NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Members of the New Orleans City Council passed a resolution declaring Jan. 14, the birthday of Allen Toussaint, as Allen Toussaint day in the City of New Orleans.
Toussaint's family joined the Council at Thursday's meeting in celebrating the life and works of the New Orleans musician, who passed away on Nov. 20, 2015 while on tour in Spain.
Toussaint grew up in the Gert Town neighborhood of New Orleans, where he learned to play piano and sing. As a teenager, he performed with other famed New Orleans musicians including Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.
Toussaint was known for decades as a gifted producer and composer. His legacy includes writing and recording songs for local musicians such as Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers, George Porter, and Dr. John in addition to national and international acts, including the O'Jays, Ringo Starr, The Who, The Hollies, Otis Redding, the Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones.
Toussaint is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Barack Obama in 2013.