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1947, September 15 – CARLOS ROLDAN RECORDS “YO SOLO SE”

Success was intoxicating…boehmian nights, adoring women, alcohol; it would lead to his premature death…at the age of 19 Carlos Roldan took part in the Westinghouse Radio Station singing contest and while he did not win, it got him noticed by the right people…he began a series of appearances with orchestras in Montevideo…fortified with funds from a fundraiser held by friends and fans, he made the big move to Buenso Aires where he began with a round of appearance on radio stations culminating in a contract to do a series of shows based on Homero Manzi lyrics on Radio Belgrano…he later did a celebrated concert in duet with Mercedes Simone backed by the Pedro Maffia Orchestra….he would eventually join the legendary orchestras of Roberto Firpo and Francisco Canaro

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Early on Carlos Roldan’s parents realized that their son had a unique talent for singing and encouraged him…while still only in his early teens he found himself terrified on stage singing with the renown Americo Pioli Orchestra in his native Montevideo…Carlos Roldan was the first to record the milonga “Se Dice De Mi” on May 19, 1943 which was composed by Francisco Canaro….it was only moderately successful and then forgotten until twelve years later when Tita Merello sang it in Luca Demare’s classic film“El Mercado Del Abasto” which premiered in 1955…not only was it a huge success but she would be stronly identified with it her for the rest of tango history…on September 15, 1947 he recorded “Yo Solo Se” (only I know)

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1984, September 14 – ROSITA QUIROGA RECORDS LAST TANGO

As an awe-inspiring physician and renaissance man, Dr. Luis Alposta is reminiscent of polymath, Englishman  Johnathon Miller…besides being a OBGYN specialist, Luis is also a poet, an author, a historian, a tango lyricist and radio presenter…his poems have been translated into several languages and he has authored over 30 books…it was in 1974 that he met Rosita Quiroga and an instant friendship developed…he became her personal physician and wrote the lyrics for the milonga “Campaneando Mi Pasado” which Rosita had composed…Rosita was 88 years old when she recorded it; 32 days later she would pass away…Rosita Quiroga was the first female tango singer in the payador tradition…

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She grew up in a destitute family but in her life she would achieve fame and financial success even though she ended her career at the age of 35; she was not fond of public performances…she learned to play guitar from the legendary Juan De Dios Filiberto who was her neighbor in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires…in her singing, she unashamedly used the slang and the vulgar language she heard in her neighborhood from the dock workers and cart drivers…her first tango was “La Tipa” recorded around 1923…one journalist called her “the Piaf from the outskirts of Buenos Aires”…she continued to make occasional radio appearances; she was the first tango singer to be heard in Japan in 1938; she would return there 32 years later…in 1976 she was cajoled to appear in her only film “El Canto Quenta Su Historia” in which also starred Anibal TroiloTita Merello and Angel D’agostino

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