2002, May 2 – WALTER YONSKY COMMITS SUICIDE

Walter understood children, he knew them, he liked them, perhaps because he never stopped being one himself…his children’s recording were beloved and many of those children as adults, would write with nostalgia and deep gratitude about those recordings… which made it all more incredulous that one day, like another Buenos Aires singer Sabina Olmos,  he would jump to his death from of  the terrace of the building where he lived; he was sixty-four years old, out of work, out of money and alone…Walter Yonsky was born in the neighborhood of Balvanera, in Buenos Aires in 1937 to jewish immigrant parents from Poland who had arrived two years earlier…Walter’s father Moises was a musician and a lover of  tango; he arrived in Buenos Aires toting prized recording of the legendary Polish tango composer Jerzy Petersbursky; in fact, in Poland, popular music was primarily tango and primarily jewish in origin…early on Walter demonstrated precocious musical talent and Moises enrolled him in singing lessons; at the age of twelve he auditioned on Radio Belgrano

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However, it seemed to Moises that his son could never earn a living as a singer and he forced him into business school from which he graduated as an accountant…Walter however, to the dismay of his father, immediately began studying acting; he debuted in the Teatro Rivera in the city of Corboba in 1959 with George Bernard Shaw’s, “The Disciple of the Devil”… he then began performing in popular radio soap operas where his fame began to grow…he startred singing tango and he put together a tango show which ran to a packed house at the mythical Cafe Tortoni…he recorded numerous tango CDs devoted to milongas, waltzes and classic romantic tangos from “La Guardia Vieja”…among his popular recording was “Paquita Tango” dedicated to he legendary Paquita Bernardo the first woman bandoneon player…he was to say, “Our people sing very little now, they are forgetting how to do it…it is if they have the music lodged in their throat”

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