1999, June 4 – TODO TANGO IS LAUNCHED !

Very early in life his father noticed two qualities in young Ricardo, his attraction to music and his steely determination in his youthful pursuits…little did he suspect that one day, Ricardo would use those qualities to create the world’s largest and most comprehensive tango portal in history, Todo Tango…with its data center in San Antonio, Texas, it has 200,000 registered users it and boasts over 14,000 page views per day, 5000 daily visitors and  50,000 unique web sites linking to it…it’s content is indeed mind boggling; it lists in alphabetical order biographies on singers, musicians, lyricists and dancers…it contains musical scores of history’s most renown tangos, lyrics, downloadable music, unique historical articles, interviews with some of tangos legends, forums and a special section devoted to Carlos Gardel…Ricardo Garcia Blaya grew up in the Liniers neighborhood of Buenos Aires in a home full of music jazz, American pop, classical, opera and of course tango…

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While the other teenage boys were part of Beatles mania, young Ricardo Garcia Blaya was passionate about Julio Sosa…in the evenings he and his brother Carlos would join their father around the radio to listen to the Alfredo De  Angelis orchestra on Radio Mundo’s legendary Glostora Tango Club…as young boys, their nanny would put them to sleep to the music of tango on the radio and he remembers with particular nostalgia, renown vocalist  Hector Varela on Radio Belgrano….Ricardo went on to attend the University of Buenos Aires and then law school graduating finally as a board certified attorney…along the way, like the legendary Enrique Santos Discepolo, one of his personal heroes, he became involved in Peronist Party politics in his beloved Argentina…but his passion was always tango; his personal collection of tango recordings numbered over 40,000 recordings…with his friend Nestor Pinson he conducted the celebrated radio show “Siempre El Tango” on Radio Nacional specializing in tango music from the 20s and 30s

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