Archive for September 2nd, 2011


His grandfather had been the ill-fated Uruguayan General Cesar Diaz who had led a failed revolution in 1858 and for which he was summarily executed…his father, a postal employee,  was instead a gentle man who loved music and who took his son Fernando Diaz to see the famous singing cowboys, the “payadores”…it is through them that Fernando began to love music and singing…his mother, an accomplished piano player, encouraged him and was his first teacher…with a friend he formed a duo and began to make a name for himself playing in the neighborhood bars and cafes…his first break came at the age of 23 when he was hired to sing with with a theater group at the Teatro Opera; he then progressed to highly popular performances on Radio Belgrano


His first important recording, “No Tenes Perdon De Dios” with Juan Maglio “Pacho” occurred in 1930…although he made two recordings with Carlos Di Sarli, he best period was undoubtedly with the dynamic Neopolitan Francisco Lomuto and his Orchestra; out of 180 numbers that he recorded in his brief career, 170 were with Lomuto…he performed in musical comedies including “La Vuelta De Miss Paris” where he debuted one of his hits,  “Aunque Parezca Mentira”…with the renown Adolfo Carabelli’s “Orchestra Typica Victor” he recorded “Humillacion” and “El Beso De Manuelita” with lyrics by Hector Blomberg…with a different stage name he sang with the Eddie Kay Jazz Group with which he recorded the waltz “Noche De Boda”…but the precarious artistic life was, in the end too much to handle and still young and already famous, he suddenly decided to give it all up to pursue business opportunities and consequently his substantial talent and contributions have largely been forgotten