Legendary 'New Orleans Sound' maker Cosimo Matassa dies

September 12, 2014 2:40 AM

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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Cosimo Matassa, the legendary recording engineer and studio owner who helped introduce and shape New Orleans' early rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll sound and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recognized with a Grammy for his efforts, died Thursday. He was 88.

Matassa was sidelined by a stroke in recent years and his health had declined over the past few months, according to his family.

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