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Cosimo Matassa dies at 88; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, producer
Cosimo Matassa dies at 88; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, producer

Cosimo Matassa, 88, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, died Thursday in New Orleans, said his granddaughter Mia Matassa. He had been ailing since he had a stroke in 2009. Matassa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, two years after the organization named his original J&M Studio — now a laundromat but with "J&M Music Shop" still on the threshold — as its 11th historic American rock 'n' roll landmark. "Some of the greatest rhythm & blues and rock and roll sides of all time were laid down in Matassa's small, unpretentious room,"...

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