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  posted on 7/12/2007 at 09:06 PM
Spread some love for the man that is behind soooo many of the bands we love!

 

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  posted on 7/12/2007 at 09:35 PM
...wrote outstanding horn charts for THE BAND...an innovative & fertile musical mind

 

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  posted on 7/12/2007 at 09:41 PM
Also wrote/produced alot of the meter's stuff, Dr. John, little feat, etc.........

 

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  posted on 7/12/2007 at 11:30 PM
You musta heard Warren and Mule did From A Whisper to a Scream in Amsterdam. I could be wrong of course about you hearing that. But I'm not wrong about Mule doing the song. :-)

 

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  posted on 7/12/2007 at 11:52 PM
Southern nights,
Have you ever felt a southern night?
Free as a breeze, not to mention the trees
Whistling tunes that you know and love so.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 12:10 AM
No arguments here. One of the greats. No slouch as a performer either.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2007 at 06:41 AM
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You musta heard Warren and Mule did From A Whisper to a Scream in Amsterdam. I could be wrong of course about you hearing that. But I'm not wrong about Mule doing the song. :-)





Angelemerald, I didn't here about the Mule, but I knew they play a couple of Toussaint tunes. On the way down is one they do very well. I also love when DTB plays don't do it, which was a Toussaint/Robbie Robertson collaboration.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 09:43 AM
How about Joe Cocker's Luxury You Can Afford album. Toussaint played,wrote & produced it. Not a bad album if you can find a copy get it.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 10:11 AM
Sneakin Sally Through The Alley... when up pops the queen. Robert Palmer and Little Feat sure did some great Toussaint.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 11:13 AM
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Sneakin Sally Through The Alley... when up pops the queen. Robert Palmer and Little Feat sure did some great Toussaint.


Actually, I believe this recording was Palmer, THE METERS, & Lowell George of The Feat.
What a brilliant stroke bringing this group together!!

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 12:25 PM
"Play something sweet,
Play something mellow.
Play something I can sink my teeth in
like Jello.
Play something I can understand.
Play me some brickyard blues."

Toussaint also wrote under a variety of names, including his mother-in-law's. I believe Lipstick Traces falls in this category. I believe he and Marshall Seahorn are the founders of Jazzfest.

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 12:30 PM
"Like a ball of lightning,
And a ball of heat,
You come around
and knock me off my feet.
Now I recognize
Through the eyes of a fool,
You got the power
to make your own rules."

Bet TE remembers that one....from the old days

 
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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 12:37 PM
His horn arrangements on the Band's Rock of Ages album really take that music to an even higher level.

I'm somewhat of a casual fan of the Band but I heard this album in full for the first time recently and I haven't stopped listening to it.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 12:51 PM
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Sneakin Sally Through The Alley... when up pops the queen. Robert Palmer and Little Feat sure did some great Toussaint.


Actually, I believe this recording was Palmer, THE METERS, & Lowell George of The Feat.
What a brilliant stroke bringing this group together!!

I believe you are correct ,memory's the first to go...I think Little Feat had broken up at the time of Sneakin Sally but were back together and appear on Pressure Drop .I'll have to check my vinyl tonight, an excuse to dig it out and admire the cover art.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 03:54 PM
Toussaint is indeed one of the greatest songwriters of all time, but "Don't Do It" is a Holland/Dozier/Holland classic, first performed by Marvin Gaye. Unless you guys are talking about a different song called "Don't Do It," which is certainly possible.

And the one and only Quint Davis is the man behind the curtain for Jazz Fest. Other than performing there occasionally, I really don't think Toussaint has anything to do with it.

 
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  posted on 7/19/2007 at 09:33 PM
I AGREE WE SAW HIM TWICE THIS YEAR, AND I NEVER REALIZED HOW MUCH MUSIC HE WROTE!!!

 

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  posted on 7/19/2007 at 10:14 PM
one of my favorite songs, poplularized by Jerry Garcia Band

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I'll Take a Melody (Toussaint)



I've seen the rain pouring down
The sky was grey with a speck of blue
Peek through a hole in the clouds
The sun was screaming, "Hey You!".

As you ramble through your sorrow
Seems like everything come out wrong
I'm living in yesterday's tomorrows
I know something's helping me along


I'll take a melody and see what I can do about it.
I'll take a simple C and G and feel brand new about it.
I understand why the old fisherman
Sail alone, sail alone, sail alone.
Sail alone
Someday he'll be gone


I hear you talking about your troubles
Everybody's got their troubles too
You can make them burst like bubbles
If you know just what to do

You know I've been called a dreamer
Dreams that never come true
But I've been called so many things before
Tell you what I'm gonna do

I'll take a melody and see what I can do about it.
I'll take a simple C and G and feel brand now about it.

I understand why the old fisherman
Sail alone, sail alone, sail alone.
Sail alone
Someday he'll be gone

I'll take a melody and see what I can do about it.
I'll take a simple C and G and feel brand now about it.

Shine on, keep on shining, shine on,
Keep on shining, shine on, keep on shining

 

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