Allen Toussaint, pictured at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, is being remembered by a vast array of musicians he touched. (Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Allen Toussaint’s musical legacy stretches far

A musicians’ musician, New Orleans R&B master Allen Toussaint’s death is touching artists across the world.

In Time, bandleader Jon Batiste wrote, “Toussaint was not only a titan of a musician but also a gentleman with a classic style and elegance that demanded reverence.” On social media and in news reports, Harry Connick Jr., Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson and John Oates paid their respects to the versatile artist, who died Tuesday of a heart attack.

But the humble singer, songwriter and pianist’s influence was perhaps most notable from his work as a producer and arranger with the likes of Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville, Art Neville, Dr. John, the Meters, Joe Cocker, Glen Campbell, Patti LaBelle, Herb Alpert and many more.

These are among the hits he wrote: “Working in the Coal Mine,” “Ride Your Pony,” “Fortune Teller,” “Play Something Sweet,” and “Mother-in-Law.”

Rolling Stone’s list of “Five Allen Toussaint Songs You Need to Know” includes “Southern Nights,” “Victims of the Darkness,” “Fortune Teller,” “Ruler of My Heart” and “Go Tell the People.”

STREEP SORT OF TALKS BACK

The U.K. Daily Mail is correctly calling out an unofficial Facebook fan page in which “Meryl L. Streep” posted a picture of the 30-something actress riding the subway in the 1980s, and rising above an audition in which director Dino De Laurentiis told her she was “too ugly” to be in the movie “King Kong.”

The celebrated actress didn’t write the post, which has gone viral; it seems to have been taken from an interview she did with Graham Norton in January, in which she told the story of being invited up to the filmmaker’s office, and ended up telling him she was sorry she “wasn’t beautiful enough” for the role (which eventually went to Jessica Lange) after she heard him tell his son, in Italian, he thought she was ugly.

The post says, “I took a deep breath and said, I’m sorry you think I’m too ugly for your film,’ but you’re just one opinion in a sea of thousands and I’m off to find a kinder tide. Today I have 18 Academy Awards.”

Streep really has three Oscars, and a record-breaking 19 nominations.

Despite the inaccuracies, it’s kinda hard to knock the message’s sentiment. It indeed is inspirational.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

San Jose Shark Tomáš Hertl is 22. … Rapper Omarion is 31. … Actress Anne Hathaway is 33. … Actor Ryan Gosling is 35. … Singer Tevin Campbell is 39. … Figure skater Tonya Harding is 45. … Baseball player Sammy Sosa is 47. … Writer Naomi Wolf is 53. … Gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 54. … Actress Megan Mullally is 57. … Singer Neil Young is 70. … Keyboardist Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the MG’s is 71. … Playwright-actor Wallace Shawn is 72.

— Wire report

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