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1937, February 22 – ROBERTO RAY RECORDS “SOLLOZOS”

“A man deceived me” she says humiliated and destroyed…the lyrics of “Sollozos” tell of the pity a man feels for a girl he finds sobbing…he notices a locket round her neck with a man’s picture in it; tenderly he counsels her, “forget your past, if he shed no tears for you, shed no tears for him”…originally composed by Osvaldo Fresedo in 1922 with lyrics by his brother Emilio Fresedo, the word “Sollozos” means sobs,; it was a major hit for the mythical combination of Osvaldo Fresedo with singer Roberto Ray…it was first recorded by Rosita Quiroga in 1922 without making much of an impact…through the man’s empathy and concern, she is strengthened; she remembers her mother, she recovers her pride…he remembers nostalgically her pained lips and the smile she gave him…Emilio Fresedo’s lyrics were no small reason for the attainment of his brother’s legendary status; some of their hits together include, “El Once”, “Canto de Amor”, “Siempre Es Carnaval”

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Unlike the overwhelming majority of tango greats, the Fresedo brothers came from a rich aristocratic family and there were heated battles with their father who had envisioned much more austere careers for his sons…in fact Osvaldo Fresedo’s music appealed to that part of the upper class that dared to admit that they loved tango…he was so popular that he kept several orchestras going simultaneously and Osvaldo would go from club to club to appear with each group for a few minutes before making his presentation at another venue…Roberto Ray with his refined, sensitive style was perfect for the Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestra and in fact they would work together for 30 years…Roberto Ray was born on December 21, 1912 (Sagittarius) in the neighborhood of San Cristobal, Buenos Aires…he started with Osvaldo Fresedo in 1931 and together they would create tangos that have never been out of popularity; hits like the legendary “Vida Mia”, “Niebla de Riachuelo” and “Recuerdo de Bohemia”

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1912, September 18 – BIRTH OF JORGE ORTIZ

Having lost the up and coming Raul Beron who would one day be called the greatest tango singer of all time, Miguel Calo summoned celebrated singer Jorge Ortiz with great hope…but for some reason it just did not work out; the chemistry was missing…perhaps it was Calo’s serious, introspective nature which did not mesh well with Jorge’s restlessness…and yet with Rodolfo Biagi it was completed different…in fact they would flower in each other’s presence…with Biagi he would record over 37 tangos including immortal hits like “Humillacion”, “Por Un Beso De Amore”, “Querio Verte Una Vez Mas”, “Misa De Once”, “Indiferencia…Jorge Ortiz was born in the neighborhood of San Cristobal in Buenos Aires to an Italian immigrant family…early on he demonstrated precocious musical ability whose development was encouraged by an uncle who was an amateur opera singer…

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Jorge began taking singing lessons with celebrated voice teacher Eduardo Bonessi who one day entered a group of his students into a radio singing contest…to the delight of everyone Jorge was anointed as the winner…the legendary Azucena Maizani happened to hear him sing and facilitated a contract for him at the prestigious Radio Belgrano…his first serious job was with the Edgardo Donato orchestra with which he sang the theme song for the Luis Moglia Barth film “Picaflor”…the key moment in his career howeveer occurred in 1940 when Rodolfo Biagi recruited him…Jorge Ortiz would make several tour of South America and even briefly have his own orchestra…it is on one of these tours that he discovered his special love for Rio De Janeiro where he finally settled…his last appearance in Buenos Aires was in 1979 on the TV program “Ronda De Ases”…he passed away from a heart attack at the age of 77

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1938, September 3 – ROBERTO RAY RECORDS “MEDIA VIDA”

The lyrics of “Media Vida” are a retrospective of a long life lived…it says “life has left its scars on my soul…I have seen it in the sad eyes of others…so much has changed and I am no longer the woman that I was”…the author of those lyrics  Enrique Dizeo was the son of poor Italian immigrants…he left school early and walked the streets surviving on occasional odd jobs but while carousing the bars and horse racing stadiums, he discovered a love of poetry and writing…with his first tango “Romantico Bulincito” he began to discover notoriety and to his astonishment, a source of income…he later came to the attention of Carlos Gardel who recorded some of his tangos and encouraged his career…he lived and died alone; his last relationship of 20 years had finally progressed to the marriage stage and in the end, it all sadly fell apart…a recluse, he devoted himself in his simple house to writing tangos until the end of a long life…his soul continues to live in the many popular tangos which today bear his poetry…

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It was recorded by the legendary combination of Osvaldo Fresedo and the voice of Roberto Ray…unlike the overwhelming majority of tango greats, Osvaldo Fresedo came from a rich aristocratic family and there were heated battles with his father who had envisioned much more austere careers for his son…in fact Osvaldo Fresedo’s music appealed to that part of the upper class that dared to admit that they loved tango…he was so popular that he kept several orchestras going simultaneously and Osvaldo would go from club to club to appear with each group for a few minutes before making his presentation at another venue…Roberto Ray with his refined, sensitive style was perfect for the Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestra and in fact they would work together for 30 years…Roberto Ray was born on December 21, 1912 (Sagittarius) in the neighborhood of San Cristobal, Buenos Aires…he started with Osvaldo Fresedo in 1931 and together they would create tangos that have never been out of popularity; hits like the legendary “Vida Mia”, “Niebla de Riachuelo” and “Recuerdo de Bohemia”

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