1927, September 9 – 1st RECORDED “ADIOS MUCHACHOS”

Julio Cesar Sanders, composer of  “Adios Muchachos”,  had been in a cafe with a group of dear friends for a wonderful evening of bonding…at the end of the evening , they lingered in the crisp air outside talking for a few minutes and as they finally separated one of them backhandedly said. “Adios Muchachos” (goodbye boys)…it was precisely that moment which inspired Sanders to compose one of the most beloved pieces of music in history…a friend, Cesar Vedani, would add the lyrics…originally it was intended as a playful hym for the group of close-knit friends but one evening they happened to play it in public and were astounded at the reception…it was very quickly recorded by a number of singers and orchestras totaling more than 1,500 recordings within the first few months…in history it is estimated that 25,000 recordings have been made in numerous languages…”Adios Muchachos” has been featured in over 22 films…in England it was recorded under the name “Paul The Dreamer”…..a 1931 a version in the United States which tried to follow the original text was called “Farewell Companions” but it was the Louis Armstrong version “I Got Ideas” in the 1950s which made “Adios Muchachos” an international hit…he also made an international hit to another tango classic El Choclo, recording it as “Kiss of Fire”

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Interestingly, a superstition developed around “Adios Muchachos” that anyone who sang it, would lose his job five days later and to this day, singers in Buenos Aires are loath to sing it… .it was featured on the soundtrack of the movies “Scent of a Woman” (1992) and“Scoop” (Woody Allen,  2006) and “Full Monty” in 1997 and it  is the title of an Argentine film which premiered in 1954 Argentinean film …Agustin Magaldi who first recorded “Adios Muchachos” was more of a folk singer,  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

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