Archive for May 17th, 2011


Singer – Rafael Fiorentino was a struggling singer but he was beginning to create a name for himself; he had sung briefly with the Edgardo Donato Orchestra and circulated among the radio stations including the two most popular, Radio Belgrano and Radio El Mundo…one evening at the historic Cafe Tortoni, he made friends with the lyricist and composer Oscar Rubens who would play a fateful role in his career…Oscar had been working with Miguel Calo when one evening the maestro confided to him that his singer Alberto Podestà would be leaving him to join the Pedro Laurenz orchestra whereupon Oscar lit up and said “Maestro I think I have the solution for you”…he took him to see the promising Rafael Fiorentino; Calo was impressed and on the spot offered Rafael a job with his orchestra…in a town with hundreds of aspiring singers, this was a major break for Rafael…it is with Miguel Calo that he acquired the stage name “Raul Iriarte”….


With Miguel Calo Raul’s destiny would be realized…Calo’s orchestra had within its ranks three young musicians who would themselves become legends of tango; Osmar Maderna “the Chopin of Tango” who would die young in a plane crash, , violinist Enrique Francini and bandoneonist Armando Pontier who after a long career would commit suicide…Iriarte’s  first recording with Calò was “Es En Vano Llorar” which was very popular…in the mean time Raul Beron returned from his brief tenure with the Lucio Demare and the two “Rauls” would sing side by side…Raul Iriarte was born in the neighborhood of Barracas, Buenos Aires…as a young boy he began to demonstrate precocious musical ability and his father, a son of Italian immigrants, encouraged his talent…after five years Raul Iriarte left Calo but on his way out he recorded “Oyeme” which turned out to be another hit…he recorded many beloved tangos but among his most popular were “Nada”, “Tabaco”, and “Trenzas”…at the peak of his popularity he became, after Carlos Gardel, the most requested tango singer in Latin America and was particularly popular in Mexico