Allen Toussaint And Herb Alpert To Be Honored At White House - Noise11.com
Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert

Allen Toussaint And Herb Alpert To Be Honored At White House

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on July 6, 2013

in News

Herb Alpert and Allen Toussaint are among the luminaries to be awarded the 2012 National Medal of the Arts during a ceremony that will be held on Wednesday (July 10) at the White House.

Yes, that would be the 2012 awards which were never given out last year, the first time that the honor had not been bestowed since its inception in 1984.

Alpert is being honored “for his varied contributions to music and the fine arts. The musician behind the Tijuana Brass phenomenon and co-founder of A&M Records, which launched several storied careers, Mr. Alpert is also a philanthropist who shares the power of arts education with young people across our country.”

Toussaint was named “for his contributions as a composer, producer, and performer. Born and raised in New Orleans, Mr. Toussaint has built a legendary career alongside America’s finest musicians, sustaining his city’s rich tradition of rhythm and blues and lifting it to the national stage.”

Also being given the National Medal of the Arts are Lin Arison, co-founder of the National YoungArts Foundation and the New World Symphony; Joan Myers Brown, founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company; Renee Fleming, opera singer; Ernest Gaines, author and teacher; Ellsworth Kelly, painter, sculptor and printmaker; Tony Kushner, playwright; George Lucas of Star Wars and American Graffiti fame; Elaine May, comedic writer; Laurie Olin, landscape architect and the Washington Performing Arts Society. Twelve additional individuals will receive the National Humanities Medal Citation.

The National Medal of the Arts was established by congress in 1984 to honor artists and patron of the arts and is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual on behalf of the people. Previous honorees include Alan Lomax (1986), Ella Fitzgerald (1987), B.B. King (1990), Roy Acuff (1991), Earl Scruggs (1992), Ray Charles (1993), Pete Seeger (1994), Bill Monroe (1995), Doc Watson (1997), Fats Domino (1998), Aretha Franklin and Odetta (1999), Eddy Arnold and Barbra Streisand (2000), Johnny Cash (2001), George Jones and Smokey Robinson (2002), Buddy Guy and George Strait (2003), Dolly Parton (2005), Ralph Stanley (2006), Les Paul (2007), Bob Dylan (2009), Quincy Jones and James Taylor (2010) and Mel Tillis (2011).

Read more at VVN Music

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Allen Toussaint American Tunes
Final Allen Toussaint Recordings To Be Released In June

Allen Toussaint’s final recordings will be released as ‘American Tunes’ in June.

April 15, 2016
Allen Toussaint performs in Austin Texas as part of SXSW 2006. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
R.I.P. Allen Toussaint 1938-2015

Legendary New Orleans singer, songwriter and musician Allen Toussaint died on Tuesday in Madrid, Spain at the age of 77.

November 11, 2015
California Honeydrops
California Honeydrops To Spread The Sounds Of New Orleans Throughout Australia

California Honeydrops have been around for about eight years now and spread the sounds of New Orleans (along with some San Fran funk) up and down the west coast of the USA.

September 25, 2015
Robert Plant, Australian Tour 2013, Noise11, Ros O'Gorman, Photo
Bluesfest First Announcement Due Next Week

Bluesfest will announce the first round of artists next Tuesday, August 27.

August 21, 2013
Iggy & The Stooges, Bluesfest 2013, Noise11, Ian Laidlaw, Photo
Five Days Of Bluesfest In Images PHOTOGALLERY

Music photographer Ian Laidlaw covered Bluesfest for Noise11 and captured the moment for the artists as they performed at Australia’s most loved music festival.

April 9, 2013
Bluesfest
Jimmy Cliff, Joan Armatrading, Rodriguez Added To Bluesfest

Bluesfest’s second announcement includes Jimmy Cliff, Joan Armatrading, Rodriguez, Robert Cray, Trombone Shorty and more.

October 11, 2012