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Poet (Pisces) – from the second floor of the tenement house, young Raimundo was mersmerized by the magical scene of a serious young girl practising her tango steps in the dusty yard….the girl, Maria Nieves would grow up to be a world-famous dancer, he would grow up to be a renown poet and writer of the some of the most evocotive tangos in history…Raimundo Rosales grew up in that poor neighborhood of Saavedra in a house where four families shared one bathroom…already as a young boy he had a curious and inquisitive mind and he would write of the things he saw and the things that moved him…one day, by accident he happened to see the album “A Homero” by Susana Rinaldi, a compilation of the great Homero Manzi’s lyrics; it was a life changing experience…in 1985 he entered a lyrics contest organized by the Universidad de Belgrano and won; the celebrated Lalo de los Santos was commissioned to set his twelve poems to music…


But the life of an aspiring writer is not easy and he has had to wear many hats…he was a maker of handicrafts selling his creations in neighborhood festivals; in the day time he wrote for the local weekly that circulated his neighborhood…his proud creation was a monthly music  magazine  “La Luna de Saavedra”; in his first issue he interviewed the legendary Roberto Goyeneche but with deep disappointment, after a ten-year run, he had to fold it…he then embarked on his metaphorical search for the holy grail in Spain but after six years he headed his soul’s voice and returned to his boyhood home in his beloved neighborhood of Saavedra…in 1997 his “Fantasma de Luna” earned him another victory in a contest sponsored by La Maga Magazine ….other awards and recognitions were to follow for his poems, many of which have been set to music….he has published three books of poems “Ciudad Malvon”, 1977, “A Pesar del Mar”, 1985, and “Todo Es Aqua”, 2004…he has taught a specialized course on the writing of lyrics at the Programa Cultural En Barrios.


1881, February 19 – BIRTH OF GABINO C. PENALOZA

Descending on his mule from Chilecito, Gabino Penaloza was very alone but at home among the stark, natural beauty of its cliffs and valleys…it had been a particularly wet year and the aromas of nature were strong…nearing the town of Olta the trail became more boggy and in the distant he could hear the bellowing of the river…in fact its banks had overflowed and he was forced to wait for the water level to recede…that evening at the joyous town gathering, was when he first saw the lovely, demure girl playing the piano; in the coming days they would spend much time together and fall in love…finally the water had receded and he could continue on his journey  but he promised he would return as soon as possible…but on the day of his return his beloved was no where to be found….the discovery that she was pregnant had brought great shame to the family and they had spirited her off in a hastily arranged marriage; the year was 1903…it was this crucially painful experience which was to be the inspiration of his poem “Caminito” which in time, along with “El Choclo” and “La Cumparsita” would become one of the three most beloved tangos of all time


Gabino Corea Penaloza  (Pisces) born in La Paz and from early on he showed an inclination to poetry but at the age of 15 he moved to Buenos Aires where by day he did a number of jobs and by night he wrote poems; in time they would begin to appear in the renown “Caras and Caretas” magazine…he would frequent the cheap cafes and bars where he was friends with aspiring musicians and singers like a young Carlos Gardel and especially Juan de Dios Filiberto who would compose the music for “Caminito” and with whom Gabino would collaborate on several other tangos including two hits, “El Besito” and “El Panuelito”…he would publish three celebrated books of poems some of which would be used by a number of composers…but he had a difficult and trouble ridden life in the big city and at the age of forty-five he followed his heart  to his beloved Chilencito where with his books and poems he lived to the age of 95 haunted to the end of the memories of that beautiful girl playing piano and the son he never met.


