Lou Perez And His Orchestra

Lou Perez And His Orchestra

Real Name:
Lou Perez
On May 27th, 2005, bandleader, flutist, composer and arranger Lou Perez died from injuries sustained in a car accident in New York City. Lou is best known for his song "De Todo un Poco", which was used in the movie "Dirty Dancing." Lou Perez was a multi-talented artist whose musical knowledge encompassed a variety of instruments including piano, reeds, percussion, guitar and bass. His greatest contribution was that of being a world class arranger and composer of many songs that have become part of the Latin American identity both within and beyond American shores. Born in New York City of Cuban and Puerto Rican parentage, Lou was exposed at an early age to the rich musical culture that was fast developing into what we now know as the golden era of Cuban Popular Music when his parents moved to Cuba.
Upon returning to the states, Lou benefited from instruction in New York City's musical institutions. He began his professional career with the legendary Noro Morales & His Orchestra as a percussionist, and from there, contributed to many other popular local orchestras of the day. Lou Perez was one of the first few bandleaders to emerge in the 1960s leading a "Charanga" whose sound had become the musical preference for New York dancers, replacing the Mambo and Cha-Cha-Cha with the Pachanga.
Lou's composition "De Todo un Poco" was featured in the 1987 cult film classic "Dirty Dancing", which catapulted Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Garner to worldwide box office notoriety.
An extraordinary array of artists -- including Machito, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Charlie Palmieri, Graciela, Tipica Novel, Tamara Torres, and many more.
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Lou Perez And His Orchestra Discography Tracks


ES 1760 Elena Madera With Lou Perez And His Orchestra Elena Madera With Lou Perez And His Orchestra - Que Buena Esta ... Elena!!(LP, Album) Columbia ES 1760 US 1961 Sell This Version
LPS 058 Lou Perez And His Orchestra Of Latin Extraction /... De Extraccion Latina(LP, Album) Chateau Records LPS 058 US 1966 Sell This Version