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1920, March 13 – BIRTH OF HECTOR MAURE

Singer, Composer (Pisces) – he was only thirty-five years old and his career in full bloom when two tragedies occurred; the first, the fall of the government of Juan Peron on September 19, 1954…tango was populist and the Peron regime was a populist one and consequently Hector Maure, like most tango artists, found himself blacklisted from radio stations; interestingly it had been Juan Peron himself who had nationalized most of the radio stations…the second event was that tango was beginning to pass out of fashion…to hasten this, the new regime, comprised of members of the upper middle class whose innate classicist instincts saw tango as undesirable, enforced curfew laws only in tango clubs thus helping to usher in the new rock and roll culture…still the Forastieri brothers fought hard to keep the tango candle flame from being snuffed out and they valiantly kept their tango club “El Rincon de Los Artistas” going…here Hector would perform for ten years until May 9, 1976; three days later he would die unexpectedly from a massive heart attack

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Hector Maure was born in the neighborhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires to a struggling Italian immigrant father and a mother from Lugo, Galicia Spain…he had to quit school early to help support the family…as a boy he loved to sing but his big dream was to become a boxing champion…in a key fight which could launch his career and which he was expected to win, he was severely injured and he was told that he could no longer fight; it is at this point that he decided to devote himself to singing…at the age of eighteen he reluctantly entered the renown Puloil Soap singing contest on Radio Belgrano and to his surprize, out of hundreds of candidates, he was selected the winner by the public at large…his career took off from there; he eventually would become the vocalist for the Juan D’arienzo Orchestra; one of the most successful of the day…he would later embark on a busy solo career…his most successful  composition was “Oro Y Diamantes” which was recorded by the Juan D’arienzo Orchestra

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1940, December 12 – HECTOR MAURE’S 1ST RECORDING !

He dreamed of being a boxing champion and one particular evening’s match was especially  important in his promising career which everyone was whispering about but in the seventh round, a hard right which seemed to come out of nowhere, sent him to the canvass for the ten count….within a few days he received  some hard news, he was seriously injured and would not be able to box again; it is then that he decided to devote himself exclusively to singing…Hector Maurè was born on March 13, 1920 (Pisces) in the neighborhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires to a struggling Italian immigrant father and a mother from Lugo, Galicia…he had to quit school early to work to help the family make ends meet..his boxing dreams now spent, he began singing in neighborhood family celebrations and festivals…one day, encouraged by friends and not at all sure of himself, he made his debut at the Cafe Rio De La Plata where to his surprise and delight the public liked him and he got a contract for three months…other temporary gigs were to follow

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The following year he had his first break when Anselmo Aieta asked him to sing part-time with his orchesta…that same year he entered the celebrated Puloil Soap Tango Contest on Radio Belgrano…out of 5000 applicants, 10 finalists were chosen whose final test was a radio performance…Hector sang two tangos “Lo Han Visto Con Otra” and “Confesion”; by vote of the public he was finally declared the winner…his award was a six month contract and 500 pesos a month; quite a substantial sum in those days…another milestone occurred when he was one of several candidates for the then marquee orchestra of Juan D’arienzo and eventually he was selected…it is indeed with the Juan D’arienzo orchestra that he made his first recording “Flor De Mal” composed by Juan Carlos Gravis; he was to make a total of 293 recordings in his career…..on January 1, 1945 he began his career as a soloist singing on Radio Belgrano with his own orchestra..his success was breathtaking; he was in constant demand in Buenos Aires and Uruguay and even made a trip to France…he had indeed come a long way from the young promising boxer whose career had been destroyed by a hard right in the seventh round that had out of nowehere…..one evening in 1976, at his home, in the midst of a career branching on several fronts, he suddenly and unexpectedly had a heart attack and passed away; he was 56 years old.

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  • CLICK HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ngqqVC18tM to hear Hector Maurè sing “Dime Mi Amor” (Tell me my love) composed by Rodolfo Sciamarella with lyrics by Manuel Romero which was a hit for both him and the Juan D’arienzo Orchestra

1900, May 25 – BIRTH OF ANGEL D’AGOSTINO

Leader, Pianist (Gemini) – “Yes I promise” said Enrique Cadicamo solemnly to Angel D’agostino; the two had made a pact to never betray their friendship by marrying…nevertheless, Cadicamo would marry at the age of fifty to a twenty-two year old girl and Angel D’agostino would never speak to him again…Angel D’agostino would live to the age of ninety-one, still a bachelor surrounded by friends and the memories of many women; his friend Cadicamo would also live a long life, passing away at the age of ninety nine…Angel D’agostino would seal his immortality during the six years he formed a team with singer Angel Vargas; “los dos angelos” (the two angels they were called)… they would record ninety-three tangos together including, “A Pan Y Agua“, “Mano Blanca” , “Adios Arrabal”…Angel D’agostino was one of the few musicians who was a dancer and he was to say, “I love dancing and am a miloguerno, I was a good dancer and I played to accompany the best ones”

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Angel D’agostino was born in the neighborhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires to an Italian immigrant family of musicians…he remembered that as a boy, the piano in his house never stopped playing…his father was his first teacher and later he entered the conservatory…as a child he began to play in public with another boy who would one day be a legend of tango, Juan D’arienzo…he quit school early to devote himself to his career; at the age of twenty he organized his first orchestra to play tango and jazz at the famous Palais de Glace…his orchestra gave young Anibal Troilo and Alberto Echague and Ismael Spitalnik their first professional breaks…a skilled gambler, he played poker at the Club de Progresso where high society people frequented …in 1932 he met Angel Vargas but is wasn’t until eight years later that they formed their legendary team which debuted on Radio El Mundo; one of their ardent fans was Eva Peron.

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