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1955, October 4 – OSCAR LARROCA RECORDS “SANGRE MALEVA”

The lyrics of “Sangre Malevo” speak of a lefty named Cruz Medina, a brave, tough guy, a proverbial anti-hero with nothing bur his pride and honor who one day in the neighborhood of Avellaneda, in a street fight, is shot three times…he declares to the police that a real man is no snitch and even breathing his last breath he will not reveal who has his adversary has been…the lyrics were written by the prolific Juan Velich who in collaboration with his daughter Hermina wrote and composed many tangos…Juan Velich was born in Santa Fe and in Buenos Aires he tried he luck in a number of professions including guitar player, singer, actor and even a stint in the circus as a general handyman…he is credited with having created the first radio theater company which he did for Radio Cultura…he was the lyricist for a number of hits including the classic “Rodriguez Pena” which was recorded by Alberto Gomez with the Adolfo Carabelli Orchestra…he collaborated on successful projects with Carlos Gardel and Juan De Dios Filiberto…Sangre Malevo was one of his greatest hits and has been recorded by many artists

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Still barely a teenager, Oscar Larroca began singing  in the neighborhood bars and cafe accompanying himself on the guitar…an early break came when he was invited to sing on the highly popular “La Famosa Matinee de Juan Manuel” on Radio Mitre…in 1945 the journalist Carmelo Santiago heard him sing and recommended him to the orchestra leader Domingo Federico; it is for Federico that he made his first recording, “Pasaje de Mi Vida”…along with the great pianist Osvaldo Manzi he formed an orchestra in which he and the legendary Roberto Ray were the vocalists; they were immensely successful on Radio Blegrano…In the 40s the renown Carlos Dante left the Alfredo De Angelis Orchestra and violinist Victor Brana recommended Oscar to De Angelis who summoned him for an audition; out of hundreds of candidates he was hired…on April 1, 1951 they debuted on the celebrated Glostora Tango Club; his first recording for De Angelis was “Flores De Fango”….as a composer, he best piece was the waltz “Enganandonos” which was recorded by several Latin American singers

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1952, May 9 – BIRTH OF ADRIANA VARELA

Singer (Taurus) – her first performance as a headliner at the Cafe Homero was a disaster; as she sang she was extremely nervous and she dare not look at anyone…the legendary Roberto Goyeneche “El Polaco”, sitting alone at the bar had not even bothered to turn to look at her….all of a sudden he turned and signaled her to approach him; she was mortified and had already started to apologize to him for her performance when he said, “kid, I am going to tell you something, I don’t like women tango singers but you grabbed my soul”…he would become her mentor and she would become the best-selling and the best known tango singer of a generation and undoubtedly one of the best of all time….her extensive fan base would include young people between the ages of 30 – 45 who are not particularly lovers of tango; in this respect, her career resembled that of Julio Sosa…ironically she came to tango late in life; she was originally a rock singer and then the intermission singer at the Cafe Homero on weekdays…one day, one of the main acts on weekends was absent and she was told that she had to substitute; she was terrified

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In 1991 she recorded her first disk, a compilation called “Tango” which made people take notice; she was almost forty years old…two years later she recorded “Maquillaje” with guest singer Roberto Goyeneche for which she was awarded the coveted “Premio Ace”…in 2001 she released “Mas Tango” for which she won the prestigious “Premio Carlos Gardel”..several other albums followed one always more successful than the other…she would eventually conquer audiences all over the world; in Barcelona her delirious fans demanded several encores and applauded for a long time…..she feels that she has realized her parents unspoken dreams; the kind she now has her own two children…“dreams”, she says “are the only thing that saves you from insanity”…in 1991 she appeared in two films “Al Corazon” directed by Mario Sabato and “Plata Quemada” directed by Marcelo Pineyro…Carlos Saura opened his academy award nominated film “Tango” with her singing…she was born in the neighborhood of Avellandea in Buenos Aires and attended an all girls catholic school…as an eighteen year old she became active in politics participating in the communist youth movement and later the Peronist movement…in an interview she was asked what she would say to her beloved mentor “El Polaco” if he were to come back, “Polaco, don’t leave me”, she answered

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