Whitney Pay Tribute To Allen Toussaint With Mesmerising ‘Southern Nights’ Cover

Chicago outfit Whitney have paid musical tribute to Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans legend who made the piano sing and passed away aged 77 on November 9.

The band, whose nascent, weed-fug funk blew me away at CMJ in October, just put their cover of Toussaint’s 70s classic ‘Southern Nights’ online (via The Fader), and it’s a loving, worthy tribute to the man who Questlove described as a “humble cat whose work spoke louder than he did” and Paul McCartney called “a massive songwriting talent”.

Check it here, and raise a glass:

Whitney feature members of Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. This year they’ve become one of Chicago’s most hotly-tipped new bands.

Meanwhile, check out the Lee Dorsey-sung version of Toussaint’s ‘Get Out Of My Life Woman’, one of his all time classics: