Allen Toussaint, 1938 — 2015

Yes We Can Can,” written by Allen Toussaint in 1973, performed by the composer in 2012. The song, first recorded by Lee Dorsey in 1970, was a huge hit for the Pointer Sisters three years later. Musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer Allen Toussaint was an amazing force in New Orleans music for over 5 decades. He died on Monday at the age of 77 while on tour in Spain.

More:

“Allen Toussaint, New Orleans R&B Mainstay, Dies at 77,” Ben Sisario, New York Times

“Allen Toussaint, a giant of New Orleans music, dies at 77,” J. Freedom du Lac, Washington Post

“Allen Toussaint’s Unassailable Legacy,” David A. Graham, The Atlantic 

“Allen Toussaint, Iconic New Orleans Songwriter and Producer, Dead at 77,”Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

“How will we remember Allen Toussaint? ‘Irreplaceable treasure,’ ‘consummate pro,’ ‘massive songwriting talent,'” Matthew Hinton, New Orleans Advocate

“Remembering Allen Toussaint: 10 Essential Recordings,” Gary Graff, Billboard

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