The music industry has lost a legend.
Allen Toussaint, who shaped the sound of R&B and soul in New Orleans as a performer, producer and songwriter, died Monday night following a performance in Madrid, his family confirmed with CBS affiliate WWL. He was 77. The cause of his death isn't clear as of yet.
Toussaint's legendary career spanned over 50 years, having produced for the likes of Aaron Neville and Lee Dorsey in the early 1960s and collaborated with fellow legends such as Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and Eric Clapton.
He brought the Big Easy to the forefront with records like "Mother-In-Law," "Fortune Teller" and "Ride Your Pony" and his songs have been covered by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Jerry Garcia.
A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Toussaint was front and center as one of music's voices following Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans's reemergence. His latest solo work had even earned him six Grammy nominations from 2013 through 2014 in addition to a National Medal of the Arts.
"Allen has devoted his musical talent to lifting up and building up a city," President Obama said at the ceremony two years ago, as reported by Billboard. "Today, he's taking the stage all over the world, with all kinds of incredible talent, doing everything he can to revive the legendary soul of the Big Easy."
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