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1938, September 3 – ROBERTO RAY RECORDS “MEDIA VIDA”

The lyrics of “Media Vida” are a retrospective of a long life lived…it says “life has left its scars on my soul…I have seen it in the sad eyes of others…so much has changed and I am no longer the woman that I was”…the author of those lyrics  Enrique Dizeo was the son of poor Italian immigrants…he left school early and walked the streets surviving on occasional odd jobs but while carousing the bars and horse racing stadiums, he discovered a love of poetry and writing…with his first tango “Romantico Bulincito” he began to discover notoriety and to his astonishment, a source of income…he later came to the attention of Carlos Gardel who recorded some of his tangos and encouraged his career…he lived and died alone; his last relationship of 20 years had finally progressed to the marriage stage and in the end, it all sadly fell apart…a recluse, he devoted himself in his simple house to writing tangos until the end of a long life…his soul continues to live in the many popular tangos which today bear his poetry…

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It was recorded by the legendary combination of Osvaldo Fresedo and the voice of Roberto Ray…unlike the overwhelming majority of tango greats, Osvaldo Fresedo came from a rich aristocratic family and there were heated battles with his father who had envisioned much more austere careers for his son…in fact Osvaldo Fresedo’s music appealed to that part of the upper class that dared to admit that they loved tango…he was so popular that he kept several orchestras going simultaneously and Osvaldo would go from club to club to appear with each group for a few minutes before making his presentation at another venue…Roberto Ray with his refined, sensitive style was perfect for the Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestra and in fact they would work together for 30 years…Roberto Ray was born on December 21, 1912 (Sagittarius) in the neighborhood of San Cristobal, Buenos Aires…he started with Osvaldo Fresedo in 1931 and together they would create tangos that have never been out of popularity; hits like the legendary “Vida Mia”, “Niebla de Riachuelo” and “Recuerdo de Bohemia”

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1937, February 22 – ROBERTO RAY RECORDS “SOLLOZOS”

“A man deceived me” she says humiliated and destroyed…the lyrics of “Sollozos” tell of the pity a man feels for a girl he finds sobbing…he notices a locket round her neck with a man’s picture in it; tenderly he counsels her, “forget your past, if he shed no tears for you, shed no tears for him”…originally composed by Osvaldo Fresedo in 1922 with lyrics by his brother Emilio Fresedo, the word “Sollozos” means sobs,; it was a major hit for the mythical combination of Osvaldo Fresedo with singer Roberto Ray…it was first recorded by Rosita Quiroga in 1922 without making much of an impact…through the man’s empathy and concern, she is strengthened; she remembers her mother, she recovers her pride…he remembers nostalgically her pained lips and the smile she gave him…Emilio Fresedo’s lyrics were no small reason for the attainment of his brother’s legendary status; some of their hits together include, “El Once”, “Canto de Amor”, “Siempre Es Carnaval”

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Unlike the overwhelming majority of tango greats, the Fresedo brothers came from a rich aristocratic family and there were heated battles with their father who had envisioned much more austere careers for his sons…in fact Osvaldo Fresedo’s music appealed to that part of the upper class that dared to admit that they loved tango…he was so popular that he kept several orchestras going simultaneously and Osvaldo would go from club to club to appear with each group for a few minutes before making his presentation at another venue…Roberto Ray with his refined, sensitive style was perfect for the Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestra and in fact they would work together for 30 years…Roberto Ray was born on December 21, 1912 (Sagittarius) in the neighborhood of San Cristobal, Buenos Aires…he started with Osvaldo Fresedo in 1931 and together they would create tangos that have never been out of popularity; hits like the legendary “Vida Mia”, “Niebla de Riachuelo” and “Recuerdo de Bohemia”

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1941, January 8 – ALBERTO CASTILLO RECORDS “RECUERDO”

This tango waltz was the first hit for  Dr. Alberto De Luca, gynecologist who in the evening was the idolized singer Alberto Castillo…two years earlier he had decided to quit singing altogether to devote himself to his medical studies….he was seduced to come back by an invitation from Ricardo Tanturi to join his important orchestra….”Recuerdo” was also the first major hit for the Tanturi orchestra; Tanturi, interestingly was himself a dentist…Castillo was to remain with Tanturi for five years producing some notable hits during that period…a year after the release of “Recuerdo”, Alberto graduates from medical school and becomes a board certified gynecologist…he tried to practise medicine but in the mornings he would find his studio full of young ladies waiting to see him and he finally and reluctantly had to give up medicine and devote himself exclusively to singing…there was one famous incident in 1944 whereby, for a concert at the Teatro Alvear, the swarm of people waiting to get in was so huge, that the police had to call in extra forces to control traffic…..

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Alberto was also a naturally gifted actor; he made 12 films starting with “Adios Pampa Mia” in 1946…Alberto Castillo was born in the neighborhood of Floresta, Buenos Aires, the fifth child of immigrants from Teggiano, Italy…very early on he demonstrated great musical ability; he took violin lesson and had the habit of singing no matter where he was or what he was doing…when he was 15 years old he was singing with a group of friends on a street corner when the guitarist Armando Neira happened by and was immediately struck by the voice of the young boy; he invited him to sing with his group….And thus began his career at the age of 15 using the alias Alberto Dual to protect him from his severe father who wanted him to seek a career in medicine

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1884, December 20 – BIRTH OF DOMINGO SANTA CRUZ

Composer, Leader, Bandonist – Inspired by the colorful Uruguayan revolutionary activist Aparicio Saravia da Rosa, Domingo Santa Cruz wrote the tango “Union Civica”; it was an immediate hit and continues to be recorded and played in milongas one hundred years later…at the time that he wrote it, he had to hum it to a friend at the piano, as he was totally uneducated in music…he was to write other popular tangos like “Hernani”, “El Viejo”, “Una Duda”….at age 15 he had an accident, while closing a warehouse door a thick iron bar fell on his face landing on his leg; it was to leave him with a permanent limp and for the rest of his life he would be known affectionately as el “El Rengo…he was born in the neighborhood of El Once, in Buenos Aires…his father had fought in the war in Paraguay and was later a railroad foreman; in his moments of leisure he would play a small bandoneon which he had acquired in  pawn shop for a few pesos…

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From the moment the toddler Domingo, strong-willed in character, touched that bandoneon he was entranced with its sound and he would become an accomplished bandoneonist practically self taught…as a young man he found his first work playing in the neighborhood hangouts, La Morocha Cafe, El Cafe Atenas, the Cafe Tupi Namba in Montevideo often accompanied by his brother who was an accomplished pianist…eventually he and his brother opened a dance school , The Santa Cruz Academy of Popular Dances, where they would sponsor joyous tango dance contests often announced with great fanfare; the prize was more often than not, a handsome tailor-made suit provided by a neighborhood  tailor..Domingo had only one serious vice, he was a heavy smoker and he began to have health problems associated with it..doctors eventually told him that he had an intestinal tumor and that he would have to undergo surgery…a charity event to raise money for his medical expenses was held at which the best musicians of the day performed for free…nevertheless, during recovery broncopheumonia set in and he passed away at the age of 47

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1953, December 19 – BIRTH OF ALBERTO DE LOS SANTOS

The guitar is the symbolic instrument which unites both Argentina and Uruguay; it has been from the beginning, the primary instrument for both tango and folk music in Montevideo and Buenos Aire…it is with this in mind that Alberto De Los Santos, in 1991, founded the Cuarteto De Los Santos; which from its inception has included band members from both Argentina and Uruguay…its success has been phenomenal; it has gone on to conquer critics and audiences all over the world…one critic noted, “rarely in the history of the guitar, have guitars had such a spell binding effect on audiences…the elixar of  “Cuarteto De Los Santos” cuts across age, national and cultural differences”

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Alberto de los Santos was born in Montevideo, Uruguay to a father who was himself a musician and guitarist…from early on his father noticed the musical talent in young Alberto and he began teaching him…when other boys might be anxious to get on the football field or hang out with friends, Alberto was totally devoted to his guitar..his proficiency at a young age surprised even his father… at the age of 13 he was selected among several candidates to form part of a trio; his first professional job…at age 15 he became part of a renown duet called “America” which quickly attained notiriety…he was then invited to become part of the Carlos Paralta guitar ensemble which accompanied the legendary Roberto Goyeneche…he began to be requested in the  groups providing music for television stations in both Montevideo and Buenos Aires by noted maestros like Horacio Salgan…the repertori of Cuarteto De Los Santos has included instrumental versions of famous Argentinian and Uruguayan authors and composers such as A. Piazzolla, A. Zitarrosa, A. Bardi, E. Arolas, Alfonso y Zabala.

