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In the same year that legendary recording engineer Cosimo Matassa is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, fellow music icon Dave Bartholomew will be honored with a Grammy Trustees Award, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday.
Bartholomew was announced as one of three special Grammy winners, along with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder.
The Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity. Matassa himself earned the same award in 2007, and pianist/composer Allen Toussaint won it in 2009. The award is determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.
Bartholomew, a songwriter, bandleader, trumpeter and producer, is best known for his hugely successful partnership with Fats Domino, which resulted in more than 40 hits for Imperial Records, including two number one Billboard hits.
Bartholomew's vision, as a co-writer and collaborator on most of Domino's hits, is widely credited with helping to shape the New Orleans rhythm and blues sound of the 1950s and 1960s.
The list of other acts that Bartholomew worked with over the decades is a who's-who of New Orleans rhythm & blues, including Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price, Shirley & Lee, Earl King, Roy Brown, Huey 'Piano' Smith, Chris Kenner, Robert Parker, Frankie Ford and James Booker.
Many of those recordings were made at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Recording Studio. Earlier this month, Matassa was announced as one of the 2012 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bartholomew and Domino are previous inductees into that group.
Bartholomew will be honored at a special, invitation-only ceremony during Grammy week on Feb. 11. The winners will also be acknowledged during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards telecast on Feb. 12, broadcast on CBS and WWL-TV.