LOU PEREZ (1928-2005)
A bandleader of Latin extraction born in Spanish Harlem, NYC, of Puerto Rican & Cuban parents. He earned an engineering degree in Aeronautics. After having served the U.S. Airforce (a mechanic) for three years, afterwards he attended the City College of New York under the G.I. Bill there he studied music theory, harmony & composition. He formed his first band a quintet 'Los Mamboleros' in '55 & converted them into an orchestra. Perez died from injuries sustained in a car accident on 5/27/05.