Allen Toussaint, music producer extrodinaire, member of the Blues and Rock ‘N Roll Halls of Fame, New Orleans musical ambassador, passed away yesterday in Spain at the age of 77. Toussaint had his hand in a large number of R&B classics starting way back in the early ’60s, had his songs covered by the Rolling Stones, The Band and Glen Campbell, among others and had a hand in R&B (and disco’s) most famous French lesson:
Thank you, good sir, for the musical magic you created. There’s a spot waiting for you on heaven’s bandstand.
Truly, I just needed a reason to play “Lady Marmalade.” Gitcha Gitcha Ya-Ya’s here, indeed.