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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