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On November 10, 2015.

On November 10, 2015, Allen Toussaint died aged 77. He was musician (vocal, piano), songwriter, arranger, and record producer, an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the end of the century. His compositions were recorded by many musicians, and he was producer of hundreds of recordings. Toussaint recorded and performed with many musicians including Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Ernie K Doe, Rosemary Butler, Merry Clayton, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Venetta Fields, Etta James, Labelle, John Mayall, Paul McCartney, The Meters, Bonnie Raitt, and The Band. As leader Toussaint released eleven studio albums.

On July 22, 2019.

On July 22, 2019, Arthur Lanon Neville died aged 81. He was singer, musician (piano, keyboards) and songwriter, a founding member of The Meters, co-founder of The Neville Brothers, and founding member of The Funky Meters. He performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Professor Longhair, and Labelle. Neville received three “Grammy Awards”.

In July 1976.

In July 1976, “Reprise” label released “Trick Bag”, the seventh Meters studio album. It was recorded in 1976, and was produced by Allen Toussaint, Ziggy Modeliste, Art Neville, Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr. and Kenneth “Afro” Williams..

Personnel:

  • Ziggy Modeliste– drums
  • Art Neville– keyboards, vocals
  • Cyril Neville– congas, percussion, vocals
  • Leo Nocentelli– guitar, vocals
  • George Porter, Jr.– bass guitar
  • Kenneth “Afro” Williams – percussion
  • Tony Owens – background vocals
  • Terry Smith – background vocals
  • Earl King– vocals
  • Bob Irwin – mastering
  • Bill Dahl – liner notes
  • Rich Russell – design
  • Ed Thrasher – art direction
  • Michael P. Smith – photography
  • Tom Copi – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Ziggy Modeliste, Art Neville, Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr. and Kenneth “Afro” Williams, except where noted.

  1. Disco Is the Thing Today
  2. Find Yourself
  3. All These Things – Naomi Neville
  4. I Want to Be Loved by You
  5. Suite for 20 G – James Taylor
  6. (Doodle Loop) The World Is a Little Bit Under the Weather – Leo Nocentelli, Vincent Toussaint
  7. Trick Bag – Earl King
  8. Mister Moon
  9. Chug-A-Lug
  10. Hang ‘Em High – Dominic Frontiere
  11. Honky Tonk Women – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

In July 1974.

In July 1974, “Reprise” label released “Rejuvenation”, the fifth Meters studio album.It was recorded in 1974, at “Sea-Saint Studios”, and was produced by Allen Toussaint, Ziggy Modeliste, Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr. and Lowell George.

Personnel:

  • Ziggy Modeliste– drums, vocals
  • Art Neville– keyboards, vocals
  • Leo Nocentelli– guitar, background vocals
  • George Porter, Jr.– bass, background vocals
  • Lowell George– slide guitar
  • Tim Livingston – project manager
  • Bob Irwin – mastering
  • Al Quaglieri – mastering
  • Ken Laxton – engineer
  • Rich Russell – design
  • Bunny Matthews– liner notes

Track listing:

All tracks by Ziggy Modeliste, Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr.

  1. People Say
  2. Love Is for Me
  3. Just Kissed My Baby
  4. What’cha Say
  5. Jungle Man
  6. Hey Pocky A-Way
  7. It Ain’t No Use
  8. Loving You Is on My Mind
  9. Africa

In May 1969.

In May 1969, “Josie” label released the debut, self-titled Meters album. It was recorded in 1969, and was produced by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn.

Personnel:

  • Art Neville– organ, keyboards, composer
  • Ziggy Modeliste– drums, composer
  • Leo Nocentelli– guitar, composer
  • George Porter Jr.– bass guitar, composer
  • Janie Gans – art supervisor
  • Jake Kennedy – liner notes

Track listing:

All tracks by Art Neville, Ziggy Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr., except where noted.

  1. Cissy Strut
  2. Here Comes the Meter Man
  3. Cardova
  4. Live Wire
  5. Art
  6. Sophisticated Cissy
  7. Ease Back
  8. 6V6 LA
  9. Sehorn’s Farm
  10. Ann
  11. Stormy – Buddy Buie, R. Cobb
  12. Sing a Simple Song – Sly Stone

On February 12, 1974.

Bottom Line Club

On February 12, 1974, “The Bottom Line” club opened in New York City. Owned by Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky, during the 70’s and 80’s, the club was a major space for small-scale music performances. The club stoped working in 2004. Some of the artists who performed in the club were Miles Davis, Gato Barbieri, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Ray Barretto, Peter Gabriel, Al Kooper, Tom Waits, Melvin Van Peebles, Neil Sedaka, Billy Joel, Suzi Quatro, Patti Smith, Flo & Eddie, Toots and the Maytals, Cheech & Chong, Tower of Power, Tim Hardin, Roger McGuinn, JJ Cale, The Meters, Greg Kihn Band, Ry Cooder,Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Sam & Dave, Asım Can Gündüz, The Ronettes, John Cale, Gong, Peter Bardens, The Violent Femmes, Eric Clapton, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt,The Police, Richard Marx, Prince, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Van Morrison, The Stone Poneys, Chuck Mangione, Emmylou Harris, Clinn Rippy, Neil Young, Barry Manilow, Laura Nyro, Loudon Wainwright III, New York Dolls, Lyle Lovett, The Electric Flag, Pat Martino, Todd Rundgren, Graham Parker, Grayson Hugh, Stan Ridgway, Horslips, Dire Straits,Chris Hillman, Hawkwind, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tracy Nelson, The Pointer Sisters, Betty Carter, Ravi Shankar, Ramones and Michael Hedges.