Archive for May 14th, 2011


Leader, Composer, Violinist, Pianist (Taurus) – through his unique way of feeling and expressing tango, this shy and sensitive violinist was to a major influence on legendary figures who followed him….the great Astor Piazzolla idolized Gobbi speaking frequently of his influence and dedicating to him his renown “Retrato de Alfredo Gobbi”…Alfredo Gobbi was born in Paris; his father Alfredo Eusebio Gobbi, originally from Uruguay, was himself a celebrated singer and composer and one of the early pioneers of tango….along with his wife Flora they formed a celebrated duo “Los Gobbis” who were a hit in Paris…working with them there was the legendary Angleo Villoldo who would also become Alfredo’s godfather…in time the couple returned to Buenos Aires and Alfredo grew up in the neighborhood of Villa Ortuzar…Alfredo began studying violin and it soon became evident that he was a gifted musician…his father dreamed of seeing his son as a great classical violinist but against his father’s strenuous opposition, Alfredo began to gravitate toward tango…


Alfredo began working as a “canillita” on the streets selling oranges to raise money to get into the Select Lavalle Cabaret to see the Julio De Caro Orchestra…at age thirteen he made his professional debut playing in modest sidewalk trios…his first break occurred when the legendary Juan Maglio “Pacho” asked him to join his orchestra and later he joined the  Elvino Vardaro Quartet where his two young companions, Anibal Troilo and Osvaldo Pugliese, would one day would be legends…at the age of thirty, he formed his own orchestra which debuted at the San Souci Cabaret and soon after that, they headlined on the influential Radio El Mundo….Alfredo had composed his first tango “Perro Fiel” (Faithful Dog) at the age of 14; many more were to follow including the hit, “Un Tango Para Chaplain”…many singers would form their careers with Alfredo Gobbi including Tito Landò, Alfredo Del Rio and Carlos Yanel…he appeared in three films “Barranca Abajo” in 1937, Loco Lindo in 1936, and Amalia, also in 1936, and directed Luis Moglia Barth who three years earlier had premiered the first sound film in Argentina,  “Tango”