Remembering Allen Toussaint
The music world was shaken this week by the news that New Orleans songwriter, producer and musician Allen Toussaint passed away at age 77 while on tour in Spain. There's been an outpouring of stories, playlists and tributes, and we wanted to share a Facebook post from our co-founder Rick Farman, whose personal note thoughtfully captures the impact that Mr. Toussaint had on the origin story of Superfly.
"Like most in the extended New Orleans musical community the news of Allen's passing filled our home with sorrow this morning. His music and lyrics have been the cornerstone of my personal love affair with New Orleans R&B and beyond. My wife Annie R Farman and her father Michael Rothschild share such a special bond over the reverence for his music that for our family his importance is truly second to non. So much so that our wedding ceremony exclusively weaved in instrumental versions of his songs (arranged and played amazingly by Mr. Glenn Hartman).
The songs he wrote or produced were the soundtrack to the friendship Jonathan Mayers, Richard Goodstone, Kerrison Black and I developed as we started Superfly. And of course his connection to the name of Bonnaroo and the special performance of Desitively Bonnaroo for the 10th Anniversary - one of the proudest contributions we have made to New Orleans music history.
Much love to his family including our friend Clarence Reginald Toussaint.
RIP Allen, thank you for your amazing contribution to this world. We'll always be celebrating his music and his gentlemanly spirit."