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Remembering Cosimo Matassa, Recording Engineer

Remembering Cosimo Matassa

One of the studio-recording pioneers for early rock and roll artists, Cosimo Matassa, recently passed away last year at the age of 88. He helped initiate the careers of golden oldie acts like Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ray Charles, and Professor Longhair. Matassa started J&M Recordings in 1945 in New Orleans, and went on to make the city one of the music industry’s greatest hot spots.

His innovative studio was where Fats Domino cut most of his biggest classic hits, as well as recording the monster hit “Tootie Frutti” by Little Richard, among many other immortal iconic songs of the era. Other big artists like Bobby Charles, The Spiders, and Big Jo Turner spent time recording with Matassa in his several studios.

Cosimo Matassa was inducted as a non-performer into the Rockn’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 for his contribution to the music industry.

His full obituary can be read on Nola.

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