Musicians of New Orleans: Allen Toussaint
As the best Cajun food restaurant, we feel it’s our duty to spread the culture of Louisiana to Texas, North Carolina, and beyond. Whether that means serving new dishes from the backwoods of Cajun country or sharing the latest on the unique culture of New Orleans proper, Razzoo’s Cajun Café has you covered.
Ready to learn a little about New Orleans culture? Good because we’d like you to meet a true legend in the New Orleans music scene: Allen Toussaint.
Few people have had the impact on the New Orleans music scene at Toussaint. Born in 1938 to working class parents in New Orleans, Toussaint began to pick up a love for piano at an early age. He honed his skill, and by the time he was in his teens, he was playing with piano alongside some of the top musicians in New Orleans.
From there, his piano career just seemed to take off. He went on his first tour in his early 20s, filling in for Huey Piano Smith, a known New Orleans bandleader.
Not only was Toussaint a talented piano player, but he also had a knack for songwriting and producing. By the time he was in his 30s, he was writing and producing songs like “Working in the Coal Mine” by Lee Dorsey, “Mother-in-Law” by Ernie K-Doe, and “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” by Jessie Hill – highlighted everyday life in a way people could understand and relate to. As a producer, Toussaint worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer, and other legendary chart toppers of the day. While he never won a Grammy for any of his music (he did receive a Grammy Trustees Award in 2009 as a tribute to his long music career), many of his songs jumped the Billboard charts, with the widely popular “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell jumping to No. 1 on the charts in 1977.
In his later years, Toussaint was an ambassador for New Orleans jazz music. Always performing in flashy suits and ties, Toussaint was a staple at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and had a huge impact on reviving New Orleans after Katrina.
Toussaint died in 2015, but his legacy lives on! Join us for lunch or dinner and Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas – and you may just hear a song or two by Toussaint as you eat.