The record producer who helped bring rock and roll to the world from a corner of his family's jukebox store, died Thursday at age 88.
Cosimo Matassa brought music greats like Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis into his studio, and he recorded many of the best-known names in local music, including Dr. John and Irma Thomas.
His granddaughter, Mia, reflected Friday on how his generosity in the studio helped make him and those he recorded famous.
"He just did it because he loved it," she said. "And so many people say he was the one that made the sound. But when you talk to musicians, he let them just play and just do what they knew how to do, and that's what made that sound."
Visitation will be held Tuesday morning at Lake Lawn Metairie. A funeral Mass will follow in Lake Lawn's chapel at 3 p.m., followed by a private burial.