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In 1946, nineteen-year-old Cosimo Matassa opened up J&M Recording Service, a recording studio located on the outskirts of the French Quarter. Cosimo (pronounced "Cosmo"), had no previous experience as a recording engineer and the studio was nothing more than a little room in the back of a record/home appliance store with some primitive recording equipment. His original intentions were to make recordings for his customer's personal use, but independent record labels, attracted by the abundance of musical talent in New Orleans, would soon be seeking him out to capture the first sounds of rock n' roll. Photo courtesy of the Cosimo Matassa Family.

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