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Legendary Songwriter & Producer Allen Toussaint Dead At 77

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This is so sad!

Allen Toussaint, a legendary and influential producer and songwriter, died on Monday at 77 years old, according to his family.

The longtime musician, who was hugely influential in the New Orleans music scene, was in Europe for a tour and had just finished a performance in Spain on Monday night before his death.

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Toussaint, who worked with some of the biggest musicians of the last several decades during his long career, had been set to perform in Madrid, Belgium, and London later this week, with his death being completely unexpected.

Last week, Toussaint and his longtime friend, Paul Simon, announced they would be performing together on December 8 at

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Garth Brooks Getting Immortalized In Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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Very impressive, Mr. Brooks!

On June 16, Garth Brooks will be honored by being "one of five acts" to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Other songwriters to be immortalized this June include Leon Russell, Allen Toussaint, John Bettis, and Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly.

Congrats, Garth!

After so many years of entertaining your fans, not to mention all of your charity work, we are truly pleased to see you being honored like this!

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Lenny Kravitz Headlining Benefit Concert For Louisiana Coastline

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In order to help salvage the Louisiana coastline from the massive oil spill, Lenny Kravitz is headlining a benefit concert to fund relief efforts.

The US government made BP responsible for the clean-up costs, but many believe that the area is so devastated that their money is just not enough. Local business and wildlife are both under tremendous strife.

Mos Def, Ani DiFranco and Allen Toussaint have also agreed to perform at the event at Mardi Gras World River City this Sunday.

Such a great cause.

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