1938, January 26 – Nestor Feria Records “CHUMBALE LOS PERROS”

Singer, Composer (born March 5, 1894, Pisces) – Nestor had struggle for many years and he felt he had paid his dues; he wanted to be treated with a certain amount of respect and he wasn’t getting it…in a moment of rage he told the producer at Radio Stentor to go to hell and he stomped out…walking alone now in this chilly night he was the loneliest person in the world; now what was he to do; his career had been one of stops and starts and he was no longer a kid…out of the misty night he heard his name called,  “Nestor how are you”, it was his friend the actor Fernando Ochoa…when he told him what had happened he promptly dragged him to Radio Belgrano where the hired him on the spot…it was the begining of the resurgence of his career…he became the singing voice for the very popular variety programs sponsored by Federal Soap; important offers for stage in and theaters were to follow….he was hired for his first movie “Juan Moreira” directed by Nelo Cosimi…he debuted with his own composition “En Blanco y Negro” which became a big hit…other successful compositions were to follow, “Las Carretas”, “Paginas Intimas”, “La Bata de Percal”


Nestor Feria was born in the village of  Canelones Bolivar, Uruguay into a family with closely guarded secrets….after a quarrel his mother, with rare courage for those time, she left her husband and moved to Montevideo to the neighborhood of “La Union” where Nestor was to spend formative years…as he grew Nestor became spellbound by the nearby racetrack where he eventually got a job as a stable boy…young Nestor loved to sing, he sang all the time…it was the other stable hands themselves that suggested to Nestor that he pursue singing as a career…at the age of 16, he found himself singing at the Pancho Orezoli Cafe and the launching of his career…In 1945the first symptoms of lung cancer began to appear but he kept working inspite of the pain and discomfort…now he regretted never having married; lived alone in a rented room in Buenos Aires….Fernando Ochoa, his old friend, again came to his rescue…through his connections he obtained for Nestor a role in the remake of “Juan Moreira” directed by Jose Moglia Barth…immediately after the film he had a strongh desire to return to his native Uruguay and just a few weeks later he collapsed and on September the 27th at 11 am he passed away


1913, January 17 – “L. Arola” changes name to “E. Arolas”

Composer, Leader, Bandoneonist (Capricorn) – one day he arrived home at an unexpected hour and found his beloved wife Delia in bed with his older brother; he would never really recovered from it and would die just a few years later from complications of alcoholism alone in a hospital on the outskirts of Paris at the age of 32….Eduardo Arolas was however probably  the greatest tango composer of all time; among his nearly 100 compositions were great hits like “El Marne”, “La Cachila”, “Lagrimas, “Maipo”, “Viborita” and “Derecho Viejo”…he had met Delia Lopez “La Chiquita” in a brothel in the town of Bragado where he had been hired to play; she was seductive, enchanting, self-possessed and for reasons even he did not understand he fell for her like he had never done so before in his life…he would write two tangos for her “Delia” and “Nariz”…Eduardo Arolas (from the original Lorenzo Arola) was born to French immigrant parents Henri Arola and Marguerite Saury in the neighborhood of Barracas, Buenos Aires.


From an early at age he began demonstrating precocious musical ability and became self-taught in a number of musical instruments although he finally devoted himself to the the age of 17 he composed his first tango “Una Noche de Garufa” which Francisco Canaro had to transcribe for him as he did not write music; the next year he formed his first orchestra… was the beginning of a prolific career and a tragic life…money was not a problem, the success of his compositions made him a man of means and he made the most of it living the bohemian life of a dandy with fine champagne, the cigarette in a very long cigarette holder and gold rings over his gloves…bordellos were his preferred places and at times he was also a pimp to a select clientele….but Delia never left his soul; alcohol soothed the pain…it is said that during performances he frequently had a bottle of gin next to him but nevertheless he was a brilliant and energetic performer and was much in demand……that night, September 29, 1924, the nurses asked him about friends or  loved ones; he mouthed that he had non and with only a kind nurse by his side, at 6:55 in the afternoon, murmuring “Delia” he closed his eyes for the last time.


