Songs of The Day: Irma Thomas – Ruler of My Heart, and Otis Redding – Pain In My Heart

Possibly my favorite performance of an Allen Touissant composition, Irma’s original recording even tops Otis’ variation.


R.I.P. to New Orleans Soul legend, Allen Toussaint

More famous for the hitmaking successes that other artists had with his songs (none more so than Lee Dorsey) than his own recordings, Allen Touissant was nevertheless just as prodigious a talent at the fore as behind the scenes, to which the following songs will attest. Just a few Touissant compositions you might know: Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky, Ride Your Pony, Working In A Coal Mine, Mother-In-Law, Fortune Teller, Ruler of My Heart, A Certain Girl, Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette), Get Out My Life, Woman, and many more. His impact on New Orleans Soul, and Soul in general, is tremendous. Stroll on, Allen!

And a documentary which I hope to get around to watching this week.