1943, September 7 – RUFFINO RECORDS “TRISTEZA MARINA”

“Brother sea, I am a lonely prisoner in your immensity” recounts a sailor in the lyrics to “Tristeza Marina”…he remembers Margot’s last words, her ultimatum, “you have to choose between the sea or my love”…he says no, she turns and leaves him…he continues, “my sorrow is a tempest, a ferocious wind of pain; I shall never forget her”…these words were penned by the prolific and inimitable lyricist Horacio Sanguinetti who, in his work, often referred to the sea….Horacio was a very private and complex person and, although his name appears on some of the most beloved tangos in history, very little is know about his life other than having died mysteriously at the age of 43 in Montevideo, Uruguay…not even a photograph of his has survived

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This was another major hit for singer Roberto Ruffino who the previous year had sealed his fame with “Decime Que Paso”…with his major hit “Alma Mia” at the age of 18 he had begun earning sums of money he had never dreamed of…born in the mythical neighborhood of El Abasto, Buenos Aires, he began singing in the Cafe O’Rondeman, the same one that launched Carlos Gardel…his major break came in 1938 when Carlos Garay, the agent for Carlos Di Sarli, happened to hear Ruffino singing and recommended him to Di Sarli..his first recording with Di Sarli, “Corazon” with lyrics by Hector Marcò was a major success…In 1944 he launched a solo career debuting on Radio Belgrano where he was backed by his own orchestra directed by the respected Atilo Bruni…he had brief stints with the  FranciniPontier, Miguel Calo and Anibal Troilo orchestras…he was also an accomplished composer and lyricist of popular tangos like Sonemos which was recorded by Hugo Duval with the Rodolfo Biagi orchestra and “El Bazar de Los Jugetes” which was recorded by Alberto Podestà with the Miguel Calò orchestra.

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