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1896, August 3 – BIRTH OF CELEDONIO FLORES

The fascist like overthrow on June 4, 1943 of the elected government did not augur well for poet Celedonio Flores…the dictatorship’s censors, in a misguided attempt to raise the moral level of Argentine society, began to prohibit precisely the kind of language he used to describe the tough underworld which he was familiar with…Celedonio Flores, of mixed african descent, was born in the neighborhood of Villa Crespo to a poor and sometimes violent family…he was restless in school and was often in trouble and so he quit to seek his fortune in the outer world…he worked at a number of odd jobs including having been a boxer…in the evenings, he led a wild, bohemian life among Buenos Aires’s clubs, cafes and houses of prostitution…it is in this dark underworld that he crossed paths with life’s tragic stories which would be the themes of his tangos…in 1920 he happened to send a simple poem entitled “Ultima Ora” to a newspaper which to his surprise was published and for which he was given five  pesos…that might have been the end of it had not Carlos Gardel happen to read the poem and created the tango “Margo” from it…

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Carlos Gardel would go on to record twenty-one of his tangos in the process making Celedonio a famous poet and financially secure…for a number of years he wrote exclusively for the legendary Rosita Quiroga who was the incarnation of the characters he spoke about in his lyrics…Rosita  recited her tangos as she strummed her guitar not averse to using the slang and vulgar language she heard on the streets of her neighborhood of La Boca; the same one where her neighbor and teacher Juan De Dios Filiberto lived in…Celedonio Flores wrote many successful tangos like “Viejo Smoking” which was a great hit for Carlos Gardel in 1930 and “Mano A Mano” which would be a great hit for Julio Sosa 30 years later…in an interview Celedonio Flores was to say about his work, “I search for an piece of life, I live it personally in my mind, and slowly and carefully I begin to craft it with words”…Celedonio would attain much success in life but he would die embittered at the relatively young age of 51…Robert Farris Thompson in his celebrated book “Tango, The Art History of Love” called Celedonio Flores, “the poet laureate of the people”

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1999, June 4 – TODO TANGO IS LAUNCHED !

Very early in life his father noticed two qualities in young Ricardo, his attraction to music and his steely determination in his youthful pursuits…little did he suspect that one day, Ricardo would use those qualities to create the world’s largest and most comprehensive tango portal in history, Todo Tango…with its data center in San Antonio, Texas, it has 200,000 registered users it and boasts over 14,000 page views per day, 5000 daily visitors and  50,000 unique web sites linking to it…it’s content is indeed mind boggling; it lists in alphabetical order biographies on singers, musicians, lyricists and dancers…it contains musical scores of history’s most renown tangos, lyrics, downloadable music, unique historical articles, interviews with some of tangos legends, forums and a special section devoted to Carlos Gardel…Ricardo Garcia Blaya grew up in the Liniers neighborhood of Buenos Aires in a home full of music jazz, American pop, classical, opera and of course tango…

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While the other teenage boys were part of Beatles mania, young Ricardo Garcia Blaya was passionate about Julio Sosa…in the evenings he and his brother Carlos would join their father around the radio to listen to the Alfredo De  Angelis orchestra on Radio Mundo’s legendary Glostora Tango Club…as young boys, their nanny would put them to sleep to the music of tango on the radio and he remembers with particular nostalgia, renown vocalist  Hector Varela on Radio Belgrano….Ricardo went on to attend the University of Buenos Aires and then law school graduating finally as a board certified attorney…along the way, like the legendary Enrique Santos Discepolo, one of his personal heroes, he became involved in Peronist Party politics in his beloved Argentina…but his passion was always tango; his personal collection of tango recordings numbered over 40,000 recordings…with his friend Nestor Pinson he conducted the celebrated radio show “Siempre El Tango” on Radio Nacional specializing in tango music from the 20s and 30s

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