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Allen Toussaint (1938–2015)


New Orleans-based R&B singer/songwriter Allen Toussaint was born on January 14, 1938 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of Naomi and Clarence Toussaint, Allen grew up in a shotgun house in the New Orleans neighborhood of Gert Town. Toussaint started learning piano at age seven and began his music business career as a teenager playing piano for ... See full bio »

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(age 77) in Madrid, Spain

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 2015/I Joy (writer: "Baby, Baby I Love You")
 2014 Just Before I Go (performer: "Last Train") / (writer: "Last Train")
 2014 Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (Documentary) (writer: "Southern Nights")
 2014 Muppets Most Wanted (writer: "Working in the Coal Mine")
 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street (performer: "Cast Your Fate to the Wind")
 2013 Grand Theft Auto V (Video Game) (writer: "Hercules")
 2013 Queen City (performer: "Queen City Grind", "Queen City Strut")
 2013 The Way Way Back (writer: "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley")
 2013 Vegas (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- From This Day Forward (2013) ... (writer: "I Like It Like That")
 2012 Hit and Run (performer: "Last Train") / (writer: "Last Train")
  The Weight of the Nation for Kids (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- The Great Cateferia Takeover (2012) ... (performer: "Just a Closer Walk with Thee", "St James Infirmary", "Lovie", "Yes We Can Can") / (writer: "Lovie", "Yes We Can Can")
 2012 House M.D. (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gut Check (2012) ... (writer: "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)")
 2012 Being Flynn (writer: "Mother in Law")
 2012 The 54th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Southern Nights")
 2011 Wild Bill (writer: "Hercules")
 2011/I Bridesmaids (writer: "It's Raining")
 2010 Passion Play ("If you Live") / (performer: "Dehlia")
 2010 Mafia II (Video Game) (writer: "JAVA")
 2010 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Helen Mirren/Colin Hanks/Cyndi Lauper featuring Allen Toussaint (2010) ... (performer: "Early in the Mornin'" - uncredited)
 2010 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mark Franks v Paul Hayes: Showdown (2010) ... (writer: "Here Come The Girls" - uncredited)
  Treme (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 2010) (writer - 2 episodes, 2010)
- Meet De Boys on the Battlefront (2010) ... (performer: "Tears, Tears & More Tears", "Dolores' Boyfriend" - uncredited) / (writer: "Tears, Tears & More Tears" - uncredited)
- Do You Know What It Means (2010) ... (performer: "Whirlaway" - uncredited) / (writer: "Whirlaway" - uncredited)
 2010 Secret Diary of a Call Girl (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.5 (2010) ... (writer: "Working in the Coal Mine")
 2010 Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 (Video) (writer: "Southern Nights")
 2010 Asesinato en la villa (Short) (performer: "Egyptian Fantasy")
 2009 Loose Women (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #13.223 (2009) ... (writer: "Girls")
 2008 Divas II (TV Movie) (writer: "Girls" - uncredited)
  True Blood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2008) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- Mine (2008) ... (performer: "From a Whisper to a Scream" - uncredited) / (writer: "From a Whisper to a Scream" - uncredited)
 2008 Rachel Getting Married (writer: "Mother-in-Law")
 2008 It Takes Two (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Disco Night (2008) ... (writer: "Yes We Can Can")
 2008 The Wrecking Crew (Documentary) (writer: "Whipped Cream")
 2008 Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics - Live and Down Under (Video documentary) (writer: "Understand")
 2008 The Wire (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- More with Less (2008) ... (writer: "Mother-in-Law")
 2007 Young@Heart (Documentary) (performer: "Yes We Can Can") / (writer: "Yes We Can Can")
 2007 Razzle Dazzle (writer: "Working in a Coalmine")
 2006 Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Fenwick Arms (2006) ... (writer: "Confusion" - uncredited)
 2006 Austin City Limits (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- New Orleans Social Club (2006) ... (writer: "Look Up")
 2006 Employee of the Month (writer: "Working in the Coal Mine")
 2006 Shut Up and Sing (writer: "Working in the Coal Mine")
 2005 Sunday Driver (Documentary) (writer: "Yes We Can Can")
 2005 Make It Funky! (Documentary) (performer: "Tipitina", "Southern Nights", "Old Records", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Fortune Teller", "Working in the Coal Mine", "Certain Girl", "What Is Success") / (writer: "Southern Nights", "Old Records", "Working in the Coal Mine", "What Is Success")
 2005 Rascals on the Road (writer: "Java")
