The Exclusive Company record store founder James ‘Mr. G’ Giombetti dies

“It’ll be hard to say it without him.”

That’s how a music producer and one-time employee at The Exclusive Co.’s flagship store in Oshkosh described the death of his former boss, James Giombetti, whose signature catchphrase, “Say it with me,” marked the end of the record store chain’s TV and radio spots.

Better known as “Mr. G,” Giombetti founded and owned The Exclusive Co. record store chain and sold music since the 1950s. He opened the first store in 1956 in West Bend before moving to Oshkosh, where he opened a second store a year later.

Giombetti died Saturday in Opa Locka, Florida, according to a death notice from Vallés Funeral Homes & Crematory.

The Exclusive Co. still operates seven stores across Wisconsin, including in Appleton, Green Bay, Janesville, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and West Bend, and bills itself as “America’s oldest full-line independent record store.”

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