Influential New Orleans composer, producer, arranger and artist Allen Toussaint died Monday (November 9) while on tour in Spain. He was 77. Allen wrote such classics as “Mother-In-Law” (#1-1961 for Ernie K-Doe– he also produced the recording), “Southern Nights” (#1-1977 as recorded by Glen Campbell), “Working In The Coal Mine” (#8-1966 by Lee Dorsey), “Java” (#4-1964 by Al Hirt) and “Whipped Cream” (#68 in 1965 for Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass but better known from its use on TV’s “The Dating Game”). He produced artists like B.J. Thomas, Dr. John, the Meters and even “Lady Marmalade” from Labelle (#1-1975). He worked with Paul McCartney on Wings’ “Venus And Mars” album in 1975. Allen was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.