Allen Toussaint, is an American musician, composer, record producer, and influential figure in New Orleans R&B.
In the early 1960s he wrote and produced a string of hits for New Orleans R&B artists such as Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Art and Aaron Neville, and Lee Dorsey.
Starting in the 1970s he switched gears to a funkier sound, writing and producing for The Meters, Dr John, and the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians tribe.
He also began to work with non-New Orleans artists such as Robert Palmer, Willy DeVille and Solomon Burke.
Toussaint also launched his own solo career, which peaked in the '70s with the albums From a Whisper to a Scream and Southern Nights.