Archive for the ‘ Libra ’ Category

1915, October 8 – BIRTH OF ALBERTO MANCIONE

Bandeonist, Leader, Composer (Libra) – a self-taught musician, by the age of 15 he was already making the rounds of the clubs looking for gigs to play…in the day time he was a butcher’s assistant proud of his ability to carry the heavy beef carcasses on his back…at the age of 19 he had his first professional offer when he was recruited into the Jose Figeroa Trio…radio appearances followed and with recognition came the invitations to play in important orchestras

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Greatly influenced by the legendary Troilo, in 1938 he organized his first orchestra, “Tipica Armenonville”, to fullfill a contract at the classy Palermo Palace…the name of another of his orchestras “Los Dados Blancos” (the white dice) came to him when a tailor inadvertently placed the symbol of a dice on custom-made shirts he had ordered…he missed one opportunity to go to Europe and for the rest of his career he maintained a busy schedule in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay……the tango “Ventarron” became associated with his orchestra

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1955, October 7 – BIRTH OF YO YO MA

Cellist (Libra) – born in Paris to Chinese parents, his mother was a singer and his father a professor of music…the family moved to New York City when he was five years old…at the age of 4 , he began studying violin and in time a child prodigy emerged…he began performing at the age of 5 and by the age of 7 he had performed for presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy…he studied at the Julliard School of Music and the universitys of Columbia and Harvard…..

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Ma’s primary performance cello nicknamed Petunia, was built by Domenico Montagna in 1733…it was once accidentally lost in a taxicab in New York City and later, miraculously recovered undamaged…in 1977, he  married his long-time girlfriend Jill Hornor, a German language professor…in 1997 he released, to rave reviews,  “Soul of the Tango” an LP interpreting Astor Piazzolla’s music…one critic called it “the perfect combination of two eclectic geniuses”

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1927, October 6 – DEBUT OF ALBERTO VILLA

Singer – (born September 25, 1903, Libra):  he was a bank official in Montevideo who, since childhood, dreamt of being a singer like his idol Carlos Gardel…in August of 1927, at the age of 24, he concocts an excuse to leave the bank early and hurries to a private audition with the group Atienenses… singing the popular tango “Siga El Corso“, a stunned Alberto is selected…his official debut, on October 6, at the Solis Theater, received with great acclaim, launches a glorious career ..

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He received rave reviews for his first film “Radio Bar” in 1936…there followed a series of film performances,  including “Se conocieron en la Argentina” in the United States with Maureen O’hara, in which he sings in both Spanish and English…He returned to Buenos Aires where the accolades mounted in over 14 films, radio and stage performances…in the full bloom of  fame and a success, hesuddenly gives it all up to pursue another dream, entrepreneurship…retired and living in Montevideo, he passed away suddenly the age of 78 due to a heart attack surrounded by his family, his friends and his memories

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CLICK HEREhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyIFXPWRdqc to hear Alberto sing “Adios Argentina” written by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez with lyrics by Fernan Silva Valdes

1927, October 4 – BIRTH of VIRGINIA LUQUE

Singer (libra) – she was born in Buenos Aires at the Rivadavia Hospital, the same one where Azucena Maizani was born and who would be a model for Virginia…at the age of 12 her father entered her in a singing contest on Radio Belgrano and won….still a teenager, she became a regular on radio programs singing boleros and spanish songs…She entered the tango world in 1946 when Francisco Canaro had her sing his “Si Tu Mi Quisieras” in his play “La Cancion del los                                                        Barrios”…

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At the age of 16 she stared in her first film “La Querra La Gano Yo”…the critics and the public responded favorably and other films were to follow in quick succession; by the age of 22 she had already starred in a total of 7 films…her first major role was  in the film “La Historia del Tango” with renown actor Fernando Lamas where inspite of being only 22, she played a mature woman to great acclaim; in her career shewould star in over 30 films…….She recorded three LPs in Spain and one in Israel, singing in Yiddish; she made recordings in Galician, French and Portuguese….She made over a hundred trips in her career and was especially beloved in Japan

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1920, October 3 – BIRTH OF MYRNA MORES

Singer (Libra) – she and her sister Margarita were encouraged from a very early age by their mother who was herself a singer…they formed a duo and when Myrna was only 17, they premiered  on radio on the program “La Voz del Aires”…At the academy where they studied, their music teacher was Mariano Martinez and eventually he joined them forming El Trio Mores…he adopted their name; he became Mariano Mores, a name destined to become legendary in the tango world …in time he would fall in love with Myrna and marry her…

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In 1938 the trio was contracted by renown Japanese composer Masao Koga to record three of his tangos, ….another early success “Flor De Hastio” was written by Mariano Mores….it is for the trio that Mariano wrote “Cuartito Azul”, destined to become a great tango classic…he was inspired by the small apartment he rented in Palermo to be near Myrna and it is to her that he dedicates the piece…In 1942 Myrna cut short a promising career to devote herself to her family but it was a move that she neverregreted…much later, viewing a great musical family that spanned three generations,  she said, “rasing a family was more important than show business…when I see my family today, I see that I made the right decision”

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  • CLICK HEREhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb8OrvjXJus to see the Mores family performing “Cuartito Azul”….Mariano Mores is himself at the piano, the female vocalist is his daughter Silvia Mores and male singer is his grandson Gabriel Mores


1890, September 29 – birth of “EL POLLO RICARDO”

Dancer, Pianist, Composer (Libra) – Ricardo Scandroglio was “El Pollo Ricardo” (Ricardo the chicken) in the immensely popular tango by that name…born in Montevideo Uruguay, he spent his youth mingling in the bohemia cafes of his day; places like “La Giralda” and the “Londres”…it is there that he got his first exposure to tango and attained some notoriety as a dancer even though he was self taught…one day he met Luis Alberto Fernandez and an instant friendship developed…

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It is Fernandez who wrote  “El Pollo Ricardo” in 1911 inspired, it is said, by Scandroglio’s dancing  which reminded him of a  strutting chicken…it was first recorded by the Carlos Warren Orchestra and thereafter it would become one of the most recorded tangos in history…”El Pollo Ricardo” has been continuously recorded for almost 100 years, the last being by Quinteto Los Tauras in 2003…Fernandez was a government bureaucrat, a clerk in the Montevideo police station,  and self-taught musician

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1906, September 27 – BIRTH OF EDUARDO MORENO

Poet (Libra) – born in the neighborhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires, he would spend his youthful evenings at La Paloma Cafe where he got his first exposure to the dancing and the music of some of the early greats…at the age of 16 he began working as a theater critic for the daily, “La Ultima Hora”; the plays he covered often had  tango themes spoken in lunfardo…at the age of 18 he wrote  his first tango “La sombra de Milonguita”, which among others was recorded by Francisco Canaro

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In his career he would write the lyrics to over 120 tangos but his masterpiece was “Recuerdo” which, during the period of the post-Peron dictatorship, earned him a summons from the official censor for the phrase “in the soft nights in the milieu of pleasure”…his career included having been a reciter of poems on radio and a  playwright of soap operas…in addition he led his own theater company, he founded ajournal, a magazine, and contributed to the scripts of several movies

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