1922, July 5 – BIRTH OF OSCAR LARROCA

Singer, Composer (Cancer) – One day his father, himself a musician, tried to warn young Oscar of the sacrifices that had to be made in pursuing a career in music but Oscar looked intently at his father and with youthful self assuredness said, “I know father but I want to become a singer“….in 1976 at the age of 54, basking in the rewards of a life of sacrifices; a beloved singer throughout Latin America he suddenly passed away…one of his last words was remembering the love and encouragement of his father…his father, an Italian immigrant was a guitarist and a gaucho style singer was Oscar’s first guitar teacher; he later enrolled Oscar in the conservatory from which he graduated as a certified guitar teacher at the age of sixteen…Oscar Larocca was born in the neighborhood of Almagro, Buenos Aires and years later his recording of a tango in honor of his neighborhood would be one of his major hits; in fact it would become part of his repertoire for the rest of his life…

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Still barely a teenager, Oscar began singing  in the neighborhood bars and cafe accompanying himself on the guitar to the delight…an early break came when he was invited to sing on the highly popular “La Famosa Matinee de Juan Manuel” on Radio Mitre…in 1945 the journalist Carmelo Santiago heard him sing and recommended him to the orchestra leader Domingo Federico; it is for Federico that he made his first recording, “Pasaje de Mi Vida”…along with the great pianist Osvaldo Manzi he formed an orchestra in which he and the legendary Roberto Ray were the vocalists; they were immensely successful on Radio Blegrano…In the 40s the renown Carlos Dante left the Alfredo De Angelis Orchestra and violinist Victor Brana recommended Oscar to De Angelis who summoned him for an audition; out of hundreds of candidates he was hired…on April 1, 1951 they debuted on the celebrated Glostora Tango Club; his first recording for De Angelis was “Flores De Fango”….as a composer, he best piece was the waltz “Enganandonos” which was recorded by several Latin American singers

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