Baptized as Felipe Antonio Pirela Moron, was the eighth one of the children of the marriage conformed by Felipe Pirela Monsalve who was bricklayer and Lucia Moron de Pirela, who was housewife and merchant, besides fan to the artistic expressions. From boy, the future interpreter already showed interest in the song being supported by its so much mother in the musical learning, as in its first actions in radio. In fact, at the age of 13 of age, next to… read more
Lavoe was born and raised in the Machuelo Abajo barrio of Ponce, Puerto Rico . Early in his life, he attended the Ponce Free School of Music known today as the Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos ,  and, inspired by Jesús Sánchez Erazo, developed an interest in music.  He moved to New York City on 3 May 1963, at the age of sixteen.  Shortly after his arrival, he worked as the singer in a sextet formed by Roberto García.  During this period, he performed with several other groups, including Orquesta New York, Kako All-Stars, and the Johnny Pacheco band .
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