 2005 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Hold My Hand (2005) ... ("What is Success")
 2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (writer: "Shoo-Rah, Shoo-Rah")
 2005 Coach Carter ("I Changed My Mind")
 2002 Maid in Manhattan (writer: "Yes We Can Can")
 2001 Ali (writer: "Yes We Can Can")
 2001 61* (TV Movie) (writer: "I Like It Like That" - as Allen Troussaint)
 2000 Big Momma's House (writer: "Yes We Can")
 1998 Another Day in Paradise (performer: "Soul Sister") / (writer: "Soul Sister")
 1997 The Visitor (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Devil's Rainbow (1997) ... (writer: "Ruler of My Heart" - as Naomi Neville, uncredited)
 1997 Dream with the Fishes (writer: "When Can I Come Home")
 1997 Donnie Brasco (writer: "Happiness" (1978))
 1996 The Associate (writer: "Yes We Can Can")
 1995 Die Harald Schmidt Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Show #10 (1995) ... (writer: "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley")
 1995 Casino (writer: "Working In The Coal Mine")
 1995 Something to Talk About ("What Do You Want the Girl to Do")
 1995 Heavy Weights (writer: "HANG TOUGH")
 1992-1994 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Seite 17 (1994) ... (writer: "Working In The Coal Mine" - uncredited)
- Reg.Nr.11 (1993) ... (writer: "Working in the Coal Mine" - uncredited)
- Kapitel 6 (1992) ... (writer: "Working in the Coal Mine' - uncredited)
 1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Blood Is Thicker Than Mud (1993) ... (writer: "Working In The Coal Mine")
 1993 Indecent Proposal ("What Do You Want the Girl to Do")
 1993 Fire in the Sky ("Blinded By Love")
 1992 Un'altra vita (writer: "Qui e là")
 1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Necessity Is a Mother (1991) ... (writer: "Mother-In-Law" - uncredited)
 1990 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Cost of Living (1990) ... (writer: "Working in a Coal Mine" - uncredited)
 1990 Married with Children (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Peggy Made a Little Lamb (1990) ... (writer: "Working in a Coal Mine")
 1990 Waiting for the Light (writer: "Working in a Coal Mine")
 1989 Uncle Buck (writer: "JAVA" - uncredited)
 1988 Moonlighting (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Between a Yuk and a Hard Place (1988) ... (writer: "Working in the Coal Mine" - uncredited)
 1988 Everybody's All-American (writer: "Workin' in A Coal Mine")
  Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1988) (performer - 1 episode, 1988)
- Down in New Orleans (1988) ... (performer: "Southern Nights", "Working in the Coal Mine") / (writer: "Southern Nights", "Working in the Coal Mine")
- Episode #1.15 (1988) ... (writer: "Southern Nights/Break It To Me Gently/The Hand That Rocks the Cradle/Sweet Nothings/Rhinestone Cowboy/Fool #1/Wichita Lineman/Galveston/I'm Sorry/By The Time I Get To Phoenix/Dum Dum/Jambalaya Medley")
 1987 End of the Line (writer: "God Must Have Blessed America")
 1981 Heavy Metal (writer: "Workin' In A Coal Mine")
 1979 Country Superstars of the 70s (TV Movie) (writer: "Southern Nights")
 1979 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 2 April 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "Java" - uncredited)
 1978 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Buck Henry/The Grateful Dead (1978) ... (writer: "Working in a Coalmine" - uncredited)
 1978 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Turkeys Away (1978) ... (writer: "Fun Time")
 1978 Convoy (writer: "Southern Nights")
 1977 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ethel Merman (1977) ... (writer: "Java")
 1977 The Sonny and Cher Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.17 (1977) ... (writer: "Southern Nights")
 1976 Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1976) ... (writer: "I'll Take a Melody")
 1974 Black Samson (lyrics: "Black Samson") / (music: "Black Samson")
 1966 Where the Action Is (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 26 September 1966 (1966) ... (writer: "Workin' in a Coal Mine")
 1965 Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.36 (1965) ... (writer: "Go Go Girl", "Over You")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.46 (1965) ... (writer: "I Like It Like That', "Go Go Girl")
- Episode #1.43 (1965) ... (writer: "I Like It Like That")
 1965 Fanfare (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1965) ... (writer: "Java")
 1965 It's What's Happening, Baby! (TV Movie) (writer: "I Like It Like That")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Songwriter: Wrote "Java", a #1 hit for Al Hirt in 1964 (RCA Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Allen R. Toussaint

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I'm not accustomed to talking about myself. I talk in the studio with musicians. Or through my songs. See more »

Trivia:

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (under the category Non-Performer). See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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