BATON ROUGE, La.(NBC33) —
S. J. Montalbano inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Cadillac Cafe in Baton Rouge. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame President Mike Shepherd says the Baton Rouge record producer was a huge influence on the music scene in the late 50's and 60's. Montalbano started Montel records. He and his brother Mickey launched the careers of several big names like Jimmy Clanton and Dale and Grace.
S.J. also remembers when he was called upon to finish the "Buddy Holly Tour,"When Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens were killed in a plane crash.
"I got a call to replace those 3 in Clear Lake, Iowa,” says Montalbano. “Jimmy Clanton and I flew up there. We were a part of history and we didn't even know it. You're moving all the time. "
"S.J. is in the top 5 or 6 most important producers in the history of La." Says Mike Shepherd, President of the La. Music Hall of Fame.
The Montel Records crew congratulated tonight by Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler as well as Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. The La Music Hall of Fame is approaching 130 members. The event also a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame. For more information on the Hall and a list of members, check out their website at: http://louisianamusichalloffame.org