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Influential songwriter, producer Allen Toussaint has died | WWL


Allen Toussaint, the legendary songwriter, producer, arranger and performer hailed by the Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and musicians and fans worldwide as one of the most influential figures in New Orleans music, died Monday while on tour in Europe, his family confirmed. He was 77.

Toussaint was on tour in Spain and died after performing Monday. Having performed frequently in his hometown over the past several weeks, Toussaint left last Thursday on a tour that was to include stops in Madrid, Belgium and London, according to his Facebook page.

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The 10 Best Vacation Spots Within Driving Distance Of New Orleans | Thrillist

While thousands upon thousands of fellow Americans attempt to get in to New Orleans over the coming months, you will likely feel the need to need to get out, if only for a brief rejoinder on what life is like without crushing humidity. So, forget security checkpoints, forget delicious airline peanuts, and head out on a road trip to one of these fine spots, all under a six-hour drive.

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