Archive for July 2nd, 2011


“Desde El Alma”, Juan D’arienzo’s first recording on July 2, 1935, was a big hit…it was set to the captivating 2/4 beat which would make Juan D’arienz0’s orchestra immensely popular…so popular in fact that he is widely credited as reviving tango in the 40s and 50s with a fast beat that appealed to young people…the legendary Anibal Troilo is quoted as saying “laugh if you will, but without Juanito, we would all be out of work”…born in the neighborhood of Balvanera, Buenos Aires in 1900, Juanito had to endure serious quarrels with his father, a successful businessman, because he wanted to pursue music as a career; his father wanted him to study law and take over his business ventures….at age 19 Juanito was playing violin the national symphony orchestra and later he played in a jazz group before devoting himself to tango…some historians believe that it was pianist Rodolfo Biagi who joined D’arienzo in 1935, who  suggested the faster beat…in the early 1950s D’arienzo’s milonga “La Punalada” was the first tango to ever reach 1 million copies in sales…


Interestingly, late in life, in an interview, Juan D’arienzo said that one evening at the mythical Chantecler Cabaret, Carlos Gardel express to him his premonition that he would die in an airplane crash…Juan D’arienzo never flew and consequently never left Argentina even though his music was immensely popular all over the world…”Desde El Alma” was originally composed in 1911 by 14-year-old Rosita Melo who was born in Montevideo but raised in Buenos Aires…it was recorded by Roberto Firpo for the first time soon after its composition but there were infinite versions recorded…perhaps the two most popular were the version by Juan D’arienzo and the one by Nelly Omar which was recorded on October 22, 1947 with the Francisco Canaro Orchestra…it was probably Nelly’s greatest hit in a long and glorious career  …the lyrics for the Omar version were written by Homero Manzi in 1948 for the film“”Pobre Mi Madre Querida”