THE NIGHTBIRD’S FLOWN (Allen Toussaint, R.I.P.)


Allen Toussaint is probably the only man who could claim to be a Top Five (and probably more like Top Three) Record Man of both the sixties and the seventies. Even earlier he started out hanging with Huey Smith. Even later he ended up being sampled by half of the Hip Hop universe.

In between he was the Alpha and Omega of a certain brand of New Orleans soul: producer, writer, arranger, session man, piano man, and flat out honcho, from beginning (as producer)…

to middle (as writer and producer)…

to mind-blowing end (as writer)…

to, well, even more mind blowing end (as producer…of the original record anyway)…

And I know I sometimes say “better then,” and it sounds like it’s just my prejudices showing and I’m dissing this glorious modern age out of petty malice.

Well, okay.

But, believe me, when guys like Allen Toussaint were in charge…it was better.


4 thoughts on “THE NIGHTBIRD’S FLOWN (Allen Toussaint, R.I.P.)

  1. Well said, Johnny! It was better!! Much better…but since I am of that age I miss it so. RIP Allen Toussaint. TCB!

  2. Thank you for this. I’ve found very little mentioned about his passing, so it’s refreshing to see someone who knows what he’s talking about offering up some nifty clips. Plus, I’ve never seen that RCA album before. Maybe someday….

    I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Toussaint in concert a couple of years ago, and it was a magical evening. RIP.

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