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Lea Geler

was born on 22 August 1928 in a conventillo, or tenement house (community housing where very poor people live), in the city of Buenos Aires. He was the youngest son of Lucía Teodolinda Obella and Salvador Balbuena, both Afro-Argentines. His first marriage was with Celia Catani, also of African descent, and together they had a son, Daniel Hugo. After being widowed, he married again, this time to Adelina Isabel Soto, also an Afro-Argentine and the daughter of Celina Posadas. They had three children: Silvia Noemí Balbuena, Lucio Omar, and Leandro Martín.

Hugo grew up in a very poor family For this reason he had to drop out of high school in order to work as a casual laborer to help improve his family s financial situation While his mother Lucía had worked extremely hard to earn a teaching degree the story within the family was that she had not ...

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Born in Tyler, Texas, Eric Arthur Wilson began playing bit parts in vaudeville while in his early teens. In 1910 he moved to New York to work as a musician, where he helped popularize Ragtime. He formed a Jazz quintet, the Red Devils, with whom he toured Europe ...