Archive for January 26th, 2011

1938, January 26 – Nestor Feria Records “CHUMBALE LOS PERROS”

Singer, Composer (born March 5, 1894, Pisces) – Nestor had struggle for many years and he felt he had paid his dues; he wanted to be treated with a certain amount of respect and he wasn’t getting it…in a moment of rage he told the producer at Radio Stentor to go to hell and he stomped out…walking alone now in this chilly night he was the loneliest person in the world; now what was he to do; his career had been one of stops and starts and he was no longer a kid…out of the misty night he heard his name called,  “Nestor how are you”, it was his friend the actor Fernando Ochoa…when he told him what had happened he promptly dragged him to Radio Belgrano where the hired him on the spot…it was the begining of the resurgence of his career…he became the singing voice for the very popular variety programs sponsored by Federal Soap; important offers for stage in and theaters were to follow….he was hired for his first movie “Juan Moreira” directed by Nelo Cosimi…he debuted with his own composition “En Blanco y Negro” which became a big hit…other successful compositions were to follow, “Las Carretas”, “Paginas Intimas”, “La Bata de Percal”

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Nestor Feria was born in the village of  Canelones Bolivar, Uruguay into a family with closely guarded secrets….after a quarrel his mother, with rare courage for those time, she left her husband and moved to Montevideo to the neighborhood of “La Union” where Nestor was to spend formative years…as he grew Nestor became spellbound by the nearby racetrack where he eventually got a job as a stable boy…young Nestor loved to sing, he sang all the time…it was the other stable hands themselves that suggested to Nestor that he pursue singing as a career…at the age of 16, he found himself singing at the Pancho Orezoli Cafe and the launching of his career…In 1945the first symptoms of lung cancer began to appear but he kept working inspite of the pain and discomfort…now he regretted never having married; lived alone in a rented room in Buenos Aires….Fernando Ochoa, his old friend, again came to his rescue…through his connections he obtained for Nestor a role in the remake of “Juan Moreira” directed by Jose Moglia Barth…immediately after the film he had a strongh desire to return to his native Uruguay and just a few weeks later he collapsed and on September the 27th at 11 am he passed away

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1904, January 25 – BIRTH OF ANTONIO RODIO

Composer, Leader, Violinist (Acquarius) – Francesca Pumarola put on a brave face, but little Antonio, hugging his threadbare coat , sensed the terror in his mother’s soul as they set out that morning from the town of Crispiano, in the ancient greek province of Puglia in Southern Italy to the port of Napoli to begin the long and arduous journey to Buenos Aires…half a century later having finally found the peace he had dreamed of in Vina del Mar in Northern Chile, he would speak of that day, “I still see that look in mother’s eyes”, he recalled…arriving finally at their destination, they found a small house in a conventillo among other struggling immigrants; cramped quarters for a family of nine…at the age of six he began his music studies with the maestro Mario Rossner on the upper floor of the tea-room Santa Lucía…by the age of eight he had completed elementary studies and then entered the conservatory…two years later he graduated as a superior professor of violin….He began his professional career at the age of 11 working at the Orchestra Classica at the Empire Cinema.

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When the prestigious Colon Theater Classical Orchestra held auditions, out of countless candidates, Antonio won the seat; he soon became concert master, one of the youngest in the history of the orchestra…..by the age of 25 he had established a reputation as one of the best violinists in Argentina…in his career he was to work with the legends of tango…Carlos Gardel, Osvaldo Fresedo, Ada Falco, Agustin Magaldi, Pedro Mafia, Azucena Maizani..in 1936 he formed his own orchestra calling it “Los Poetas Del Tango” with Miguel Ninjensohn on piano and Francisco Fiorentino on vocals….Little did he realize, when in 1945, he agreed to accompany Miguel Calo on a tour of South America how it would change his life….on a stop over at the resort town of Vina del Mar he realized that he was strangely content; he would remain there for the rest of his life …in the early part of 1980 he was diagnosed with throat cancer and just a few months later, the little boy who had arrived from the ancient greek province of Puglia in Southern Italy in a threadbare coat passed away at the age of 76…among his numerous compositions are great hits like Angustias, Parece Mentira, Amore Brujo and Cosas Olvidadas made into a hit by Roberto Goyeneche.

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