Jorge Laplume was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to South Miami when he was 6 years old. He picked up the guitar at age 12 after hearing The Beatles on the radio. Jorge was playing bass in an up and coming cover band called "Flight" in high school when he first met Billy Livesay whose band "Uranus" (yes, that was really the band's name) was headlining at the same venue, a Miami rock club called St. Peter's Gate. The two became instant friends.
In 1976, Jorge was called upon by Billy to join "Slyder," a legendary south Florida band who toured nationally and shared the stage with such artists as The Romantics, Mother's Finest, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Savoy Brown, and the Fixx, to name a few. Four years after the departure of Slyder's drummer David Petratos, who left the band to join the Romantics, Slyder changed their name to "The Big Bang," released an album called "Broken Dreams" on the Palm Records label, and toured until 1990.
That same year, Jorge began a ten year hiatus from the music business to get married and raise a family. Billy had formed The Livesays with Eddie Zyne in 1996 and they called upon Jorge on occasion to fill in on bass. In 2005, Jorge became the permament bassist for The Livesays and he's as excited as Billy and Eddie about their new music and their new sound with the addition of organist Cuqui Berrios.