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COSIMO 101:

101 REASONS WHY COSIMO MATASSA, WHO ENGINEERED THE SOUND OF RHYTHM & BLUES AND ROCK N ROLL, SHOULD BE IN THE ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME
By Rick Coleman

1945:
COSIMO MATASSA OPENED HIS J&M RECORDING STUDIO AT 838 NORTH RAMPART STREET AT AGE 18.

1947: He recorded:
1) GOOD ROCKIN TONIGHT BY ROY BROWN (called the first rhythm & blues and/or rock n roll record, recorded by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Paul McCartney, etc.)

2) SINCE I FELL FOR YOU BY ANNIE LAURIE

3) TRUE BY PAUL GAYTEN

1948:
4) LONG ABOUT MIDNIGHT BY ROY BROWN (#1 hit)

1949:
5) Cosimo provided a place in his J&M Studio for New Orleans first black disc jockey, Vernon Dr. Daddy-O Winslow, to broadcast his radio shows when he faced discrimination at his radio station in a whites only hotel.

6) ROCKIN AT MIDNIGHT BY ROY BROWN (recorded by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and the Honeydrippers)

7) MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS BY PROFESSOR LONGHAIR

8) FOR YOU MY LOVE BY LARRY DARNELL (#1 hit)

9) 3x7 = 21 BY JEWEL KING

10) COUNTRY BOY BY DAVE BARTHOLOMEW

11) THE FAT MAN BY FATS DOMINO (called the first Rock 'n Roll record)

1950:
12) STACK-A-LEE BY ARCHIBALD

13) EVERY NIGHT ABOUT THIS TIME BY FATS DOMINO

1951:
14) Matassa made the first ever recording for a 16-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis

15) GOIN HOME BY FATS DOMINO (#1 hit)

1952:
16) MY DING-A-LING BY DAVE BARTHOLOMEW (future #1 hit by Chuck Berry)

17) LAWDY MISS CLAWDY BY LLOYD PRICE (#1 hit; called the first Rock 'n Roll record, recorded by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Little Richard, etc)

18) I'M GONE BY SHIRLEY & LEE

1953:
19) TIPITINA BY PROFESSOR LONGHAIR

20) FEELIN SAD BY RAY CHARLES (Ray's first gospel R&B record)

21) HONEY HUSH BY JOE TURNER (#1 hit, forerunner of Shake, Rattle & Roll, recorded by the Beatles, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, etc.)

22) GOING TO THE RIVER BY FATS DOMINO

23) I DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT BY THE SPIDERS

24) THE THINGS THAT I USED TO DO BY GUITAR SLIM (#1 hit produced by Ray Charles, recorded by B.B. King, Joe Turner, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix)

25) JOCK-A-MO BY SUGAR BOY CRAWFORD (better known as Iko Iko)

26) BLUE MONDAY BY SMILEY LEWIS

27) First recordings this year by Ernie K-Doe, Earl King, Huey Smith and Bobby Marchan

1954:
28) JAM UP BY TOMMY RIDGLEY

1955:
29) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING BY SMILEY LEWIS (recorded by Fats Domino, Dave Edmunds, etc.)

30) POOR ME BY FATS DOMINO (#1 hit)

31) TUTTI FRUTTI BY LITTLE RICHARD (called the first Rock 'n Roll record, recorded by Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, etc.)

32) I'M IN LOVE AGAIN BY FATS DOMINO (#1 hit, recorded by Little Richard, Paul McCartney, etc.)

33) (SEE YOU) LATER ALLIGATOR BY BOBBY CHARLES

34) WITCHCRAFT BY THE SPIDERS (recorded by Elvis Presley)

35) FEEL SO GOOD BY SHIRLEY & LEE

36) MY BLUE HEAVEN BY FATS DOMINO

1956:
37) LONG TALL SALLY BY LITTLE RICHARD (#1 hit, recorded by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, etc.)

38) SLIPPIN AND SLIDIN BY LITTLE RICHARD (recorded by Buddy Holly, John Lennon, etc.)

MOVE TO COSIMO'S STUDIO ON GOVERNOR NICHOLLS AVENUE

39) ONE NIGHT BY SMILEY LEWIS (recorded by Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, etc.)

40) WHEN MY DREAMBOAT COMES HOME BY FATS DOMINO

41) RIP IT UP BY LITTLE RICHARD (#1 hit, recorded by Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, the Everly Brothers, John Lennon, etc.)

42) READY TEDDY BY LITTLE RICHARD (recorded by Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, John Lennon, etc.)

43) LUCILLE BY LITTLE RICHARD (recorded by the Everly Brothers, Paul McCartney, etc.)

44) AIN'T GOT NO HOME BY CLARENCE FROGMAN HENRY (recorded by Buddy Holly, the Band, etc.)

45) SEND ME SOME LOVIN BY LITTLE RICHARD (recorded by Sam Cooke, John Lennon, etc.)

46) LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL BY SHIRLEY & LEE (one of the greatest Rock 'n Roll anthems, also recorded by Sonny & Cher and in endless movies and commercials)

47) THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT BY LITTLE RICHARD (theme song from the greatest Rock 'n Roll movie of the 1950s)

48) JENNY, JENNY BY LITTLE RICHARD (recorded by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, etc.)

49) GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY BY LITTLE RICHARD (recorded by Mitch Ryder, Bruce Springsteen, etc.)

50) First solo recordings this year by Art Neville of the Hawketts/Neville Brothers and Sam Cooke of the Soul Stirrers as Dale Cook.

1957:
51) I'M WALKIN BY FATS DOMINO (#1 hit, recorded by Ricky Nelson, Los Lobos, Hank Williams, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, etc.)

52) VALLEY OF TEARS BY FATS DOMINO

53) LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW BY ROY BROWN

54) I FEEL GOOD BY SHIRLEY & LEE

55) WALKIN' WITH MR. LEE BY LEE ALLEN

56) First recording this year by Johnny Rivers as Johnny Ramistella & the Spades

1958:
57) JUST A DREAM BY JIMMY CLANTON

58) WHOLE LOTTA LOVING BY FATS DOMINO

59) DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT BY HUEY PIANO SMITH & THE CLOWNS

60) First recording this year by Allen Toussaint as Tousan

1959:
61) SEA CRUISE BY FRANKIE FORD

62) I'M READY BY FATS DOMINO (recorded by the Band, George Thorogood, Johnny & Edgar Winter, Elton John, etc.)

63) I'M GONNA BE A WHEEL SOMEDAY BY FATS DOMINO (recorded by Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney, Clyde McPhatter, etc.)

64) I WON'T CRY BY JOHNNY ADAMS

65) GO TO THE MARDI GRAS BY PROFESSOR LONGHAIR

66) I WANT TO WALK YOU HOME BY FATS DOMINO (#1 record)

67) BE MY GUEST BY FATS DOMINO

68) First recording this year by Dr. John as Mac Rebennack

1960:
69) DON'T MESS WITH MY MAN BY IRMA THOMAS

70) OOH POO PAH DOO BY JESSIE HILL (recorded by Ike & Tina Turner, etc.)

71) OVER YOU BY AARON NEVILLE

72) WALKING TO NEW ORLEANS BY FATS DOMINO

73) YOU TALK TOO MUCH BY JOE JONES

74) THERE'S SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND BY BOBBY MARCHAN (#1 record)

75) MY GIRL JOSEPHINE BY FATS DOMINO (covered by Jerry Lee Lewis, etc.)

76) WHAT A PRICE BY FATS DOMINO (recorded by George Thorogood, etc.)

77) COME ON BY EARL KING (recorded by Jimi Hendrix, etc.)

1961:
78) BUT I DO BY CLARENCE FROGMAN HENRY

79) MOTHER-IN-LAW BY ERNIE K-DOE (#1 record)

80) I KNOW BY BARBARA GEORGE

81) YA YA BY LEE DORSEY (recorded by John Lennon, etc.)

82) IT KEEPS RAININ BY FATS DOMINO

83) I'M A FOOL TO CARE BY JOE BARRY

84) IT WILL STAND BY THE SHOWMEN (one of the greatest rock n roll anthems)

85) LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW BY FATS DOMINO (performed live by Bruce Springsteen)

86) I LIKE IT LIKE THAT BY CHRIS KENNER (recorded by the Dave Clark Five, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc.)

87) IT'S RAINING BY IRMA THOMAS

1962:
88) RULER OF MY HEART BY IRMA THOMAS (recorded by Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones as Pain In My Heart)

89) SOMETHING YOU GOT BY CHRIS KENNER (recorded by Fats Domino, Wilson Pickett, the Righteous Brothers, the Moody Blues, Them, etc.)

90) LIPSTICK TRACES BY BENNY SPELLMAN (recorded by the O'Jays, Delbert McClinton, etc.)

91) FORTUNE TELLER BY BENNY SPELLMAN (recorded by the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Hollies, etc.; performed live by the Beatles)

92) ALL THESE THINGS BY ART NEVILLE (recorded by the Uniques, Joe Stampley, etc.)

93) TRICK BAG BY EARL KING

94) A CERTAIN GIRL BY ERNIE K-DOE (recorded by the Yardbirds with Eric Clapton, etc.)

95) YOU'LL LOSE A GOOD THING BY BARBARA LYNN

1963:
96) LAND OF 1,000 DANCES BY CHRIS KENNER (recorded by the Miracles, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Fats Domino, Wilson Pickett, Little Richard, Young Rascals, Tom Jones, Etta James, J. Geils Band, Roy Orbison, Ted Nugent, etc.)

1964:
97) BIG CHIEF BY PROFESSOR LONGHAIR

1965:
98) RIDE YOUR PONY BY LEE DORSEY

MOVE TO JAZZ CITY STUDIO ON CAMP STREET

1966:

99) WORKING IN THE COAL MINE BY LEE DORSEY (recorded by Devo, etc.)

100) BAREFOOTIN BY ROBERT PARKER

101) TELL IT LIKE IT IS BY AARON NEVILLE

1969:
102) CISSY STRUT BY THE METERS. (OK, so it should be called Cosimo 102, but aren't there enough reasons why this great man should be in the RnR HOF_)

 

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