Between 1947 and 1956, the music that was laid down at Cosimo Matassa's modest J&M Recording Studio on the corner of N. Rampart and Dumaine became the music of the world. From Roy Brown's 1947 chart-topper 'Good Rockin' Tonight' to Fats Domino's 'Going to the River' and 'My Blue Heaven' -- from Lloyd Price's #1 R&B hit 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' to Little Richard's Specialty Records debut, 'Tutti Frutti' -- the recordings engineered by "Cos" at the now-legendary French Quarter studio represent an invaluable piece of American music history.
On December 10th, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the recording of 'The Fat Man,' Fats Domino's debut and first R&B chart-topper, The '50s R&B Show will broadcast live from 838/840 N. Rampart St. in New Orleans -- former home of J&M Studio! This will mark the first time that a radio broadcast has been done from this address since Vernon "Dr. Daddy-O" Winslow hosted his daily Jivin' With Jax program there 70 years ago.
I hope you will join me and my special quests for this one-of-a-kind program, where you can expect to hear several never-before-aired interview clips from many of the folks involved in the original J&M Studio recordings. And, of course, we'll be hearing lots of the fantastic musical magic that originated there! Tune in to WWOZ for this historic broadcast on December 10th at 7 p.m. central time!