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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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1868, April 21 – BIRTH OF ROSENDO MENDIZABAL

Composer, Pianist (Aries) – for the last two years of his life he was ill, bedridden, partially paralyzed in one single, squalid room…on June 30, 1913, mercifully, he finally passed away, he was forty-five years old…and yet, just a few years earlier he had been a very wealthy man having inherited a huge sum of money from a deceased grandmother…this gifted, charming man might have simply been forgotten had he not composed “El Enterriano”, one of the most successful tangos in history…Rosendo Mendizabal, of mixed african blood, came from a well to do family…his father, was a poet and a renown writer, famous for, “Primos Versos y Oras de Meditacion” (First Versus and Hours of Meditation), a book of poems…Rosendo graduated from the conservatory as a piano teacher where he was a gifted student and a great career was predicted for him…however, with his sudden windfall, he embarked on a profligate, bohemian life squandering a considerable fortune in a short period of time…his life resembled that of his contemporary Angel Villoldo, composer of the immortal “El Choclo”

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He was forced to survive by playing piano in clubs and brothels for tips but his immense talent and charm also made him a favorite entertainer in high-end cabarets like “La Vieja Eustaquia”, “Tarana”, ” and “Maria La Vasca” run by renown Laura Montserrat…it is here that in 1897 he began to improvise a tango “El Enterriano” which would become a great classic; it is considered by some historians as the first published tango in history…these were the times before authors earned royalties on their compositions so while his masterpiece would generate considerable sums in the future, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he would die destitute…it was the custom to dedicate a new tango to some important person who would in turn make a gift of a sum of money to the composer; it is believed that El Enterriano was dedicated to Ricardo Segovia who may have been an influential judge…Rosendo composed many tangos but as they were often just simply scribbled on blank sheets of paper, the majority of his works were lost… his tangos were generally humorous and referenced judges, bankers, politicians…no personal recordings by Mendizabal were ever made…some of his popular surviving tangos include, “A La Luz De Los Faroles”, “Arrabalera”, “Z Club”

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1897, April 20 – BIRTH OF JERZY PETERSBURSKI

Composer, Pianist (Aries) – Jerzy Petersburski was the composer of the mythical tango “Ta Ostatnia Niedziela” (This Is The Last Sunday) which was to have a dramatic and macabre role in history…it became known as “Suicide Tango” for young disillusioned Polish army officers would shoot themselves in the head while playing it in the background…furthermore the nazis would have Jewish musicians play this tango as they led Jews to their death in the gas chambers…in fact Arthur Gold, Peterburski’s cousin who had played “Ta Ostatnia Niedziela” professionally in pre war Warsaw, would lead the orchestra at Treblinka which played it as jews were led to their death; Gold himself would eventually meet the same fate…a Russian version of this tango became the theme song in the 1997 Russian film “Burnt By The Sun” which won the academy award for Best Foreign Film…the tango was used in another academy award winner Shindler’s List which premiered in 1993

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Jerzy Petersburski was born into a well-known Warsaw family of jewish musicians…he is credited with having popularized tango in Poland which adopted tango with an intensity unparalleled anywhere else in the world; tango became synonymous with Polish popular music…it is even more surprising when one considers that unlike Paris, Madrid or Berlin, tango came to Warsaw primarily through gramophone recordings and not visiting Argentinean orchestras…interestingly, tango in Poland is mostly of Jewish origen…after the war Jerzy Petersburski lived in Buenos Aires for twenty years where he worked for “Radio El Mundo” during which he composed the hit song “All Roads Lead to Buenos Aires”…toward the end of his life he returned to Poland settling in his beloved Warsaw…in 1928 he composed “Tango Milonga” which became an instant hit all over the world…in English it was called “Oh Donna Clara” and was recorded by Al Jolson in America and Edith Piaf in France and even Florindo Sassone in Buenos Aires

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1919, April 18 – BIRTH OF ROLANDO CHAVES

