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Posted: Wednesday, 10 July 2013 9:32AM

Allen Toussaint honored at White House today

Legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint will be honored with the 2012 National Medal of Arts Medal today in the East Room of the White House.

President Barack Obama will present the medal to Toussaint "for his contributions as a composer, producer, and performer," according to the website of the White House.

Toussaint was born and raised in New Orleans and has enjoyed a long career as a performer and songwriter.

Outside of his own success as a performer, he has also penned songs that went on to become hits for Glen Campbell, Paul McCartney, Patti Labelle, and many others.

Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Also honored at the ceremony today will be Louisiana writer Ernest J. Gaines, "Ernest Gaines for his contributions as an author and teacher."  Gaines was born into a fifth-generation sharecropper family in Pout Coupee Parish, a childhood that later became the basis for many of his literary works.

Photo by Jay Vise

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