Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Notes:
2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took take place on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland. Cosimo Matassa was inducted in the Award for Musical Excellence category. Other 2012 inductees included Beastie Boys, Donovan, Guns N' Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces (aka The Faces), Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns.
Watch past Cosimo Matassa interviews and tributes from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The categories of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees include Performers, the Ahmet Ertegun Award (formerly the Non-Performer category), Early Influences and the Award for Musical Excellence (which replaced the Sidemen category).
Members of The Coasters inducted in 1987 included Shreveport, LA native Will "Dub" Jones (born May 14, 1926; died January 16, 2000).
Members of The Ventures inducted in 2008 include Gerry McGee. McGee, a native of Eunice, LA, is the son of late Cajun fiddle legend Dennis McGee.
Check out our feature article, New Orleans' Role in Rock: Hall of Fame Embraces Crescent City from 2004.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum designates Cosimo Matassa's J&M Recording Studio as a historic rock and roll landmark. Ceremonies took place in New Orleans on September 24, 2010 (watch video).
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's education department presented "Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studios and the Birth of Rock and Roll" on September 29, 2010.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honor Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew during 15th annual American Music Masters series in November, 2010 (more info).
The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 14, 2011. Dr. John was inducted by John Legend. Specialty Records founder Art Rupe was inducted by Lloyd Price. See photos & video clips from Dr. John's induction.