Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 May 2015

Various Artists

The Cosimo Matassa Story (Proper)

Most people know about Sam Phillips and Sun Studios, but the often overlooked Cosimo Matassa played just as important a part in the development of rock'n'roll from its R&B roots.





It was in Matassa's J&M Studios in New Orleans that Dave Bartholomew (right) recorded Fats Domino's string of hits, and Bumps Blackwell captured Little Richard's explosive breakthrough with Tutti Frutti, long before Elvis had even crossed Sun's threshold.

Add to this such landmarks as Bobby Charles' original See You Later, Alligator, Smiley Lewis's I Hear You Knocking and Lloyd Price's Lawdy Miss Clawdy, and you'll get an idea of how crucial Cosimo was to 20th-century music.

Key to the studio's success was band leader Dave Bartholomew, who produced many of the tracks on this four-disc anthology, and revealed his own engaging personality on tracks such as the droll Who Drank My Beer While I Was in the Rear. In later years, Cosimo would shift operations to other locations, with further successes, but it's the 1950-56 period covered here that best testifies to his genius.



COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Gemini:

Your leadership ability is at an all time high. Take this opportunity to pursue a cherished dream. In the past, rivals moved to block your path. Now all opposition will vanish into thin air. The difference is your level of determination. You're no longer willing to give up on your plans for the sake of fitting in. Being different is a source of pride for you. This ability to stand apart from the crowd will make you invincible. Stop looking to others for cues.More