He was a tough Steve McQueen type hollywood character…having grown up on the streets of Quirguinchos, in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina he was prone to settle arguments with his fists…with his low hoarse voice and his love of women, race cars and whiskey on the rocks he cut quite a figure and yet he lived with his mother and ironed his own pants…he dropped out of school to work in a series of menial jobs but he loved to sing…prodded by friends, he began singing in local bars and cafes where to his astonishment he was rewarded and encouraged by the patrons…at age 17 he made his debut in the city of Rosario with the Quarteto Los Ases (Aces Quartet) but his big break came when he was recruited by the Raul Bianchi Orchestra with whom he made his first recording “Te Presenti”…his best years however were with the Jose Basso Orchestra with whom he recorded “Recordandote” on September 27, 1957…


He would later also sing with Osvaldo Pugliese and Alfredo De Angelis…”Recordandote” was composed by the ill-fated guitarist Guillermo Barbieri….Barbieri first met Carlos Gardel at a party to celebrate the victory of a race horse which led to an invitation to be part of his back up group…half of his compositions were recorded by Gardel including “Viejo Smoking” and “Cruz De Palo”, “Rosas De Otono”, “Anclao En Paris”…on January 12, 1935 he boarded the ship “Panamerican” to join Gardel not realizing that it was to be his last; he would perish at the age of 41 with Gardel in the tragic airplane crash in Medellin just a few months later…the lyrics to “Recordandote” were written by Jose De Grandis about whom little is known other than he died young at age 44…he was a violinist who worked with a number of singers including Roberto Goyeneche…he is best known for the tango “Amurado” which was recorded by Pedro Maffia and Pedro Laurenz


  1. Howdy! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
    shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal
    with the same topics? Thanks!

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: