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Songwriter Toussaint honored in Big Easy

Over music and gumbo served in a historic New Orleans nightclub, pianist and hit songwriter Allen Toussaint will join the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Today's celebration was planned in a perfect spot for Toussaint and his fellow inductee, the late rhythm and blues singer Ernie K-Doe.

The Mother-in-Law Lounge is named for K-Doe's biggest hit from the '60s, "Mother-In-Law," which was written by Toussaint. And after being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilt club stands as a living monument of Big Easy musical history.

"It's fitting and proper to have the ceremony there," said Toussaint, 71, whose painted image was recently added next to K-Doe's on the club's outside entrance. "I wrote that song for Ernie all those years ago. This will be refreshing, and with the new painting, like a new grand opening."