Archive for August 25th, 2011


Oscar Aleman, composer of “Guitarra Que Llora”, was one of the greatest entertainers which Argentina has ever produced…his complex talents; guitarist, singer dancer, entertainer made him a bit Chuck Berry, Sammy Davis Jr. and even Eddie Cantor…although in his career he became a world renown jazz musician he made substantial contributions in tango….he was born to an African Argentine father and a Toba indian mother…the Tobas were a proud, fierce, hunter gatherer native group which inhabited  parts of what today in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay….Oscar’s father was a musician whose group consisted of himself and part of his seven children; Oscar was six years old when he began performing in public….while working in Brasil, Oscar’s father committed suicide sending the family into deep crisis….but Oscar was a musical prodigy and self-taught in the guitar; his career would take him to Europe where he remained fot 10 years working with the legendary Josephine Baker who was a singer, dancer and World War II spy…Oscar eventually learned to sing in six languages


Although more of a folk singer, Agustin Magaldi was immensely popular especially with the more humble country audiences…brought up in an italian immigrant family with a strong tradition in opera, he started his career as an opera singer…he was born in the city of Casilda in the province of Santa Fe…in 1923 he moved to Buenos Aires to begin a career as a folk and tango singer helped along the way by Rosita Quiroga…he was the “estribillista” singer in the recording studio for the Donato-Zerillo  and Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestras…for 10 years he and Pedro Noda formed a renown and highly popular duo but in 1935 Magaldi launched a solo career…his most successful song was a Russian ballad, “Nieve” which was highly requested on Radio Belgrano



Singing before Edward of Windsor, the Prince of Wales was the first time that Carlos Gardel would sing without the presence of his partner Jose Razzano who had come down with a sore throat…the duo were on a European tour which had begun two years earlier….the bohemian Princess Edward liked tango; this was but one of the disappointments of his father King George V; a few years earlier, George’s cousin Kaiser Wilhelm II had banned tango calling it “a child of the curbstone”…. along with Edward’s failure to settle down in life and disgusted by his many affairs with married women, King George was reluctant to see Edward inherit the Crown, …it was one of those married lovers Lady Thelma Furness who would introduce him to the twice divorced  Wallis Simpson… her domineering manner and abrasive irreverence toward his position ensnared him; in the words of his official biographer, he became “slavishly dependent” on her…


Eventually Edward ascended the throne becoming King Edward VIII for just a few months before abdicating to marry Wallis Simpson; he was to proclaim, “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility, and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love.”…many rumors were born about Wallis; that she understood the passions of men and what it took to seduce when seduction was was said that it was in the orient where she was alleged to have learned dark sexual arts in brothels; one of her lovers said making love to Wallis was like going to bed with a drunk sailor…both Princes Edward and Wallis Simpson were Nazi sympathizers and there was the famous high-profile meeting with Adolf Hitler…in fact the owner of the villa Chateau de Candè where they were married, Charles Bedaux, actively worked for the Nazi’s during world war II…he committed suicide in a Miami jail awaiting trial for treason…the story of Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson inspired a popular tango in Poland, “When a King Has Fallen In Love” which was recorded in 1937