Singer, Actor, Write(Aries) – with his race car driver mystique, his sohpisticated looks, his alluring voice for which he was widely known as “Sweet Milk”, he was a seducer of many women and it was no doubt these experiences which would help him became a prolific and successful writer of soap box dramas for radio and television…Rolando Chaves was born in the city of Presidencia Roque Saenz Pena, Argentina…at the age of eighteen he entered a singing contest on “Radio La Voz Del Aire” and out of hundreds of contentants he was proclaimed by the winner; one year later he was singing at the legendary “Radio Belgrano”…eventually he was invited to play a role in one of the popular radio soap operas, offshoots of the mythical “Chizpasos de Tradicion” which were based on gaucho subruban melodramas; his transition to television was successful both as a writer and an actor…he would star in over fourteen films; his most successful being “El Morocho Del Abasto” in which he plays Carlos Gardel; he would earn wide acclaim for this performance

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“El Morocho del Abasto” which premiered at the Normandie Movie Theater, also starred dancer Tito Luisardo who had personally starred with the real Carlos Gardel during his lifetime…Chaves sang twelve of Gardels songs using his real voice instead of being sung over by Gardel’s… a minor controversy developed among the public over whether it was Gardel’s or Chaves’s voice which was heard in the film…Rolando was a great admirer of Gardel and later a collectionist of Gardel memorabilia; he discovered a lost recording of Carlos Gardel’s, “Cheating Muchachita”, in  which he sings in English…it had been part of a number of items which Gardel had left to friend Geo Morris in New York; years later he would take the items to Buenos Aires where Rolando eventually discovered them….he starred in “Sangre Y Acero” directed by Lucas Demare with music by his brother, legendary composer Lucio Demare in which he sang alonside Virginia Luque… “Delitto de Corrupcion” in 1991 was to be his last film; in that year that a growth was discovered forcing the removal of his vocal cords…he died during a later surgical operation to restore his voice…his daughter Veronica, years after his death, would recall with great love how he would practise his lines in lunfardo with her as he was walking her to school hand in hand…

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1948, April 16 – FIRST RECORDED “LA PASTORA”

The lyrics of this tango say, ” she was an enchanted country girl who sang like those who dream in life…she laughed like people who are happy and she never complained…one day she disappeared but people can still hear her voice in the wind”….”La Pastora” was the second major hit for Alfredo Di Angelis which, like his first hit “Pregonera”, he composed in collaboration with lyricist Jose Rotulo…Jose Rotul was born in the city of Rocha, Uruguay and as a child he dreamed of being a pianist which he had studied at the consveratory….in time he realized that his true vocation was writing poetry and lyrics…with Alfredo Di Angelis he wrote the immortal “Remolino” which the Francini-Pontier Orchestra with the voice of Raul Beron turned into a great hit…Alfredo Di Angelis waited a long time to start his own orchestra…

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Most would be greats jumped into the treacherous waters of entrepreneurship at a much younger age (and most failed) and yet from the moment of his debut at the mythical Cafe Marzotto, he would see unabated success…he would be criticized as being a merry-go-round orchestra for, like Juan D’arienzo, adopting the 2/4 beat, would make it eminently successful and eminently danceable…another thing that differentiated him from his competition was his stability; his core group if musicians would remain with him for their entire careers…Di Angelis popularized the tango duet especially the one of Carlos Dante and Julio Martel who would record a number of hits…Alfredo Di Angelis was on the inaugural show of the legendary Glostora Tango Club on Radio El Mundo with who he would be associate for twenty years…Alfredo Di Angelis was born in the charming village of Androgue just outside of Buenos Aires; years later it would be the inspiration for one of Jorge Luis Borges’ books of poetry…his father Virgilio de Angelis was a violinist who encouraged young Alfredo to play the bandoneon and later the piano

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1897, April 14 – BIRTH OF EDGARDO DONATO

