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1952, January 3 – PREMIERE OF “MI NOCHE TRISTE”

The film is based on the life of poet Pascual Contursi with one important difference, in real life Pascual would die alone, in a mental hospital suffering from dementia brought on by the  late stages of syphlis…Pascual’s lyrics had revolutionized tango…previously they had been joyful and gay; he turned them into something nostalgic and melancholy and set them in houses of prostitution where so much of tango culture was born…it was apparently something that he had personal experience with; an experience that would cost him a particularly tragic and painful death at the age of 44…the film, which premiered at the Grand Rex Cinema in Buenos Aires, was directed by Lucas Demare (born July 14, 1910, Cancer) …the soundtrack for the film was composed by legendary Lucio Demare, Lucas’ older brother and was performed in the film by Anibal Troilo and his orchestra…

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The film’s plot, in point of fact, reflects Pascual’s real life experience whereby the main character, a joyful poet, musician and singer falls madly in love with a young beautiful singer by the name of Lita…his wife catches them kissing and leaves Pascual and takes their son with her…intoxicated with love, Pascual decides to stay with Lita and indeed to work where she works so that he can remain near her…for Lita, the infatuation eventually disappears and she leaves him, leaving behind a distraught shell of a man whose life consists of dreaming hopelessly of her return and drinking heavily…however, it is from this experience that Contursi writes “Lita”  which Carlos Gardel records as “Mi Noche Triste” ; it is the first “Tango Cancion” (sung tango) and the first tango that Gardel records…it is this tango which in time is a major hit and which turnsGardel from a regional folk singer to an international tango legend…at the end of the film, singer Oscar Alonso is heard singing the theme song of the film about whom Anibal Troilo was to say “after Gardel, he was the best tango singer of all time”…Pascual’s son Jose Maria Contursi would surpass his father in his love of the night life and meet a similar end

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1952, November 27 – 1st RECORDED, “RODANDO TU ESQUINA”

Composed and sung by Charlo, the lyrics of “Rodando Tu Esquina“ say, ” my passion for her is devouring me and I must go out and look for her…to forgive her…I don’t care what people will say, people will talk anyway…I think of her continuously, I can’t get her out of my mind, “….this was a major hit for Charlo; one of many in his long career; he would pass away at the age of 85…Charlo, (born July 7, 1905, Cancer) after Carlos Gardel was the most important figure in tango history…he was certainly the equal of Carlos Gardel in every way and yet, in one of those odd twists of fate, he is relatively unknown…he was born in Avestruz a railway station outside of Buenos Aires; his father was a foreman in a crop harvesting company…as an adult he cut quite a figure; he was a dandy, elegant, sophisticated…in fact he inspired a line of men’s clothing and accessories  called “Charlot”….

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His real name was Carlos Jose Perez, but he was an ardent admirer of Charly Chaplin who inspired his stage name “Charlo”  which he used for the first on his debut on Radio Cultura in 1924…as a child he studied piano and later he entered law school but he stunned his family when he advised them that he would leave law school and devote himself to music…he began by singing and accompanying himself in humble cafes where he elegant attire was almost an insult to the usual patrons nevertheless with his voice, his compositions and his charm, he quickly ascended the ladder of success performing with, among others, the Francisco Canaro and Roberto Firpo orchestras; the most renown at the time..in his career he did everything including having had numerous hits in composing and recording; he may well have been the most recorded tango singer in history

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1929, August 21 – CHARLO RECORDS “OIGA GARCON”

The lyrics to “Oiga Garcon”, are certainly among the shortest in history; they simply say, “listen boy, don’t try to hide the bottle…don’t think that by drinking, you can forget the woman you love”…Charlo was only 23 years old when he recorded this tango with the Francisco Canaro Orchestra, the most popular orchestra at the time…he would record an astounding 500 pieces with Canaro…the music and lyrics are by Victorio Gago of whom little is known…Charlo, (born July 7, 1905, Cancer) after Carlos Gardel was the most important figure in tango history…he was certainly the equal of Carlos Gardel in every way and yet, in one of those odd twists of fate, he is relatively unknown……he was born in Avestruz a railway station outside of Buenos Aires; his father was a foreman in a crop harvesting company…as an adult he cut quite a figure; he was a dandy, elegant, sophisticated…

