Archive for July 19th, 2011


In lunfard0, the Buenos Aires dialect,  the word “Pato” means “poor”…the lyrics say, “I saw you pass by with a haughty air, your face all made up, in an elegant car with your rich woman…I said “Hi” and you pretended not to know me but I know you and you were poor and you will always be poor…one day that woman will leave you and you will be back to scrounge in our neighborhood !…the music and lyrics were composed by Ramon Collazo who was born in Montevideo in 1901 to a struggling Italian immigrant family…as a composer, he had a number of successes but non more than “Pato” which was also recorded by Carlos Gardel in Spain…Rosita Quiroga was the first female tango singer in the payador tradition…she grew up in a destitute family but in her life she would achieve fame and financial success even though she ended her career at the age of 35; she was not fond of public performances…


She learned to play guitar from the legendary Juan De Dios Filiberto who was her neighbor in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires…in her singing, she unashamedly used the slang and the vulgar language she heard in her neighborhood from the dock workers and cart drivers…her first tango was “La Tipa” recorded around 1923…one journalist called her “the Piaf from the outskirts of Buenos Aires”…she continued to make occasional radio appearances; she was the first tango singer to be heard in Japan in 1938; she would return there 32 years later…in 1976 she was cajoled to appear in her only film “El Canto Quenta Su Historia” in which also starred Anibal Troilo, Tita Merello and Angel D’agostino…in 1984 she made her last recording “Campaneando Mi Pasado” for which she wrote the music; the lyrics were written by Luis Alposta who besides being a noted lyricist was also her personal physician…32 days later she would pass away at the age of 88