- Associated Press - Monday, November 16, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Admirers of one of New Orleans’ most influential musicians can honor the late Allen Toussaint (TOO-sahnt) Friday at a visitation and tribute at the Orpheum Theatre.

Rhodes Funeral Home says burial will be private for the songwriter, producer, singer and pianist. Jasminne Navarre says visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, with three hours of music starting at 11 a.m.

Rather than flowers, Toussaint’s family requests donations to New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness.

Toussaint died Nov. 11 in Spain of a heart attack. His last performance was Nov. 10 at Madrid’s Lara Theater.

The hundreds of hits he wrote ranged from “Southern Nights” to “Working in the Coal Mine.” Starting as a songwriter and producer, Toussaint began performing more and producing his own albums in the 1970s.

After Hurricane Katrina, he toured to bring attention to New Orleans and its music.

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