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VIDEO…Objection Tango was written and composed by Colombian pop star Shakira for her 2001 breakthrough English album “Laundry Service”…based on the Cumparsita, it is the first song written by Shakira purely in English…it reached #55 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and became a hit on MTV’s TRL peaking at #1 and staying on the countdown for 45 days…Shakira (born February 2, 1977, Aquarius) she is the only artist from South America to reach the number-one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100


The music video opens with Shakira and her ex-lover doing a tango…when the tango stops, he leaves, the music picks up, and Shakira begins dancing…Shakira goes to a club where she finds her ex-lover and his new girlfriend, played by porn star Tabitha animated sequence begins in which Shakira pokes holes in the new girlfriend’s breast implants and knocks her ex-boyfriend through a window into another room…interestingly, the bandoneon, on the off-beat, turns into an accordion.


1933, October 5 – PREMIERE OF “ESPERAME”

Film – “Esperame” (wait for me) directed by French director Luis Gasnier, premiered on this date at the Cine Real in Buenos Aires…it was filmed at Paramount Studios in Jollyville France…the script for the film was written by Alfredo Le Pera and the music was composed by Carlos Gardel, Don Aspiazu, and Marcel Lattes …(Marcel Lattes, French pianist and composer, would eventually die in Auschwitz)


Rosario, played by Spanish dancer Goyita Herrero is in love with Carlos de Acuna, played by Carlos Gardel but her father has chosen someone else for her…Carlos de Acuna is a singer in a cafe in a town somewhere in Spain; Rosario is herself a singer and a dancer…After many vicissitudes,  a key witness reveals to the father the unscrupulous nature of the man he had chosen and Rosita and Carlos are blissfully united…in the final scene, Gardel and Goyita charm the audience by singing together the rumba “Por Tus Ojos Negros”


1917, September 28 – Premiere of “FLOR DE DURAZNO”

Film – based on Hugo Wast’s 3rd novel, this silent film, at the age of 27, was Carlos Gardel’s first film…he did not like it; he said “I am a singer not an actor”…in fact he leaves the set at Villa Dolores, Cordoba  in total disgust to return to Buenos Aires….the director himself, Francisco Defilipis Novoa, intercedes him at the train station and bargains with him to return…he did not look well on the film; he appeared highly overweight and in fact he did not receive good reviews….


In the film, Gardel plays “Fabian” whose girlfriend “Rina” is seduced and abandoned with child by a German while he is away in Buenos Aires…in time, Fabian forgives Rina and they marry but the untimely death of the child surfaces old wounds concluding eventually, in a tragic ending for all….the film was screened500 times and established Wast (a notorious anti-Semite)  as a major writer.



Film – premiered at the Capitol Cinema in Buenos Aires… filmed at Paramount studios in Joinville France it was directed by Chilean, Aldequi Millar and written by Manuel Romero and Luis Bayon Herrera…,…it was Carlos Gardel’s (born 11 December 1887, Sagittarius) first talking picture and the one that propelled him to global stardom…


When his car breaks down somewhere in the countryside of Argentina, a theatrical impresario seeks shelter in a nearby farmhouse…overhearing a girl,  Elvira, singing, the impresario convinces her to come to Buenos Aires to become a star… her boyfriend Anselmo played by Gardel is heartbroken…with a group of friends he goes to Buenos Aires; they find her at a party of questionable morality…disilussioned and hurt Anselmo repairs to a cafe where he sings the hit “Tomo y Oblio” (I drink and forget)…finally they resort to an ingenious stratagem to abduct Elvira and take herback to the countryside… there is a happy ending.


  • CLICK HERE to see a clip of the film where Gardel sings “Tomo y Oblio” …at the time Gardel was upset as, due to scheduling difficulties, he had to sing it without rehearsal….the song was written by Gardel with lyrics by Manuel Romero

1936, September 10 – premiere of “RADIO BAR”

Film – written and directed by Manuel Romero, is a comedy set in a radio studio and a night club satirizing radio sponsors… the film was conceived as a vehicle for catapulting singer Alberto Vila  into Gardelian like, international success (who left show business at the height of a successful career to become a businessman)


Romero (born Sept 21, 1891 Virgo), son of impoverished Andalusian immigrants and  known for his bad temper and a serious gambling vice, produced around 53 tango films…he began as a teenage journalist and went on to become a highly successful tango lyricist and a playwriter producing around 180 plays…he wrote and shot very quickly to the dismay of his critics but his audience loved his films where they could finally see the people they heard on radio


1934, September 5 – premiere “CUESTA ABAJO”

Film – shot at Paramount studios in Long Island, New York, it premiered at the Cine Monumental in Buenos Aires…directed by Parisian director Luis Gasnier, the script was written by Alfredo Le Pera with music by Alberto Castellanos. The film was a huge success opening to delirious public applause…it was the best spanish spoken movie produced by Hollywood until then.


Based on a play of the same name by Emilia Pardo Bazan…In the film, Carlos Acosta a student who works at a port cafe dancing for money, quits his studies and forsakes his fiancée Rosita to follow Raquel, a woman who leads him to an immoral life and to his doom.  In time he discovers that Raquel supports another man with the money he gives her. 


1901, September 3 – birth of JOSE BOHR

Singer, Composer, Leader, Pianist, Film Director  (Virgo) – born in Bonn Germany at the age of 1 his father, a veterinarian, moved the family to Constantinople and then to Buenos Aries and finally to Punto Arenas, Chile…he began singing on Radio Cultura accompanying himself on piano…he wrote many tangos but his biggest hit was Cascabellito which he wrote in 1924..incredulous, he received a personal telephone call from Carlos Gardel telling  him that he was recording his tango.


As actor, director and producer he participated in over 50 films in Argentina, Mexico and the United States. On January 14, 1980 on the 50th anniversary of the premiere of his film “Sombras de Gloria”, the Academy of Hollywood awarded him an “Oscar” in recognition for his career. He spent his later years in Denmark with his wife and children and died in Oslo Norway at the age of 93.



Debuted on Radio El Mundo…in the 50s with the passing of the tango mod, it became increasingly difficult for classic orchestras to find work…Two legendary musicians Horacio Salgan and Ubaldo De Lio were surving as a duo at “El Jamaica”, a jazz club, when a chance suggestion united them with another duo of legendary musicians, Enrique Francini and Pedro Laurenz…


Thus was formed (with the later addition of Rafael Ferro) to great acclaim and success, The Quinteto Real whose jazz inlfuence can be seen in its innovative, bold rythms which have so captivated audiences worldwide.


  • CLICK HERE to see them play a Salgan composition “A Fuego Lento” (at a slow burn),  in the film “Tango” directed and directed by Carlos Saura, 1998

1905, August 17 – birth of ADA FALCON

Singer…(Leo)….born in the center of Buenos Aires…rumored to have been the love child of an argentine nobleman…she begins to sing at age five as “La Joyita Argentina” (the little Argentinean jewel)….at age 13 she stars in her first film “El Festin de Los Caranchos”


She becomes immensely rich and famous…conceited, haughty, accused of acting like “an american diva”…suddenly at age of 37 she mysteriously gives up everything  and enters a monastery of tertiary nuns to live in poverty…she never said why but some think that it was because of her tragic love with Francisco Canaro


  • CLICK HERE to hear her sing Ilusion Marina”, c. 1930, written by Antonio Sureda (lyrics by Jeronimo Sureda)