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  • Allen Toussaint & Larry Appelbaum


  • Prior to a concert by Allen Toussaint and Henry Butler at the Library of Congress, Toussaint sat for an interview with Larry Appelbaum about his hit records, life in the recording studios, the New Orleans piano tradition, Professor Longhair, the challenges of songwriting and producing and the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Event Date

  • November 07, 2007


  • -  Larry Appelbaum is a music specialist at the Library of Congress.
  • -  Allen Toussaint (b. 1938) is an American musician, songwriter, record producer and one of most influential figures in New Orleans popular music. He has worked with a wide range of artists including Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Dr. John, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Etta James, Aaron Neville and many others. Toussaint began his studio career supervising recordings for Minit Records and Instant Records in New Orleans, writing and producing hits for Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Art and Aaron Neville, Chris Kenner and Benny Spellman. His string of hits continued with the songs "Java" and "Whipped Cream" (Herb Alpert), "Yes, We Can Can" (Pointer Sisters), "Sneaking Sally Through The Alley" (Robert Palmer), "Lady Marmalade" (LaBelle) and "Southern Night" (Glen Campbell).

Running Time

  • 38 minutes 14 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image
  • online text

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