  • CLICK HERE – to see “La Yunta Trio” play Eduardo Arolas’s  “Nariz” which was inspired by Delia’s particular habit of touching her nose with her fingers

1940, December 12 – HECTOR MAURE’S 1ST RECORDING

He dreamed of being a boxing champion and one particular evening’s match was especially  important in his promising career which everyone was whispering about but in the seventh round, a hard right which seemed to come out of nowhere, sent him to the canvass for the ten count….within a few days he received  some hard news, he was seriously injured and would not be able to box again; it is then that he decided to devote himself exclusively to singing…Hector Maurè was born on March 13, 1920 (Pisces) in the neighborhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires to a struggling Italian immigrant father and a mother from Lugo, Galicia…he had to quit school early to work to help the family make ends meet..his boxing dreams now spent, he began singing in neighborhood family celebrations and festivals…one day, encouraged by friends and not at all sure of himself, he made his debut at the Cafe Rio De La Plata where to his surprise and delight the public liked him and he got a contract for three months…other temporary gigs were to follow


The following year he had his first break when Anselmo Aieta asked him to sing part-time with his orchesta…that same year he entered the celebrated Puloil Soap Tango Contest on Radio Belgrano…out of 5000 applicants, 10 finalists were chosen whose final test was a radio performance…Hector sang two tangos “Lo Han Visto Con Otra” and “Confesion”; by vote of the public he was finally declared the winner…his award was a six month contract and 500 pesos a month; quite a substantial sum in those days…another milestone occurred when he was one of several candidates for the then marquee orchestra of Juan D’arienzo and eventually he was selected…it is indeed with the Juan D’arienzo orchestra that he made his first recording “Flor De Mal” composed by Juan Carlos Gravis; he was to make a total of 293 recordings in his career…..on January 1, 1945 he began his career as a soloist singing on Radio Belgrano with his own orchestra..his success was breathtaking; he was in constant demand in Buenos Aires and Uruguay and even made a trip to France…he had indeed come a long way from the young promising boxer whose career had been destroyed by a hard right in the seventh round that had out of nowehere… evening in 1976, at his home, in the midst of a career branching on several fronts, he suddenly and unexpectedly had a heart attack and passed away; he was 56 years old.


  • CLICK HERE – to hear Hector Maurè sing “Dime Mi Amore” (Tell me my love) composed by Rodolfo Sciamarella with lyrics by Manuel Romero which was a hit for both him and the Juan D’arienzo Orchestra

1924, December 5 – STAGE PREMIERE OF “EL CIEGO”

In the early part of the century, stage plays were the preferred method of entertainment and it was also the preferred setting to debut a new tango…a successful debut of a new tango in a stage play could mean fame and fortune for its composer…this was exactly the dream of composer Antonio Scatasso when he premiered his tango “El Ciego” in the play “Chi Lo Sa” written by Cesar Bourel which premiered at the Apollo Theater in Buenos Aires…Antonio Scatasso born February 28, 1886 (Pisces) In Naples Italy had very little education and in fact he was a rough, aggressive, uncouth person but he was also a musical prodigy…


At the age of four his poor family had emigrated to Buenos Aires in the hope of a better life…Antonio learned to play the mandolin, the guitar and the bandoneon with almost no training of any kind; later he would also become a composer of simple and melodic tangos much beloved by the public especially theater audiences…his first professional debut, around 1907, was with the mandolin alongside violinist and future legend, Francisco Canaro…later he performed at the Cafe El Parque but this time on bandoneon which he had mastered…in 1933 he met Ignacio Corsini at the Teatro Smart; a long and productive collaboration was to ensue including memorable performance at the Radio Nacion….he was always close to the theater, toward the end of his life in management…among his numerous compositions were some great hits for some of which he not only composed the music but wrote the lyrics as well



