Archive for December 12th, 2010

1940, December 12 – HECTOR MAURE’S 1ST RECORDING

He dreamed of being a boxing champion and one particular evening’s match was especially  important in his promising career which everyone was whispering about but in the seventh round, a hard right which seemed to come out of nowhere, sent him to the canvass for the ten count….within a few days he received  some hard news, he was seriously injured and would not be able to box again; it is then that he decided to devote himself exclusively to singing…Hector Maurè was born on March 13, 1920 (Pisces) in the neighborhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires to a struggling Italian immigrant father and a mother from Lugo, Galicia…he had to quit school early to work to help the family make ends meet..his boxing dreams now spent, he began singing in neighborhood family celebrations and festivals…one day, encouraged by friends and not at all sure of himself, he made his debut at the Cafe Rio De La Plata where to his surprise and delight the public liked him and he got a contract for three months…other temporary gigs were to follow


The following year he had his first break when Anselmo Aieta asked him to sing part-time with his orchesta…that same year he entered the celebrated Puloil Soap Tango Contest on Radio Belgrano…out of 5000 applicants, 10 finalists were chosen whose final test was a radio performance…Hector sang two tangos “Lo Han Visto Con Otra” and “Confesion”; by vote of the public he was finally declared the winner…his award was a six month contract and 500 pesos a month; quite a substantial sum in those days…another milestone occurred when he was one of several candidates for the then marquee orchestra of Juan D’arienzo and eventually he was selected…it is indeed with the Juan D’arienzo orchestra that he made his first recording “Flor De Mal” composed by Juan Carlos Gravis; he was to make a total of 293 recordings in his career…..on January 1, 1945 he began his career as a soloist singing on Radio Belgrano with his own orchestra..his success was breathtaking; he was in constant demand in Buenos Aires and Uruguay and even made a trip to France…he had indeed come a long way from the young promising boxer whose career had been destroyed by a hard right in the seventh round that had out of nowehere… evening in 1976, at his home, in the midst of a career branching on several fronts, he suddenly and unexpectedly had a heart attack and passed away; he was 56 years old.


  • CLICK HERE – to hear Hector Maurè sing “Dime Mi Amore” (Tell me my love) composed by Rodolfo Sciamarella with lyrics by Manuel Romero which was a hit for both him and the Juan D’arienzo Orchestra