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1910, November 2 – BIRTH OF ALFREDO DE ANGELIS

Leader, Pianist, Composer (Scorpio) – out of hundreds of orchestras competing in the 40s, that of Alfredo De Angelis with his popular compositions and his ability to discover good singers would be one of the few to see great commercial success…among its various successful singers, Carlos Dante was to become its signature vocalist…there were those who accused it of being solely a dance orchestra but De Angelis was also innovative as with his dual singer teams like that of Dante – Martel who were to have notable hits like “La Pastora” and “Flores Del Alma” and “Con Alma De Tango”

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Alfredo De Angelis was born in the neighborhood of Adroque, Buenos Aires…early on he impressed his parents with his musical abilities…..the talent of the young man impressed noted singer Juan Gilberti who gave him his first job as an accompanist….his first break came when he was invited to play in the orchestra of Anselmo Aieta which led to gigs in other important orchestras…on march 20, 1941 he debuted with his own orchestra at the Cafe Marzotto…that was followed by an invitation to perform on legendary radio program, Glostora Tango Club…on July 23, 1934 he recorded for the first time for the Odeon Label, an association which was to continue for 34 productive  years

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1925, October 16 – LINNIG’S LAST BET

Poet – he was rushed to the hospital with a scorching fever and was lying on the bed surrounded by friends, when suddenly he smiled, looked up, pointed to the number 13 on the door and said “I have to bet on that”…it was however to be his last bet for minutes later, at the age of 37 he passed away…Samuel Linnig, born on June 12, 1888 (Gemini)  in Montevideo, Uruguay to a Belgian merchant and a Basque mother was a playwrite and theater critic for the prestigious magazine “Nosotros” …his passion and his ruination was to be gambling…he would be, in part, the inspiration thirty years later for “Lorenzo” in the classic film “Mercado de Abasto”

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After the staging of a particularly bad play of his which had been roundly booed and hissed, he came on stage and addressed the audience, “I thank those who applaud and I regard as imbeciles those who whistled at me” …that evening he fled from the theater hidden behind a false beard which prevented the public who were waiting for him outside to identify him….he  was immaculate in his attire and manner, always sporting a cane and white gloves but particularly proud of demonstrating his command of the argot spoken by prostitutes…unfortunately gambling ruined most things in his life and he would have passed away forgotten except for one thing,  he wrote the tango “Milonguita” to the music of Enrique Francini…it was an instant hit and its world-wide, unceasing popularity from the day it premiere on May 12, 1920 at the Teatro Opera rendered his name immortal.

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1916, October 15 – BIRTH OF RAUL IRIARTE

Singer – (Libra) – At the peak of his popularity in the 1950s, his voice was the most requested in latin america second only to that of Carlos Gardel…he was born in the neighborhood of Barracas, Buenos Aires where already as a child he showed a love for singing…his first break came when he was featured on Radio Prieto at the age of 17 where his smooth baritone voice garnered him immediate public acclaim…other invitations soon followed; in 1938 he was recruited into Mario Azerboni Orchestra

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The seminal event in his career occurred however, when  the noted composer and lyricist Oscar Rubens suggested his name to Miguel Calo who was looking for a singer for his orchestra; on May 17, 1943 he hired him and indeed it was his pairing with Calo which would groom his greatness….with Calò, he cut his first record, an Oscar Rubens creation, “Es enVano Llorar” (it is in vain to cry) which became an overnight hit….soon after, two other hits followed with “Manana Ire Temprano” and “Cada Dia Te Estrano Mas…In 1950 he made his first, highly successful tour of Latin America but it was performances in Mexico in 1956 with its delirious crowds which would render him a legend…In 1977 he quit singing to devote himself to a large restaurant he had bought in Bogotá Colombia and it is there that, following a courageous battle with a long illness, that he finally succumbed just short of his 66th birthday.

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1924, September 26 – BIRTH OF LAGRIMA RIOS

Singer (Libra) – of mixed african descent, she was born to very humble surroundings  in Durazno, Uruguay…as a child she and her mother moved to “Barrio Sur”, Montevideo the legendary black neighborhood home also to two other pioneers of tango Modesto Ocampo and Carlos Olmedo…Lagrima would recall, as a child, having met Carlos Gardel in his celebrated visit there…for her entire life, through worldwide travels, she remained faithfully tethered to her candombe neighborhood…

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She started singing at the age of 18 performing folk songs and tangos…in 1945 her first break came when she was invited to join the famous Alberto Mastra Trio…a series of kudos and awards  followed, culminating in important contracts for radio and night clubs…in 1960 she formed an a capella negro spiritual group “Brindis de Sala” which had great success for 10 years…critically acclaimed television appearances and european tours followed where she was especially active in anti racism campaigns…among her various personal tragedies, was an estrangement for many years from a beloved son, born out-of-wedlock, who had emigrated to Sweden

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