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In fact he inspired a line of men’s clothing and accessories  called “Charlot”….it was during the filming  of Manuel Romero’s “Carnaval De Antano” that he would meet singer Sabina Olmos whom he would marry a few years later; she would tragically commit suicide at the end of a long career..his real name was Carlos Jose Perez, but he was an ardent admirer of Charlie Chaplin who inspired his stage name “Charlo”  which he used for the first on his debut on Radio Cultura in 1924…as a child he studied piano and later he entered law school but he stunned his family when he advised them that he would leave law school and devote himself to music…he began by singing and accompanying himself in humble cafes…with his compositions and his charm, he quickly ascended the ladder of success…in his career he did everything including having composed numerous hits like “Rodando Tu Esquina”, “Tormento” and the beautiful waltz “Tu Palida Voz”

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1907, July 22 – BIRTH OF TEOFILO IBANEZ

Singer, Composer (Cancer) – by the age of nine he was already a trained butcher and as a teenager he had his own stand at the market; he considered himself fortunate…for although in theory, these were still boom years in Argentina, the income disparity between the haves and the have-nots was indeed large and upward mobility difficult…contented Teofilo loved to sing as he worked and he developed quite a clientele with the ladys to whom he sang as he made their favorite cuts and wrapped their purchases in the traditional butchers’ white wrap; “here you go madam” he might say and the lady might well answer, “Teofilo, sing me again a piece of that tango”….one day a friend who worked in the Max Glucksmann record house heard that Roberto Firpo was looking for a singer and he suggested to Teofilo that he might try; Teofilo was unsure but Miguel prevailed and Teofilo auditioned…to his amazement, out of innumerable applicants Firpo selected him…a few days later, he made his debut at the Teatro Casino singing “Alma De Bohemio” and “Ya No Cantas Chingolo”…just a few weeks later he made his first recording session he recorded “Lechuza” and “Despedida” which were modest hits

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Teofilo Ibanez was born in the city of Pamplona, Spain to a poor family…this was a period when Spain was still largely agricultural, poor and illiterate; the memory of the disastrous war with the United States in which she lost the few remaining colonies was still fresh in the Spanish psyche…Teofilo’s family arrived in Buenos Aires and settled in the Barracas neighborhood; he was only four months old…Teofilo stayed with Firpo approximately 2 years during which he recorded 140 tangos…among the highlights of an extensive career are his recording in 1934 of Eduardo Arolas’  “Derecho Viejo” with the Adolfo Cabarbelli orchestra…during his eight month tenure with the Rodolfo Biagi Orchestra, he recorded eight well-remembered pieces including “Golgota” and “Alma De Bohemio”…in the mid 30s with the Julio De Caro orchestra he recorded the hit “Sueno De Juventud”….he would also record with the Edgardo Donato and the Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestras…he was the composer of one of the most endurable hits in tango history “La Vieja Serenata”

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1909, July 16 – BIRTH OF CARLOS VARELA

Singer (Cancer) – one day Carlos Varela delivered the dire news to his parents, he had decided to quit school to devote himself to a singing career; it was a hard blow to his father who made tremendous sacrifices to give the best life possible to his five boys and five girls…many years later, looking back on a long and successful career, Carlos Varela would remember with great nostalgia that day and his father’s words of support and encouragement inspite of his deep doubts…Carlos Varela was born in the neighborhood of Flores…he began to sing almost from the time he could walk and began to develop his talent by entering singing contests at school…while undergoing the discouraging process of knocking on doors, he did many odd jobs including having been an errand boy in a shop and a clerk for the local telephone company…his first exposure to notoriety arrived when, at the age of 20, he began singing on Radio Prieto in the evenings often arriving there with great fatigue from his arduous day time jobs…

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His big break came when his friend the lyricist Vicente Planells del Campo recommended him to Roberto Firpo; out of many candidates he was finally selected…on February 27 of 1930 he released his first recording “A Montmartre”…its success led to a total of over 70 recordings with Roberto Firpo…the next year he made a long tour of Argentina and upon his return he was a big hit at the celebrated  “Germinal Cafe” in Buenos Aires…he appeared with the Roberto Firpo in the film “Dancing” where he sang, “Desde Pebeta”…while the film was a critical and financial failure, Carlos Varela’s performance was one of the few bright spots…this led to a series of celebrated appearances on Radio Belgrano…interestingly he made an audition with Juan D’arienzo but was turned down…during the latter part of his life he became a successful entrepreneur

