CMike Coppola/Getty Imagesosimo Matassa, an engineer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose New Orleans studios were used by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard from the 1940s to the 1970s, died Thursday at the age of 88, according to WWL-TV. He had been ailing since suffering a stroke several years ago.

Matassa opened his small but legendary J&M Studio in New Orleans in 1945. It was where Fats Domino recorded nearly every one of his hits.

Matassa’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bio notes that approximately 250 nationally-charting singles and 21 gold records were recorded at the studio. Among them: “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” by Lloyd Price, “Mother-in-Law” by Ernie K-Doe, “Good Rockin’ Tonight” by Roy Brown, and “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Big Joe Turner. Matassa moved the studio to another location in New Orleans in 1956.

Matassa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

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