Leader, Composer, Violinist (Aries) -Edgardo Donato was a struggling musician and fledging composer of twenty-two years old and he was particularly fond of “Julian” a tango he hed penned off in the middle of the night, half in jest, parodying an orchestra drummer named “Julian”…he offered it to a recording company for twenty pesos but they just did not think it was good enough; he then offered it to one an orchestra leader for fifteen pesos and was refused again…not one to be easily discouraged he decided to publish it on his own account; it would become a big hit two years later when Rosita Quiroga would record it; ninety years later it continues to be played and recorded…Edgardo Donato is of course the composer of the immortal “A Media Luz” which is probably one of the most instantly recognized melodies in the world…interestingly he composed it while he was riding on a tram in Buenos Aires…

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He was notoriously absent-minded and his daughter would recount the story of the day he was on a street car, he became so engrossed in a conversation with an old friend he happened to run into; descended with his friend and several minutes passed before he realized that he had forgotten about his wife back on the tram…he was one of nine children born to Italian immigrants who had come to Buenos Aires by the way of Chile…his father was a musician; a player of both the mandolin and the cello…when Edgardo was still very young, the family moved to Montevideo where his father obtained a position as conductor of a chamber orchestra…at the age of twenty-one he began working with his father in the world of opera wearing a stiff collar and a serious countenance; the real Donato however had a great sense of humor…the fateful day arrived when, with much trepidation, he mustered the courage to tell his father that he would be joining the Negro Quevedo tango orchestra; it was the beginning of a glorious career…he would record more than 450 pieces including great hits like “Muchacho”, “El Huracan”, “T.B.C.”

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1911, April 13 – BIRTH OF JOSE TINELLI

Leader, Composer, Pianist (Aries) – from the moment the lovely Chola Bosch walked in to audition at Radio Stentor, Jose’s  heart began to flutter; he would recount many years later the sensation of seeing walk in with her lively, self-assured step and captivating smile…although he had promised marriage to someone else, he eventually married Chola and they would have a marvelous career together until his untimely death at the age of forty-nine from a heart attack…she would continue her career and finally pass away singing at the age of ninety three…Jose Tinelli was born in Buenos Aires to Jose and Beatriz Bernardi, struggling Italian immigrants from the southern region of Puglia; music had been in the family and in fact an uncle back in Puglia was an opera singer…from an early age young  Jose demonstrated musical ability and with much sacrifice his parents enrolled him in the piano school of the renown maestro Vicente Scaramuzza whom he amazed with his precociousness…

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Still barely a child, he began playing piano for the silent movie house Londres Cinema in the neighborhood of Palermo…through one of the customers at the cinema, he was hired as the pianist for the Odeon Label Recording Company Orchestra, a coveted position; he was only sixteen years old…his first foray into entrepreneurship came just two years later when he formed a trio to perform on the legendary Radio Belgrano; he became a favorite of the radio station’s audience…at the age of twenty-one he put together his first orchestra to appear at the carnival balls at the Teatro Solis of Montevideo…in his seminal period  he would play with the legends of tango including Juan Maglio “Pacho”, Ada Falcon, Roberto Maida and Amanda Ledesma…in 1939 he composed his hit, with the lyrics of Enrique Cadicamo, “Por Una Vuelta” which was premiered by Chola Bosch on Radio Belgrano…seventeen years later it would be a  great hit for the orchestra of Jose Basso, Tinelli’s former pianist, with the voice of “Floreal Ruiz”…”Por Una Vuelta” would be recorded by many artists including Osvaldo Fresedo, Juan D’arienzo and Astor Piazzolla among others…he wrote the music for the films “Virgencita de Madre” and “El Sobretodo de Cespedes” and  “Un Muchacho de Buenos Aires” in which his Chola Bosch starred..

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  • CLICK HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td4MAEsNy8Q to hear the Jose Tinelli Orchestra with his wife Chola Bosch singing “El Embrujo De Tu Violin” composed by Mario Maurano and lyrics by Armando Tagini