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1914, July 11 – BIRTH OF ANIBAL TROILO

Leader, Bandoneonist, Composer (Cancer)…He sacrificed his life to his art and there were many regrets…one of those was never having had any children…his beloved wife Ida was eternally devoted to him although he belonged more to the nights and the glasses of whiskey…Horacio Ferrer called him, ” a man of true class and elegance”…but above all he was a gifted musician even though no one in his family was musical…his father was a butcher who died when Anibal was only eight years old; he was brought up with much sacrifice by his mother Felisa whom he never forgot…toward the end of his career, his body wracked by abuse, in an interview he said, “you know I never left my neighborhood, not really…I never really left my mother and I am always returning to her”...it was she who, with much sacrifice, bought him his first bandoneon; 140 pesos in 14 installments, he was ten years old…the poet Julian Centeya would one day call him “the best bandoneon player in Buenos Aires”…his first public performance was at the age of eleven in the Abasto Market at the Petit Colon Cinema…

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At the age of 14 he formed a quintet; at 16 he was part of the renown sextet of violinist Elvino Vardaro with Osvaldo Pugliese at the piano…later he would play with some of the greats, Juan Maglio “Pacho”, Juan D’arenzo and Angel D’agostino…toward the end of his life, he would recall 1937 with nostalgia; that was the year that he put together his own orchestra and the year that, in a night club, he met a shy hat girl, Ida Calachi whom he would marry and who would become his beloved partner for the rest of his life...the following year he made his first recording “Come Il Faut” by Eduardo Arolas …but Troilo, a master of pauses, was also an accomplished composer of some immortal hits like  ”Toda Mi Vida”, “Barrio de Tango”, “Garua”, “Sur”, “Romance del Barrio”,“La Ultima Curda”, “Mari…at the age of 18 he appeared in his first film “Los Tres Berretines”…others included the celebrated “Radio Bar” which premiered  in 1936 when he was part of the Elvino Vardaro orchestra…in the movie “El Tango Vuelve A Paris” which premiered in 1948  he has an acting roll…he died of cerebral hemorrhage and cardiac arrest at the Hospital Italiano with Ida at his side

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1922, July 5 – BIRTH OF OSCAR LARROCA

Singer, Composer (Cancer) – One day his father, himself a musician, tried to warn young Oscar of the sacrifices that had to be made in pursuing a career in music but Oscar looked intently at his father and with youthful self assuredness said, “I know father but I want to become a singer“….in 1976 at the age of 54, basking in the rewards of a life of sacrifices; a beloved singer throughout Latin America he suddenly passed away…one of his last words was remembering the love and encouragement of his father…his father, an Italian immigrant was a guitarist and a gaucho style singer was Oscar’s first guitar teacher; he later enrolled Oscar in the conservatory from which he graduated as a certified guitar teacher at the age of sixteen…Oscar Larocca was born in the neighborhood of Almagro, Buenos Aires and years later his recording of a tango in honor of his neighborhood would be one of his major hits; in fact it would become part of his repertoire for the rest of his life…

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Still barely a teenager, Oscar began singing  in the neighborhood bars and cafe accompanying himself on the guitar to the delight…an early break came when he was invited to sing on the highly popular “La Famosa Matinee de Juan Manuel” on Radio Mitre…in 1945 the journalist Carmelo Santiago heard him sing and recommended him to the orchestra leader Domingo Federico; it is for Federico that he made his first recording, “Pasaje de Mi Vida”…along with the great pianist Osvaldo Manzi he formed an orchestra in which he and the legendary Roberto Ray were the vocalists; they were immensely successful on Radio Blegrano…In the 40s the renown Carlos Dante left the Alfredo De Angelis Orchestra and violinist Victor Brana recommended Oscar to De Angelis who summoned him for an audition; out of hundreds of candidates he was hired…on April 1, 1951 they debuted on the celebrated Glostora Tango Club; his first recording for De Angelis was “Flores De Fango”….as a composer, he best piece was the waltz “Enganandonos” which was recorded by several Latin American singers

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