New Orleans Musician Allen Toussaint Dies in Madrid, Age 77

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Allen Toussaint, New Orleans R&B Musician, Dies at 77.

Legendary New Orleans musician Toussaint died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed in the Spanish capital, Madrid, after emergency services were called Monday Nov. 9, 2015, to his hotel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FILE) (Patrick Semansky) MADRID (AP) — Legendary New Orleans musician and composer Allen Toussaint has died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed in the Spanish capital. In the ’70s, he worked with stars like Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, The Meters, and Paul Simon , and his songs were later covered by the Rolling Stones, Glen Campbell, Jerry Garcia, and more.

He kept a busy schedule, appearing in the United States and in Europe in recent weeks, with plans to perform in Belgium and Britain after his appearance in Spain. Last week, it was announced that Toussaint and Simon would perform together on Dec. 8 for a New Orleans Artists Against hunger and Homelessness benefit. “After his hometown was battered by Katrina and Allen was forced to evacuate, he did something even more important for his city – he went back. Allen has devoted his musical talent to lifting up and building up a city,” President Obama said when awarding him the medal. “Today, he’s taking the stage all over the world, with all kinds of incredible talent, doing everything he can to revive the legendary soul of the Big Easy.”

Toussaint as he sat at a piano and sang. “The @teatrolara is a Southern party thanks to the great Allen Toussaint,” a local music club wrote on Twitter. Toussaint said his career was rebooted a decade ago when Hurricane Katrina forced him to move to New York, where he often performed alone at Joe’s Pub on Lafayette Street.

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