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1939, May 8 – MARIO POMAR RECORDS “VUELVE OTRA VEZ”

He was nineteen when he recorded “Vuelve Otra Vez”; it was his first recording and the beginning of a glorious career…he was backed by the renown “Orchestra Tipica Victor” which through its many years of existence retained the excellence of its creator, the classically trained Adolfo Carabelli, whose disillusionment with a love affair would cause him to become a recluse and die alone at the age of 54…Mario Pomar began singing in local bars and cafes for donations until one fateful day a producer from Radio Belgrano happened to hear him and invited him to sing on the radio station…in his career he was to sing with the best orchestras including that of Miguel Calo, Juan D’arienzo and Osmar Maderna whom he met when they both played for Miguel Calo…in 1935 after having groomed himself for ten years as a professional, he put together his first orchestra

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It debuted at the legendary Chantecler Cabaret where its classy master of ceremonies Angel Sanchez Carreno “El Pincipe Cubano” would introduce Mario much elegant fanfare…in February of 1951 Carlos Di Sarli , after a two-year absence, decided to reorganize his orchestra for Radio El Mundo for which he auditioned many singers and finally selected two, Oscar Serpa and Mario Pomar…it is with Di Sarli that Mario would seal his immortality with hits like “Se Muere De Amor”, composed by Pedro Maffia and “Tengo Un Amigo” by Arturo Galucci…”Vuelve Otra Vez” was composed by the great Mexican pianist Agustin Lara who composed the immortal “Granada”, “Madrid” and “Solamente Una Vez” which he composed in Buenos Aires and dedicated to Jose Mojica

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1919, May 7 – BIRTH OF EVA PERON

In an eleventh hour revelation Elisa Bonorino wrote to her daughter, “dad brought you from the hospital and said that we should put our names on your birth certificate, some time later he told me that you were his daughter and Evita’s”.…supposedly when actor Pedro Quatucci worked with aspiring actress Eva Duarte out of a brief affair a baby was born who today is Nilda Quartucci and who claims she is Evita’s daughter…many stories have sprung up around the mythical figure of Eva Peron…she was born the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy rancher but she grew up in poverty and shame…at the age of fifteen, without education, no money and no connections, she arrived in Buenos Aires to pursue her dream of being an actress…her first break came was a role in a popular soap opera on Radio El Mundo…by 1943 she was one of the highest paid actresses and live in the exclusive Recoleta…

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On January 22, 1944 at a charity at event for the victims of the San Juan earth quake she met labor secretary Juan Peron; they married the following year; he was forty-eight, she was twenty-two years old…The following year he was elected president of Argentina…it was announced that all performers had to join an entertainment union of which Evita was President… Peronism was a populist movement and tango was populist and therefore an ideal political tool but her heavy hand created friend and foe….singer Juanita Laurrauri for example would be criticized for giving  up a promising career to devote herself to the Peronist cause…the legendary Enrique Santos Discepolo would die of a broken heart when he was ostracized by fellow musicians for his impassioned support of Peronism…when the great Libertad Lamarque found all doors to her closed she went to see Evita who had the power to decide who worked and who didn’t….Evita purportedly denied that she had any hand in her being ostrasized but nevertheless Libertad was forced to emigrate to Mexico…Evita died of cancer at the age of thirty-three but one thing is true, she worked tirelessly and selflessly on behalf of the poor and for this she will be immortal and in the eyes of many, a saint

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1963, May 3 – GRAND OPENING OF, “CANO 14”

It was a courageous act for Attilo Stampone to open a club devoted exclusively to tango in 1963; tango had passed from fashion and although there was the exceptional artist like Julio Sosa who could still attracts crowds, most of its still living legends were barely subsisting and all but forgotten …but the passion for tango still smouldered in discreet corners and the great Anibal Troilo promised Attilo his whole-hearted support for the project; the addition of retired footballer Rinaldo Martino and actor Pedro Aleandro as investors assured that its doors would open…indeed Cano 14 was to succeed beyond it founders dreams becoming a legened and christened as a  “The Cathedral of Tango” by its faithfull fans…on its stage would appear the legends of tango like Anibal Troilo and Osvaldo Pugliese, singers Roberto Goyeneche, Edmundo Rivero, Roberto Rufino, dancers Juan Carlos Copes and Maria Nieves to name just a few

