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Allen Toussaint

1938

Allen Toussaint was born in New Orleans, LA.

1955

17-year-old Allen Toussaint replaces Huey “Piano” Smith in Earl King’s band for a gig in Alabama.

1958

Allen Toussaint’s first solo album, credited to “A. Tousan,” is released.

1960

Allen Toussaint becomes an A&R man for the New Orleans-based Minit label. As a pianist, songwriter, producer and arranger, he oversees a string of hits by Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Jessie Hill, Chris Kenner, Lee Dorsey and others.

1961

“Mother-in-Law,” written and produced by Allen Toussaint and recorded by Ernie K-Doe, hits #1 on the national chart.