Lionel Belasco

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Lionel Belasco (1881 – c. 24 June 1967) was a prominent pianist, composer and bandleader, best known for his calypso recordings.

Biography[edit]

According to various sources, he was born in Maracaibo (Venezuela) and others in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He grew up in Trinidad, the son of an Afro-Caribbean mother and a Sephardic Jewish father. He travelled widely in the Caribbean and South America in his youth, absorbing a wide variety of musical influences. He was leading his own band by 1902. He made his first phonograph recordings in Trinidad in 1914.[1]

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  1. ^ Richie Unterberger, "Artist Biography" at AllMusic.

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