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“Teen Expo: The Cleopa­tra La­bel” NUMERO

Out now. From a base­ment in New Jersey, Tommy Fal­cone re­made him­self into a DIY Phil Spec­tor. From 1962 to 1970, he founded and ran Cleopa­tra Records, dis­cov­ered and men­tored young Gar­den State tal­ent, wrote songs and pro­duced wild stu­dio ef­fects, and quit his day job to pro­mote it all him­self. Trained as an ac­cor­dion­ist, Fal­cone had a whirl­wind imag­i­na­tion and an om­niv­o­rous ap­proach to genre, ex­pressed through acts like the Cen­turies, the Tab­bys, Johnny Sil­vio, the In­mates, Ber­nadette Car­roll, the Hall­marks, Vickie & the Van Dykes, the Shandil­lons, Eu­gene Vis­cione, the Shoe­string, and more. Cleopa­tra be­came a time-cap­sule of ev­ery 1960s pop style imag­in­able - garage rock, psychedelia, surf, girl groups, soul, nov­el­ties, ex­ot­ica, even a crooner - a kalei­do­scope of sound in search of the ever-elu­sive hit record.

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