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The renown Enrique Francini would end his life on it august stage on August 27, 1978; while playing “Nostalgias” he suddenly had a massive heart attack and keeled over…but Cano 14 also launched careers; the celebrated Sexteto Tango made their debut here and was catapulted into a world-wide career spanning twenty years…recommended by Lucio Demare, in 1969 singer Ruben Juarez debuted here and went on to have an illustrious career…the legendary Hugo del Carril, almost at the end of his career, sang here in 1980 when a delirious public kept him on stage for almost an hour…a nineteen year old singer, Gustavo Nocetti debuted here and with a highly enthusiastic reception from Cano 14’s demanding public, launched a career which unfortunately was cut short when he died in a car accident at the age of forty three…Salvador Allende and Ella Fitzgeral were among its illustrious customers…it had a grand twenty-five year run before closing its door but its mythical status continued to grow and in 2010 it reopened again, at which its guest of honor was non other than Atilio Stampone

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1942, April 29 – BERON RECORDS, “AL COMPAS DEL CORAZON”

Miguel Calo had already reluctantly fired him; he told Raul Beron that the radio station just did not think his voice was adequate for their tango program…however, in the mean time, pianist Osmar Maderna suggested to Calo that Beron’s voice was the right one to record their new project, the tango, “Al Compas Del Corazon”…it was a phenomenal hit and launched a storybook career for twenty-two year Raul Beron who in time, many would rate as the best tango voice in history…Calo gave Beron a contract for 500 pesos a month which was a huge sum of money in those days…one year later, Lucio Demare would triple that sum to entice Raul Beron to join his orchestra…the year after that, Calo would greatly increase the Demare offer to get Beron back…the lyrics, written by the legendary Homero Exposito describe a man’s heart throbbing, “compas del corazon”, at the thought of seeing his beloved again and predicting that she will gasp incredulously at the joy of experiencing anew their love..

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“Al Compas Del Corazon” had a rather serendipitous begining…when its composer Domingo Federico joined the Calo orchestra in 1941 he showed the piece to his fellow musicians who were enthusiastic about it, however the two singers Raul Beron and Alberto Podesta were unsure about the piece…one afternoon, at violinist Enrique Francini’s initiative, the orchestra, without Calo’s permission and without preparation, tried the tango out at an afternoon tea house performance which Calo normally did not attend…it was instantly beloved by the public who requested an encore; it was at this point that Calo walked in to witness the success…he ordered of course, that it be included into their repertoir….just a few months later Beron would have another hit “Me Llaman El Zorro”…composer Domingo Federico, born in the neighborhood of Palermo Viejo, was taught the violin by his father, he later studied piano at the Pedro Maffia, Sebastian Piana conservatory…he aspired to be a doctor and was in medical school when the success of a duo he had formed with his sister Nelida inspired him to devote himself to tango

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1955, April 23 – BIRTH OF LINA AVELLANEDA

Singer, Composer, Poet (Aries) – there were nights she would wake up from a night mare and realize that it had been real…the knock at the door, the forced entry of armed soldiers, the beating of her parents, her sister dragged away with no knowledge of her fate only to learn later that she had been tortured and murdered in Argentina’s tragic “Dirty War”…Lina herself barely escaped being apprehended and she had to flee with an eight month old baby, changing houses seven times to avoid detection and arrest…it is this passion, the anger, the fear, the outrage that so many of its perpetrators have still not been brought to justice which she puts into her poetry and music…Lina Avellaneda was born in the Wilde neighborhood of Buenos Aires to a family of gifted musicians, circus performers, singers…her father, son of Italian immigrants, was passionate about tango; her mother of Spanish descent, until late in life, continued singiing Spanish “Tonadillas”…

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Her cousin, Julio Pane, is a renown bandoneonist and composer who performed with Astor Piazzolla…she began performing when she was still in grade school singing folk songs; later she graduated from the Escuela De Bellas Artes (School of Fine Arts) and continued her musical studies with the legendary Sebastian Piana…she has won numerous awards for her music and has won nine awards for her poetry including the Mitominas first prize given by the Argentine poet Tamara Kamenszain…in 2005 she published to great acclaim, “Marron y Plata” a book of poetry about about the origins of the river and the arrival of its immigrants; many of her poems have been musicalized by renown composers…her performances, interspersed with her humor and monologues, have made her a favorite on Radio Belgrano and at Ruben Juarez’s celebrated Cafe Homero…in 2003 she appeared in the movie “Yo No Se Que Me Han Hecho Tus Ojos” dedicated to Ada Falcon…she is an impassioned campaigner for women’s rights especially equal pay and reproductive rigthts

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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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