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Joseph Falcon

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Joe Falcon (September 28, 1900 – November 19, 1965) was a Cajun accordion player in southwest Louisiana, best known for the first recording of a Cajun song entitled “Allons à Lafayette” in 1928 . He and his wife Cléoma Breaux left for New Orleans to record as Joe & Cleoma Falcon the first Cajun record and went on to perform across southern Louisiana and Texas.

Joe was the fifth child of Pierre Illaire Falcon and Marie Arvilia Boudreaux. He was born near a small German community north of Rayne, Louisiana known as Roberts Cove, located by Bayou Plaquemine Brule. He began playing accordion at the age of seven.

His career as a professional musician began some years later at a fais-do-do hall called the “Blue Goose” (Oneziphore Guidry’s dance hall) in Rayne, Louisiana when the regular band didn’t show up and the dance hall owner insisted that Joe take their place.

As a young man, Joe was friends with accordionist Amédée Breaux of the legendary Breaux family and sometimes accompanied him on triangle. Amédée’s sister, Cléoma, a gifted guitarist and singer, became Joe’s frequent accompanist and they married not long after the onset of their recording career.
In April 1928, a jeweler, George Burrow, from Rayne, Louisiana persuaded Columbia records to record Joe and his wife Cléoma by agreeing to purchase the records. Recorded on April 27, 1928 in New Orleans, “Lafayette” caused a sensation when it was released by Columbia Records in the summer of 1928.

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