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Falcon, Joseph and Cléoma


Accordionist, vocalist, and composer Joseph Falcon was born on September 28, 1900, in Robert’s Cove.  His wife was guitarist and singer Cléoma Breaux, born May 27, 1906, in Crowley.  (Her siblings performed Cajun music together as the Breaux Brothers.)  In 1928 they issued the first recording of the Cajun music classic "Allons à Lafayette," under the title "Lafayette," which appeared on the Columbia label.  During the 1930s they recorded for Columbia, Decca, Bluebird, and OKeh.  In 1934 they issued an early version of "Hip et Taïaut," under the title "Ils la volet mon trancas," for Bluebird, and in 1937 Cléoma recorded the popular "Mon coeur t’appelle," better known as "J’ai passé devant ta porte," for OKeh.  On April 9, 1941, Cléoma died suddenly.  Joseph continued to perform as leader of Joe Falcon and His Silver Bell String Band (which included his second wife Theresa on drums).   Although he did not record commercially after Cléoma’s death, a 1963 live recording at the Triangle Club in Scott was eventually released on the Arhoolie label.   Joseph died on November 19, 1965, in Crowley.

Sources: Ancelet, Cajun Music; Broven, South to Louisiana; Dictionary of Louisiana Biography; Savoy, Cajun Music.

Left to right: Cléoma Breaux Falcon, Joe Falcon, ca 1935.   Photo courtesy the Johnnie Allan Collection.

 

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