The story is told of a young lady present at pianist Linda Lee Thomas’s performance of “Invierno Porteno” who was so moved by the music that she burst into sobs….Inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, “Invierno Porteno” (Winter in Buenos Aires) is the second of Astor Piazzolla’s “Cuatro Estaciones Portenas” (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) which was written over a period of six years in the 1960s and which has caught the attention of world-wide audiences…in fact classical music orchestras are beginning to program The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, alongside those of Vivaldi’s…for example in the year 2000, renown violinist Gidon Kremer, released a highly acclaimed album called “Vivaldi and Piazzolla, Eight Seasons”…of  the four, Invierno Porteno is perhaps the most beloved of Piazzolla’s quartet…recently Japanese World champion skater, Daisuke Takahashi clinched the Grand Prix NHK Trophy with an inspired performance skating to “Invierno Porteno”


Astor Piazzolla, an only child, was born on March 11, 1921 (Pisces) in Mar De Plata Argentina…when he was four years old, the family moved to New York City where at the age of eight, his father bought him his first bandoneon …in 1936 the family moved back to Mar De Plata and it is here that Astor began to play in a number of tango orchestras….Carlos Gardel was a friend of the family and in fact Astor played the part of a paper boy in his film “El Dia Que Me Quieras”… day he happened to hear Elvino Vardaro’s Sextet on the radio and his alternative ways of interpreting tango was to have a great influence on him…in 1954 he was awarded a scholarship by the French government and he went to Paris to study under Nadia Boulanger who, after hearing him play tango says to him “Here is the true Piazzolla, never let him go, do not abandon your roots”…with its elements of jazz and classical music Tango Nuevo is born



Special Event – inspired by the tango “Caminito”, on this date, in the neighborhood of La Boca, in honor of its legendary composer and lifelong resident, Juan de Dios Filiberto, the street was declared officially opened…it was to become in time the mythical “Caminito de La Boca”…composed in 1926, “Caminito” was inspired by the narrow road Filiberto used to take to go to his job as a mechanic and along which, from a window, the tender voice of a young smitten girl would greet him everyday with, “Hola Juanito”…..”Caminito” would become one of the most played and recorded tangos in history…


Juan de dios Filiberto, (March 8, 1885, Pisces) born in La Boca was a descendant of a General and a Ranquel indian…this mixture of Italian and aboriginal blood was to have a great influence on his music; in fact his “Caminito” has an indian theme…as a youth Filiberto was extremely rebellious, and hostile; he was forced to leave school at the age of 9…he began a series of jobs in hard labor; as a blacksmith, a stevedore, a metal fitter but inside his head he heard music especially Beethoven“he was my music god”, he was to say later….at the age of 25, uneducated, coarse and uncouth, he did an unheard of thing, he entered music conservatory…in time a composer of some of the most beloved tangos in history was to emerge.



Alberto Moran, singer (Pisces) – after 10 years with the Osvaldo Pugliese orchestra, following a trend of the 50s, he broke out on his own, recording 2 tangos; “No Te Enganes Corazon” (don’t deceive yourself heart) and “Avergonzado” (shamed)…for the recording he comissioned the pianist Armando Cupo to form a back up orchestra.


Moran arrived in Buenos Aires a poor boy of 4  from the town of Strevi in Northern Italy…he had little schooling and in fact he never studied either music or singing. Discovered by Pugliese, in time he was to become an idol, retaining popularity even after a bohemian lifestyle had greatly diminished his singing voice.


  • CLICK HERE to hear Moran with the Armando Cupo orchestra singing  “Mas Solo Que Nunca” (more alone than ever) written by Federico Leone in 1944 (lyrics by Enrique Dizeo)

1969, 2 August – LAST PERFORMANCE !

Rodolfo Biagi…last performance of a truly great leader and composer,… at the Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires…(he dies 41 days later)


Born into a family of dire poverty, he leaves school at a very young age…against the consent of his parents he begins to play piano in silent movie houses…one evening, in the theater happened to be  Juan Maglio “Pacho” who invited Rodolfo to join his orchestra…he was 15                                                                                                          ________________________________________

  • Click here to see him play one of  his great hits “Quiero Verte una Vez Mas” (I want to see you for the last time) written by Mario Canaro in 1938 (lyrics by Jose Maria Contursi)