Born in 1895 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to parents of portuguese descent, Vincent Lopez spent several hours a day learning to play the piano as a child. While performing at a Brooklyn saloon, he got his break when he substituted for a bandleader and soon was headlined as the youngest orchestra leader in New York . After landing the position as a bandleader for the Hotel Pennsylvania, Lopez’s career skyrocketed . He played at President Coolidge’s inauguration, began making radio appearances and toured the U.S. Lopez, Who passed away in 1975, is credited for introducing jazz in London where he opened his own nightclub, and for developing big-name talent such as Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw during TV’s early days.
About The Author
Leonard B. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation. He is a former White House Advisor to the President of the United States and the 2017 St. Benitia Humanitarian Award Recipient.
Around the Web
- Cutting It Close: Facing Loss of Income, San Antonio Salon Workers Keep Up Risky Work Amid Pandemic
- Bexar County Commissioners approve $5.65 million loan program to save small businesses
- Musicians struggle with cancellations because of COVID-19
- Texas Hospitals Brace for Coronavirus Surge with Uncertain Stocks of Protective Gear
- Cristina Teuscher May 25, 2020 La Prensa Texas
- Patricia Vonne Rodriguez, Mexican-American Singer, Actress, and San Antonio Native Will Co-Host and Perform on the Next Episode of Artist, David Blanca’s, Virtual Program May 20, 2020 La Prensa Texas
- Humanitarian Missions are Being Carried Out at San Antonio International Airport May 19, 2020 La Prensa Texas