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Cosimo Matassa's J&M Recording Studio Gets Designated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame



For lovers of New Orleans music and Rock and Roll, the name Cosimo Matassa is synonymous with hits. Matassa's J&M recording studio, which once sat on the edge of the French Quarter, is one of those legendary buildings, a place touched with musical magic -- where Fats Domino and his longtime collaborator, trumpeter and producer Dave Bartholomew, as well as Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Roy Brown, Sam Cooke, Jerry Lee Lewis, Professor Longhair, Earl Palmer, Dr. John, James Booker, Guitar Slim, Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price, and many others recorded some of the greatest R&B and Rock & Roll songs of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s .  In September 2010, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame designated the site of Matassa’s first studio a historic rock and roll landmark.  

 

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 © Eve Abrams 2010