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1904, December 18 – BIRTH OF MANUEL BUZON

Singer, Composer, Leader, Pianist (Sagittarius) – in 1924 at the age of 20 a young and struggling Manuel Buzon, a singer and piano player with big dreams, happened to notice from his house, the towers of a radio station which was being constructed…mustering up his courage he went to the station without an appointment and insisted on speaking to the manager; his bravado got him hired…that was the beginning of a storybook ascension culminating just five years later in a performance at the biggest royal palace in Europe, The Royal Palace of Madrid before the King of Spain, His Majesty Alfonso XIII…Manuel Buzon was born in the neighborhood of Flores in Buenos Aires to poor Spanish immigrants…early on he demonstrated an unusual talent in music and started winning fans in the choir of his local church…At the age of eleven, along with a girl classmate, he debuted in a singing duet at the Excelsior Theater to his first standing ovation…

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At the LOY Radio Station he became a regular  and quickly gained a following with his singing and piano playing; he also began composing… his first major break came in October of 1925 when the legendary Rosita Quiroga decided to record one of his compositions “Calle Corazon”; he also organized and led the orchestra for the event…the year after, the respected magazine “Reflejos” featured an article on the young Manuel praising him as a composer calling him “up and coming”….in 1927 Manuel had his first big hit with his tango “Cancionero” which was premiered by Azucena Maizani; the next year another success with his tango “Melodia” which was premiered by singer Alberto Vila…he had a highly acclaimed debut in May of 1928, at the Villa Crespo Cinema where he not only conducted his own orchestra from the piano but sang as well…it is later that year that he embarks on the mythical tour of  Spain beginning in Barcelona and ending in Madrid before the king of Spain where he triumphed with a notable interpretation of the classic  “El Enterriano”…in 1942 he premiered his hit milonga “Mano Brava” on Radio El Mundo…some of his most beloved tangos include “Ojos Negros”, “Tarde Gris” and “Bigotito”

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1970, December 17 – NOTE PUBLISHED ON GARDEL’S FATHER

At the time that the hapless, desperate Maria Berthe Gardes tells Jean Paul Lasserre that she is carrying his child, why did he not marry her ?…these were difficult times for Maria, her father who had been a humble merchant had died suddenly and had left an impoverished  family behind…in desperation Maria and her mother had even once boldly gone to Caracas, Venezuela with a promise of a better life but it had been another disillusionment and with little to show for the venture, they had returned to France…for many years it was believed that Paul Lasserre had not married Berthe because he was already married with numerous children…on December 17, 1970 one Luis Angel Formento published, in La Razon newspaper, a long note on the subject, a note which he claimed had been given to him by Armando Delfino, Gardel’s administrator…the note essentially confirmed what Delfino had stated in his book, that Lasserre was a traveling salesman, married, with children at the time of meeting Berthe; but was he ?…

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Later researchers combing through the archives in Toulouse did locate the birth certificate of one Jean Paul Lasserre born on August 1, 1866…his parents (1.e., Carlos Gardel’s grandparents)  consisted of a father who worked in the manufacturing of carriages and a mother who was an ironing lady, interestingly the same profession as that of Berthe Gardes…the same file however, also revealed that Paul Lasserre had married Ann Marie Broyer in 1998; Carlos Gardel was born in 1890…clearly then, at the time Paul Lasserre was not married, in fact he was one year younger than Berthe…what had happeded, was he already promised to Anne-Marie Broyer...was her age a problem, these were times when the prime marrying age was much younger…had Berthe merely been an adventure with a girl he happened to meet at his mother’s work place; they were both ironing ladies after all… the birth of little Charles was the greatest joy in Berthe’s life, a life in a sea of troubles and it was he that gave her the courage to one day board the steamer, in steerage, for the long trip to Buenos Aires…she arrived there on March 9, 1893 toting a three-year old Charles Gardes who would one day grow up to be the greatest tango legend in history “Carlos Gardel”….sometime after World War I, Paul Lasserre, now a  widower traveled to Buenos Aires to “offer his name” by offering to marry Berthe; she refused…he returned to France and soon afterwards passed away

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  • CLICK HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZweLtHcFmY to hear briefly Berthe Gardes speak briefly about her beloved son followed by Carlos Gardel singiing “Silencio” a tango which he composed; the lyrics are by Alfredo Le Pera