In the colorful paper envelope, the boys could feel their heart racing as the appointed moment neared…suddenly, the enveloped burst open to reveal the trio singing surrounded by adoring, beautiful girls…many years later, a frail 70-year-old Martin Podestà would look back on this part of his life as one of sheer happiness; “perhaps I should have had the courage to continue” he would say…at the age of 33 in the midst of a successful career he gave it all up to become a state employee…life as a tango singer, even for the successful ones, was always fraught with uncertainly…the competition was immense and for every tango singer who reached acclaim there were 100 vying for his post….a successful singer could be living a life of plenty one month and starving the next…Martin Podestà  grew up in the neighborhood of Flores with Hugo Del Carril who would one day become a legend in the tango and musical culture of Argentina….with Del Carril and another neighborhood boy, Martin formed a trio…


With unbridled enthusiasm the boys spent long hours practising in a small room to the delight of passersby would stop and enjoy the music….the day finally arrived when they tested their work by serenading a young girl in the neighborhood with the waltz “Trovas”; the response was ecstatic and trio became the pride of Flores…”Trio Paris” was born and debuted to great acclaim on Radio Del Pueblo…at age 22 Martin received his first break when he was recruited by the Pedro Maffia Orchestra with which he toured including a performance at then famous “Casino” at Villa Del Mar in Chile; it was, Martin would recall in his waning years, “an experience beyond his dreams”…with Maffia he made one recording, the waltz by Sebastian Piana and Homero Manzi “Sombras Portenas” …it was used as the theme song for a film by the same name which premiered in 1936…the highlight of his career, however, occurred when he was recruited by the Pedro Laurenz Orchestra with which he recorded four tangos in four months including “La Vida Es Una Milonga” which premiered on September 5, 1941


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