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Considered by many to be the greatest Cajun accordion players, Joe Falcon and his wife Cleoma Breaux Falcon made the first commercial recording of Cajun music in 1928 for Columbia. Cleoma's brothers Amadee, Ophy and Clifford Breaux also recorded in these early years, sometimes by themselves, sometimes with Falcon; the Breaux family patriarch, Auguste, had been a legendary accordion player for an earlier generation. From 1928 to 1940 the Falcons released some 45 titles. Cleoma Falcon died in 1941, putting a sad end to the couple's musical collaboration. Though Joe continued to play local dances into the 1960s, he declined to make further recordings, maintaining he had been cheated by record companies.

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