1970, October 14 – RUFFINO RECORDS, “AMOR DE PAYASO”

The clown as a tragic hero  goes back to Aristophanes in ancient Greece…in modern times the clown has been used by many writers most notably Shakespeare but perhaps the best know clown is “Canio”  from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” who laughs on the outside but crys on the inside when he sings the immortal “Vesti La Giubba”….this was precisely the theme of “Amore De Payaso” whose lyrics and music were composed by Antonio Sureda…The lyrics speak of a clown who laughs as he performs but when he returns to his dressing room he crys desperately for the woman who left him…the next day he is found dead near a letter and the picture of his beloved…Antonio Sureda who died young (age 47) under mysterious circumstances, was a prolific composer of beloved tangos like “Valsecita De Antes” with lyrics by Homero Manzi which was a major hit for Juan D’arienzo and “Botellero” recorded by Libertad Lamarque in 1926…Enrique Santos Discepolo resorted to the clown metaphor in his classic “Soy Un Arlequin” which was a hit for Alberto Gomez in 1929

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This was another successful record for singer Roberto Ruffino…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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