Sir Earl Toon

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As you may already know, Sir Earl achieved notoriety with the very popular band Kool & The Gang at the height of their worldwide fame and penned classic tunes like “Celebration”, “Ladies Night” and many others. It was a desire to stretch creatively that brought Sir Earl to create YMO Enterprises (Yours, Mine, Ours).

Among Sir Earl’s many significant bonifides is the fact that he is the only protégé of the master writer Otis Blackwell. Mr. Blackwell wrote such hits as “All Shook Up”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, and “Return To Sender” for Elvis Presley and “Great Balls of Fire” for Jerry Lee Lewis, “Handy Man” for Pat Boone and James Taylor, “Fever” for Peggy Lee and Madonna, just to name a few.

Under the tutelage of Otis Blackwell, Sir Earl wrote approximately 70 songs with him. Neither BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, nor other publishing companies have acquired or owns these songs. Sir Earl Toon is the owner of these songs which span genres from rock n’ roll to country & western tunes. This treasure and legacy of musical writing genius lives on and can be accessed through Sir Earl Toon.

The Mayor’s Office of New Orleans has produced several highly successful events that Sir Earl has been featured in like the concert for the cutting edge media festival called the New Orleans Media Experience, and New Years Eve in New Orleans, one of the official half dozen NYE celebrations around the country with approximately 50,000 attendees.

In each of these events, Sir Earl conducted himself in a very businesslike manner and was always ethical and accountable with any financial arrangements we had made. The City of New Orleans would welcome not just the opportunity to work with Sir Earl again, but would like to afford him the chance to return to his beloved Crescent City.

Ernest Collins
Executive Director, Arts & Entertainment
City of New Orleans