1952, May 9 – BIRTH OF ADRIANA VARELA

Singer (Taurus) – her first performance as a headliner at the Cafe Homero was a disaster; as she sang she was extremely nervous and she dare not look at anyone…the legendary Roberto Goyeneche “El Polaco”, sitting alone at the bar had not even bothered to turn to look at her….all of a sudden he turned and signaled her to approach him; she was mortified and had already started to apologize to him for her performance when he said, “kid, I am going to tell you something, I don’t like women tango singers but you grabbed my soul”…he would become her mentor and she would become the best-selling and the best known tango singer of a generation and undoubtedly one of the best of all time….her extensive fan base would include young people between the ages of 30 – 45 who are not particularly lovers of tango; in this respect, her career resembled that of Julio Sosa…ironically she came to tango late in life; she was originally a rock singer and then the intermission singer at the Cafe Homero on weekdays…one day, one of the main acts on weekends was absent and she was told that she had to substitute; she was terrified

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In 1991 she recorded her first disk, a compilation called “Tango” which made people take notice; she was almost forty years old…two years later she recorded “Maquillaje” with guest singer Roberto Goyeneche for which she was awarded the coveted “Premio Ace”…in 2001 she released “Mas Tango” for which she won the prestigious “Premio Carlos Gardel”..several other albums followed one always more successful than the other…she would eventually conquer audiences all over the world; in Barcelona her delirious fans demanded several encores and applauded for a long time…..she feels that she has realized her parents unspoken dreams; the kind she now has her own two children…“dreams”, she says “are the only thing that saves you from insanity”…in 1991 she appeared in two films “Al Corazon” directed by Mario Sabato and “Plata Quemada” directed by Marcelo Pineyro…Carlos Saura opened his academy award nominated film “Tango” with her singing…she was born in the neighborhood of Avellandea in Buenos Aires and attended an all girls catholic school…as an eighteen year old she became active in politics participating in the communist youth movement and later the Peronist movement…in an interview she was asked what she would say to her beloved mentor “El Polaco” if he were to come back, “Polaco, don’t leave me”, she answered

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  1. Adriana Varela is by far, my favorite tango singer. I have eclectic tastes, and ladmire a lot of other singers too, but she had a unique timbre. I fell in love with her singing the first time I heard it.

  2. Adriana Varela is by far, my favorite tango singer. I have eclectic tastes, and admire a lot of other singers too, but she had a unique timbre. I fell in love with her singing the first time I heard it.

  3. I whole heartedly agree with you…not only is she my favorite singer but I would not be surprised if she will have been the most successful of all time taking nothing away from the legends like Libertad Lamarge, Eva Falcon, Sabina Olmos etc

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