ALLEN TOUSSAINT IS INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
At a star-studded gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Thursday night, legendary singer/pianist/songwriter and record producer Allen Toussaint was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
Veteran rock star Boz Scaggs walked out on stage and sang “Hercules”, Allen’s timeless parable about survival in the modern world which had been a highlight of Boz’s fourth Columbia album “Slow Dancer” back in 1974. Mr. Toussaint then joined him on stage to accompany on piano as Boz sang “Hello My Lover”, another of Allen’s songs which he’d previously recorded but which had started out life on a 1960 single by the late Ernie K-Doe.
The Scaggs/Toussaint set then finished with the two of them duetting on “What Do You Want The Girl To Do”, one of the standout songs from Allen’s landmark 1975Reprise album “Southern Nights”.
Boz then officially presented Allen with his Award and the SRO audience rose to their feet and applauded in heartfelt appreciation.