Archive for October 19th, 2011


 The lyrics of  “La Abandonè Y No Sabia” are in effect a tango within a tango; a story within a story…a man narrates the lyrics of a tango which describe the pain of the love he lost and his hope to see her again someday…both the music and the lyrics were written by Jose Canet….Jose had fallen in love with the guitar at age 12 when he heard Ignacio Corsini sing on the radio…Piero Hugo Fontana, his friend and fishing partner, would grow up to become the renown singer Hugo Del Carril…Jose Canet  grew up in the neighborhood of La Paternal, Buenos Aires…at the age of 18 he had his first professional gig when he was asked to join the group that backed up singer Santiago Devin…he was then recruited for the Radio Stentor staff to back up Fernando Diaz and Dorita Davis…one evening, after a radio performance he happened to meet singer Alberto Gomez with whom he would tour throughout South America…it is on one of those tours that he composed his most famous tango “La Abandonè y No Sabia” in 1943 in Santigo Chile


The legendary Troilo said of Oscar Alonso, “after Gardel, he was the best tango singer; of this there is no doubt”…born in the country side, his father was a herdsman who, interestingly was cited by name by Ricardo Guiraldes in his novel  ”Don Segundo Sombra”…when Oscar was 14 the father moved the family to Buenos Aires…two years later he had his first singing job at a  busy cafe where, a customer would recall years later, his first tango had been “La Ultima Copa”…In 1929, through a loyal customer, he got his first break when he was invited to sing at radio station “La Voz del Aire”…doors opened for him including a stint at the legendary Cafe Nacional where it is said that Gardel performing at a theater next door, upon hearing him sing, predicted a good future for the young man…his career however was to be uneven, there were periods when he would disappear; perhaps it was the ready glass of whiskey in hand…on a long tour of Latin America, he discovered aspecial love for Cuba about which, in his waining years, he loved to tell tales.