Obama honors 24, including George Lucas, at White House

Obama honors 24, including George Lucas, at White House

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama presented the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 24 recipients, including filmmaker George Lucas, at the White House.
Songwriters Hall of Fame to induct Garth

Songwriters Hall of Fame to induct Garth

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell and Allen Toussaint are to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York.
Autry, Martin to be honored with Grammys

Autry, Martin to be honored with Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Gene Autry, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops and Dean Martin are to be honored with lifetime achievement awards at a Grammys ceremony in Los Angeles.
Marsalis, Franklin to perform at jazz fest

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NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band and James Taylor have signed on to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, organizers said.

Singers Krall and Costello expecting child

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- London-born singer Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall say they are expecting their first child.

Bonnaroo overflows with music

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Stars line up for New Orleans Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffet and Allen Toussaint are just a few of the stars signed for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Grammys plan New Orleans tribute

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The Grammy Awards will pay tribute to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans with a musical lineup featuring some of the music industry's top stars. Big Easy natives Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and Irma Thomas will be joined in the tribute Wednesday night by Bruce S

Filmmaker Stevenson Palfi dead at age 53

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Award-winning filmmaker Stevenson J. Palfi has died in New Orleans at age 53.

Huge concert to benefit hurricane relief

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- An all-star lineup has been assembled for a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Lollapalooza returns with a 2003 North American tour featuring a lineup of some of music's most vital artists and a fully interactive extravaganza with a wealth of new sights, sounds and experiences.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Hanson has split from Island Def Jam, reports Billboard.com. The trio is working on a self-produced new studio album and is looking for a new label to release it.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 26-May 2.
By United Press International

Today-in-Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Maurice Williams of the Zodiacs, who was born in 1938 (age 65); Duane Eddy was also born in 1938 (age 55); Bobby Rydell in 1942 (age 61); Gary Wright, who was with Spooky Tooth before going solo...
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Singer Gertrude "Ma" Rainey was born this day in 1896 in Columbus, Ga. She was a true blues pioneer, whose disciples included singer Bessie Smith. She retired in 1933 and died in 1939.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International
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Allen Toussaint
New Orleans piano legend Allen Toussaint joins Elvis Costello for a sold out concert at Vancouver's Orpheum Theater during the 2006 Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 26, 2006. Costello and Toussaint have teamed up and recently recorded a new album in New Orleans to help revitalize the city's music industry after Hurricane Katrina. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)

Allen Toussaint, IPA: , (born January 14, 1938) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer.

One of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B, many of Toussaint's songs have become familiar through their numerous cover versions, including "Working in the Coalmine", "Ride Your Pony", "Brickyard Blues", "Get Out Of My Life Woman", "Southern Nights" and "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky."

Toussaint grew up in a shotgun house in the New Orleans neighborhood of Gert Town, where his mother welcomed and fed all manner of musicians as they practiced and recorded with Allen. After a lucky break at age 17 in which he stood in for Huey Smith at a performance with Earl King's band in Pritchard, Alabama, Toussaint was introduced to a group of local musicians who performed regularly at a night club on LaSalle street Uptown; they were known as the "Dew Drop Set".

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