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New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint dies at 77

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 01:00

New Orleans R&B piano legend Allen Toussaint dies of a heart attack aged 77, after giving a concert in Madrid. Roselle Chen reports.

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Allen Toussaint, one of the legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77. The piano master, known for jazz, R&B and blues and who wrote hits such as "Working in a Coalmine" and produced Patti LaBelle's famous cover of "Lady Marmalade," died of a heart attack on the night of Nov. 9 after giving a concert in the Spanish capital. Toussaint, who began performing in his teens, collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Paul Simon to The Band. Many of his songs became famous in cover versions. In addition to writing a string of hits, including "Southern Nights" and "Fortune Teller," Toussaint also campaigned and raised funds to help New Orleans recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. U.S. President Barack Obama praised Toussaint's efforts in 2013 when the musician was awarded the American National Medal of Arts. He is survived by his son Clarence and his daughter Alison.

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New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint dies at 77

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 01:00