzolin, Fred Stolle, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Lewis Teague, Corine Rottschäfer, and Eugenio Montejo. After him are Robin Hartshorne, Pedro Zaballa, André Chorda, Stien Kaiser, Pierre Nguyễn Văn Nhơn, and Olga Szabó-Orbán. Among people deceased in 2015, Allen Toussaint ranks 298Before him are Candida Royalle, Marília Pêra, Oleg Bryjak, Jacques Parizeau, Jim Loscutoff, and Herberto Hélder. After him are Colette Marchand, Helmut Dietl, Scott Weiland, Martin Gilbert, Nina Companeez, and Ron Moody.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Allen Toussaint ranks 6,873 out of 15,968Before him are Bob Einstein (1942), Alice Davenport (1864), Stephen Allen Benson (1816), Dominic Sena (1949), Sarah Silverman (1970), and Brandon Routh (1979). After him are Shane McMahon (1970), Eriq La Salle (1962), Elizabeth Gillies (1993), Richard Mulligan (1932), Skrillex (1988), and Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Allen Toussaint ranks 556Before him are Ray Parker Jr. (1954), Dave Navarro (1967), Nick Jonas (1992), Jimmy Miller (1942), Carol Kaye (1935), and Country Joe McDonald (1942). After him are Skrillex (1988), Scott Weiland (1967), Randy Brecker (1945), Jimmy Garrison (1934), David Tudor (1926), and Bill Frisell (1951).