1938, September 3 – ROBERTO RAY RECORDS “MEDIA VIDA”

The lyrics of “Media Vida” are a retrospective of a long life lived…it says “life has left its scars on my soul…I have seen it in the sad eyes of others…so much has changed and I am no longer the woman that I was”…the author of those lyrics  Enrique Dizeo was the son of poor Italian immigrants…he left school early and walked the streets surviving on occasional odd jobs but while carousing the bars and horse racing stadiums, he discovered a love of poetry and writing…with his first tango “Romantico Bulincito” he began to discover notoriety and to his astonishment, a source of income…he later came to the attention of Carlos Gardel who recorded some of his tangos and encouraged his career…he lived and died alone; his last relationship of 20 years had finally progressed to the marriage stage and in the end, it all sadly fell apart…a recluse, he devoted himself in his simple house to writing tangos until the end of a long life…his soul continues to live in the many popular tangos which today bear his poetry…

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It was recorded by the legendary combination of Osvaldo Fresedo and the voice of Roberto Ray…unlike the overwhelming majority of tango greats, Osvaldo Fresedo came from a rich aristocratic family and there were heated battles with his father who had envisioned much more austere careers for his son…in fact Osvaldo Fresedo’s music appealed to that part of the upper class that dared to admit that they loved tango…he was so popular that he kept several orchestras going simultaneously and Osvaldo would go from club to club to appear with each group for a few minutes before making his presentation at another venue…Roberto Ray with his refined, sensitive style was perfect for the Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestra and in fact they would work together for 30 years…Roberto Ray was born on December 21, 1912 (Sagittarius) in the neighborhood of San Cristobal, Buenos Aires…he started with Osvaldo Fresedo in 1931 and together they would create tangos that have never been out of popularity; hits like the legendary “Vida Mia”, “Niebla de Riachuelo” and “Recuerdo de Bohemia”

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