1962, April 11 – JULIO SOSA RECORDS “MANO A MANO”

It is not well-known that besides being a great singer, Carlos Gardel was an exceptional composer; he authored or co-authored over 123 tangos including the immortal, “Por Una Cabeza” and “El Dia Que Me Quieras”; he was also the composer of “Mano A Mano”  which was a hit for him in 1923 and forty years later would be a great hit for Julio Sosa…the two singers shared two things in common; they were both from Uruguay and they both died young in fiery crashes; Carlos Gardel in an airplane crash and Julio Sosa in a car crash…the lyricist of “Mano A Mano”, Celedonio Flores, of mixed african descent, was born in the neighborhood of Villa Crespo…in his youth he led a wild, bohemian life among Buenos Aires’s clubs and bars…among his various jobs he was also an aspiring boxer…it is in this atmosphere that he came into contact with life’s tragic stories which would be the themes of his tangos…in 1920 he happened to send a simple poem to a newspaper “Ultima Ora” which to his surprise, was published and for which he was given five  pesos…that might have been the end of it had not Carlos Gardel happen to read the poem and created the tango “Margo” from it…

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Carlos Gardel would go on to record twenty-one of his tangos in the process making Celedonio a famous poet and financially secure…”Mano A Mano” is the narration of man who tells of a woman whom he realizes truly loved him and whom he offers to help, in her old and forgotten age…this was exactly the fate that awaited Sabina Olmos who in her youth was a famous singer; later, old, forgotten and penniless, she jumped to her death from the high-rise where she lived in…Julio Sosa was a lover of fast cars and he had already had several warning which he failed to heed; when he died he was at the pinnacle of his career…several proposals for tours and films were awaiting his approval…he was the only tango singer who could still command crowds; tango had by now passed from fashion and rock and roll was all the craze…he was born to a dirt poor family; his father was a day laborer and his mother was a washer woman; Julio had to leave school to work at a variety of menial jobs but in the evenings he would sing at local cafes for spare change…he was singing at one of those cafes when one evening lyricist Raul Hormaza happened to go by and hear young Julio; it was he who took him to Armando Pontier who gave him his first break

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