Remembering Allen Toussaint: 10 Essential Recordings

November 10, 2015 3:29 PM

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When Allen Toussaint was 17 he subbed for Huey "Piano" Smith with Earl King's band for a show in Prichard, Ala., and he never looked back after that. Years and countless classics later, following a Nov. 9 concert in Madrid, the New Orleans legend passed away at the age of 77.

For 60 years he ruled New Orleans as a player, songwriter, producer, arranger and recording artist. Toussaint's impact stretched beyond his hometown to the rest of the country and even across the pond, where artists recorded his songs and -- in the cases of Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello -- colla...

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