1906, June 9 – ERNESTO PONZIO MARRIES “SLEEPING BEAUTY”

Ernesto Ponzio was a friend of the Savino boys and on a visit to their house one evening, he happened to see their young sister Adela sleeping sweetly on the sofa…there was a moment of stunned silence…he turned to the matriarch Savino and said, “Madam, take care of her for me, for I shall come back to marry her”…true to his word, on June 9, 1903 Ernesto Ponzio married the lovely, shy Adela Savino…Ernesto Ponzio was the composer of “Don Juan” one of the most beloved tangos in history; it has been recorded by almost all the great orchestras but the Carlos Di Sarli version is perhaps the best known…interestingly, it was the tango that the legendary El Cachafaz was dancing to in 1943 when he died suddenly from a massive heart attack…Ponzio was born in the neighborhood of Tierra Del Fuego, Buenos Aires…his father Antonio, an immigrant from Napoli, was playing his harp on stage one day when he died suddenly from a heart aneurysm…

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Ernesto Ponzio, at age thirteen, was forced to leave school and play his violin at local bars for spare change to help support the family…later he would be renown for his generosity…fellow musicians knew that if they were in need, they could turn to him for help and when he did not have money he might compose a piece of music on the spot for the struggling musician to sell…later he and his beloved wife would open a grocery store where it was customary for struggling familys to obtain food on credit; in fact Ponzio was beloved as much for his generosity and his generous smile as much as for his compositions…in the 1933 classic film “Tango” Ponzio can be seen playing his violin as El Cachafaz and Carmencita Calderon are dancing to “El Enterriano” considered by some historians as the first published tango in history…it was noon time on October 31 of 1934 that, as he was playing on stage Ernesto  suddenly dropped his violin, grabbed his chest and  keeled over meeting the same fate as his father; he was forty-nine years old

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