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Sad news in the jazz music world today...


MADRID (AP) — Legendary New Orleans pianist, songwriter, producer and performer, Allen Toussaint, who penned or produced such classics as "Working in a Coal Mine" and "Lady Marmalade," has died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed in Spain. He was 77.


Rescue workers were called to Toussaint's hotel early Tuesday morning and managed to revive him after he suffered a heart attack, Madrid emergency services spokesman Javier Ayuso said.  But Toussaint stopped breathing during the ambulance ride to a hospital and efforts to revive him again were unsuccessful, Ayuso said. Toussaint performed Monday night at Madrid's Lara Theater.


Here's a GREAT clip of Toussaint performing with Elvis Costello four years ago...Ascension Day indeed..

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One of the few decent songs Brian Poole managed after quitting the Tremeloes.

Another case of a leader quitting a great band with rather pedestrian separate careers following...

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