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Allen Toussaint Dies at 77

Allen Toussaint, a giant of New Orleans music, dies at 77. From ABC News.

Allen Toussaint, a giant of New Orleans music, dies at 77

New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint, whose songwriting and studio work made him one of the most important and influential figures on the fertile Crescent City music scene, has died at the age of 77.

The Associated Press reported that Toussaint suffered a heart attack and died following a concert in Madrid.

An emergency services spokesman in the Spanish city told the AP that rescue workers revived Toussaint at his hotel early Monday morning. But Toussaint stopped breathing during the ambulance ride to a hospital and efforts to revive him again were unsuccessful, the spokesman told the AP.

Toussaint, a superlative songwriter, producer, pianist and arranger (and a fine singer, too), was a New Orleans native who helped spread the music-rich city’s inimitable sound across the world. He also helped that sound evolve.

“His greatest contribution was in not allowing the city’s old-school R&B traditions to die out but by keeping pace with developments in the rapidly evolving worlds of soul and funk,” said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted Toussaint in 1998.

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