Cosimo Matassa, Whose Studio Created a Rock ’n’ Roll Sound, Dies at 88

Sep 15, 2014 1569

Cosimo Matassa, whose used-record business in New Orleans led him to sell new records, which led him to open a tiny studio that helped jump-start rock 'n' roll by recording early hits by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard, died on Thursday in New Orleans. He was 88.

His granddaughter Mia Matassa confirmed the death.

Mr. Matassa was given a lifetime achievement award at the 2007 Grammys and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 for the vaunted output of his J & M Recording Studio. (The initials were those of both his father, John, and his father's business partner, Joe Mancuso.)

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