Stomp of Approval

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The Ponderosa Stomp's weekend of events kicked off with an announcement at the former site of J&M Studios (838 N. Rampart St.), which is now a laundromat. Cosimo Matassa's (pictured seated left) studio was home to legendary recording sessions by Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew (pictured seated right), Lloyd Price, Little Richard, Smiley Lewis, Professor Longhair, many local R&B legends and national acts who came to record with studio bands producing what was known in the 1950s as the New Orleans sound. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has designated the site a historic rock ’n' roll landmark. Ceremonies commemorating the designation will be included in the Cleveland museum's Nov. 8-13 American Masters Series honoring Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. (Photo by Gary Loverde)

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