The New Orleans City Council paid tribute Thursday to Allen Toussaint.
The legendary pianist, songwriter and producer received a National Medal of Arts Award at the White House last month. It's the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.
"Very well deserved, very overdue, but how exciting to have you recognized, finally," said City Council President Jackie Clarkson.
"I appreciate so much the beauty you bring to the world, and particularly the fact that you have made New Orleans what it is on the international music scene," said Council Vice-President Stacy Head.
Toussaint's career spans five decades. He has collaborated with and had his songs covered by such artists as Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Patti Labelle, The Who, The Band, Paul McCartney, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Jerry Garcia, Phish and scores of others.
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