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  • Writer's pictureSergio Ribeiro

Lou Pérez y Su Orquesta - Bembeteando

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

Lou Pérez was born in New York City, to parents from Puerto Rico and Cuba. At the age of four, he moved with his father to Manzanillo, Cuba, and then to Havana, returning to New York when he was nine years old. He studied music, first playing the bass before moving to the saxophone, flute, and percussion.

  • As a young musician, he was involved in the bands of Gilberto Valdés, Noro Morales, Belisario López and others, before forming his own band at the height of the charanga craze in New York in the early 1960s. Before mentioning his soloist career, let's point out from a 2004 interview where he discussed he used to play the violin. Plus on the very same interview, one can appreciate a photo showcasing Lou playing the piano as well on the far left with a light color coat and black tuxedo pants. He had several successful album releases, including :

  • Para La Fiesta Voy (1961)

  • Bon Bon de Chocolate! (1962)

  • Tamboleo (1964)

  • Of Latin Extraction (1966)

  • Barrio (1972)

  • Fantasia Africana (1975)

  • Nuestra Herencia (1976)

In all, he recorded 15 albums, and also recorded music for films and commercials. His song "De Todo un Poco", from his 1977 album of the same name, was used on the soundtrack to the hit movie Dirty Dancing in 1987, and his earlier albums became collectors' items.

Source : Wikipedia

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