Archive for June 30th, 2011

1942, June 30 – BERON RECORDS “QUE TE IMPORTA QUE TE LLORO”

The lyrics speak about a man who knows that he is needlessly waiting for his beloved to return and he says, “let me delude myself into believing that you will return and that we can restore our dream…allow me to cry, to always cry and to hope, even though I know that you will never return…you are oblivious to my pain and my tears…let me create something divine with the fragments that are left”… “Que Te Importa Que Te Lloro” was a major hit for Raul Beron and the Miguel Calo Orchesta and continues 60 years later to be played and danced to, in milongas a round the world…the music and the lyrics were composed by Miguel Calo with his pianist Osmar Maderna….the two would also collaborate on another hit “Jamas Retorneras” which was recorded three months later also with the voice of Raul Beron

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Raul Beron, considered by many to have been the best tango voice in history, was introduced to orchestra leader Miguel Calo by bandoneoist Armando Pontier; both Beron and Pontier were from the town of Zarate just north of Buenos Aires…Beron’s first appearance with the Calo orchestra on Radio Belgrano did not augur well; the radio programmer told Calo that the voice of Beron was not appropriate and so Calo reluctantly informed Beron that their collaboration would terminate at the end of the month…in the mean time however, Osmar Maderna convined Calo that Beron’s voice was the right one to record “Al Compas Del Corazon”; it became a major hit and Calo hastily rescinded the dismissal…Raul Beron came from a gifted musical family; his sister Alba would record several hits with the Anibal Troilo Orchestra…his older brother Jose was said to have had ever more talent than Raul but chose instead to devote his energies to the Buenos Aires night life…Armando Pontier would be a major influence in tango but commits suicide at the age 66…Osmar Maderna would become a legend in a brief life; he would die piloting his own airplane at the age of 33

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1902, June 29 – BIRTH OF MANLIO FRANCIA

Violinist, Composer (Cancer) – Unlike most of the other tango legends Manlio Francia did not have a tough beginning in life and he was forever known for his positive disposition and his generosity…he was born in the city of Venice Italy and he was to say that his childhood recollection of that beautiful city not only inspired him but gave him strength to overcome life’s vissicitudes…his father, a violinist and his first teacher, was a celebrated orchestra leader who during the summer months played at the Cote Azur in Southern France…when he was five years old, his birthday present was a violin…in 1910 the whole family made their first trip to Argentina when his father’s orchestra was hired to play at the  elegant Hotel Bristol at Mar De Plata where Argentina’s high society vacationed…Manlio recalled that on the first performance, some scantily clad dancing-girls were included and a minor scandal ensued; these were the people who looked in askance upon the scandalous tango music of the lower classes…in fact the only tango acceptable to them was the Orchestra of Osvaldo Fresedo who was the only tango musician with origins in the upper class of Argentina

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Eventually the family decided to settle in Buenos Aires…Manlio continued his studies at the Instituto Santa Cecilia from which he graduated at the age of 16…a shy Manlio began performing classical music at partys and salons but it was at the Cafe Armonia that the patrons began to request tango pieces…it is here that Manilo learned to love tango and made the difficult decision to devoted himself to its music…he was then recruited for the Maipu Pigalle where he first met Osvaldo Fresedo and Enrique Delfino…in his career he would perform with many orchestras including that of Adolfo Carabelli and Carlos Di Sarli…he played off and on for 25 years with the mythical Julio De Caro Orchestra…as a musician with the Orchestra Tipica Victor he met and worked with the inimitable Tito Schipa…with Enrique Delfino he recorded his first composition “Prorotita”; some others include “Luis Maria”, “Helena” and “Maldita Vision” which Carlos Gardel recorded in 1925

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