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1922, September 25 – birth of “LUNATICO”, GARDEL’S HORSE

“Lunatico” (Libra)  was Gardel’s first horse and the only one with whom he made any money…Gardel paid 5000 pesos for him and earned $ 72.450 in four years…Lunatico made his debut on April 26, 1925, in a 1,200- meter distance; he finished third; the place bet paid $ 5,20…He raced 36 times in all – he won 10,  he was second in 6, third in 8, fourth in 6, fifth in 1…For most of his career he was ridden by the renown jockey Irineo Leguisamo who became a close of friend of Gardel’s..


After its racing career Lunatico was taken to a farm in the province of Santa Fe to stud; in 1933 its grateful owner ordered that it be taken to open field and be allowed  to live its remaining days in total freedom….many tangos were inspired by the horse races including “Por una Cabezawritten by Gardelhimself…Gardel used to bet by means of telegrams sent to his proxy in Buenos Aires but he as well attended the race courses of Montevideo, Paris and New York while he was on tour


  • CLICK HERE to hear Gardel sing “Por Una Cabeza” (by a head)…the text is the bitter tale of a man trapped between two fires: his passion for race horses and an a morbid passion for a beautiful and evil woman who lies to him and finally rejects him

1954, September 19 – JUAN PERON OVERTHROWN

The coup that ousted Peron (born, October 8, 1895, Libra) had profound consequences for tango…. Peron had been a nationalist and a populist and tango was both national and popular…Peron did not hesitate to use tango to further his political aims…the tango “Una Carta Para Italia” for example was critisized as shameless propaganda…the new military government was made up of members of the upper classes, whose innate classism made tango alien and dangerous…many famous tango artist had been involved with the Peronist movement…premiere among them was the legendary Enrique Santos Discepolo whose popular radio commentary was to make a big difference…


Juan Peron actually attributed his electoral victory to the women’s vote and Discepolo’s radio commentary…later of course the anti Peronists would viciously ostracize Discepolo and he would die from a broken heart at the age of fifty…but not all tango artists were in favor with the regime; the great Libertad Lamarque for example was blackballed by Eva Peron and Libertad had to move to Mexico where she was beloved by the Mexican public as one of their own…the post Peron regime had an instinctive negative reaction to anything having to do with tango… many of those same artists were either imprisoned or blacklisted and laws restricting the gathering of young people were inforced only in tango clubs thus inadvertently ushering in the new rock and roll culture


1904, September 11 – CARLOS GARDEL IS DETAINED

Singer (birth 11 December 1890) Sagittarius – detained as a runaway, someone perhaps his mother Berta Gardes, identifies him the day after…to the police the young Gardel declares his age as 14, his birthplace as Toulouse France and his profession as “typographer”…in fact, he was a brilliant student in typography; a certificate from Colegio Pio IX issued on November 3, 1901 awards him first prize.


Gardel was always good in school…at Colegio San Estanislao records indicate that he was an outstanding student…at Colegio Pio IX he had received the honor “Digno de Albanza” for his academic excellence…the details of the runaway incident are not known but at age 16 he quits school to devote himself to singing and in time become the greatest tango legend in history


  • CLICK HERE – to hear him sing and dance in the film “Tango Bar” directed by John Reinhardt and  premiering  in 1935…it was to be Gardel’s last film as soon after he dies in a plane wreck in Medellin Colombia