New Orleans Recording Legend Cosimo Matassa Passes
September 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM (PT)
Legendary NEW ORLEANS recording engineer and studio owner COSIMO MATASSA died THURSDAY at the age of 88, WWL-TV reports. MATASSA suffered a stroke a few years ago, reportedly his overall health has been in decline over the past few months.
From the 1940s-'70s, MATASSA's studios in THE CRESCENT CITY recorded the likes of FATS DOMINO, LITTLE RICHARD, PROFESSOR LONGHAIR, JERRY LEE LEWIS, RAY CHARLES, LEE DORSEY, ERNIE K-DOE, LLOYD PRICE, SMILEY LEWIS, DR. JOHN, SAM COOKE and many others. As an engineer, MATASSA worked with producers and arrangers such as ALLEN TOUSSAINT, DAVE BARTHOLOMEW and others to shape what became known as "the NEW ORLEANS Sound" of the 1950s and 1960s.
He was inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in 2012.