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Red Tyler and New Orleans R&B

Saxophonist Alvin “Red” Tyler played a significant role in the successes of the J&M studio band at Cosimo Matassa’s studio in New Orleans. As a member of this band, he was instrumental in recording most of the million-selling hits that came out of that studio in the 1950s and 1960s. Tyler’s baritone saxophone and occasional tenor saxophone performances were crucial in defining the sound of these recordings.

These recordings were not just hits of their time but also played a pivotal role in shaping the sound of rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and soul.

  1. Fats Domino: A major artist recorded at J&M Studio was Fats Domino. Some of his notable hits from this period include “The Fat Man,” recorded in 1949, which is considered a contender for the first rock and roll record, and “Rock And Rollin’ With Fats Domino“​​​​.
  2. Little Richard: Another significant artist was Little Richard, who recorded the groundbreaking “Tutti Frutti” at J&M Studio in 1955. This song is one of the seminal titles in the birth of rock ’n’ roll.​​​​.
  3. Other Notable Artists and Hits: The J&M studio band, featuring Alvin, played on almost all the hits that came out of New Orleans during this era. Their contribution can be heard in recordings from artists like Roy Montrell, Huey Piano Smith, Earl King, Guitar Slim, and Tommy Ridgley. Often, Tyler was also the de facto arranger and producer for many of these sessions​​.

We remember Alvin “Red” Tyler on his birthday, December 5th, 1925.

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