Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa, who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, passed away at the age of 88. His original J&M studio is recognized as the 11th historic American rock and roll landmark.
Matassa’s recording business grew out of a jukebox business run by his father, John Matassa, and business partner Joe Mancuso. After selling used jukebox records, Matassa went into business with Mancuso as J&M Music Shop. Their venture was a hit. He is survived by sons John, Louis and Michael as well as seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.