Baton Rouge Magnet High School radio stations WBRH-FM (90.3) and KBRH-AM (1260) will pay tribute to the late New Orleans recording studio owner and engineer Cosimo Matassa from 8 a.m. through noon, Saturday, Sept. 13.
Matassa died Thursday, Sept. 11, at 88.
Rob Payer, host of Saturday morning program “The Rhythm Review,” will feature four hours of Matassa-related music. Dozens of early rock ’n’ roll and rhythm-and-blues classics were recorded at Matassa’s French Quarter studios. They include national and regional hits by Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Huey “Piano” Smith, John Fred Gourrier, Jimmy Clanton, Ernie K-Doe, Chris Kenner, Roy Brown, Little Richard and many more.
Matassa’s honors include his 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Grammy Trustees Award he received in 2007; an honorary doctorate from Loyola University; and Offbeat magazine’s first lifetime achievement in music business.