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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 ...


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 ...