Archive for the ‘ Scorpio ’ Category

1918, November 16 – BIRTH OF AIDA DENIS

Singer (Scorpio) – born in the neighborhood of Boedo, Buenos Aires, as a child of seven she was marveling  her parents with her escapes into singing with perfect diction mimicking singers on radio…her father was her first teacher; he began placing her into neighborhood festivals where she quickly gained a following …one day while listening to his favorite radio station Radio Belgrano, her father heard that the Puloil Soap Company was sponsoring a contest for girl singers and he decided the moment had come for a major test, to the delight of everyone, she won; she was 17 years …she was given an exclusive two-year contract with Radio Belgrano where she was accompanied by the acclaimed Jaime Vila guitar group…

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It was during one of her performances that she met a young man  about whom she would say years later “I loved him from the moment I laid eyes on him”….they married  in 1941 and for eight years she quit show business to devote herself to her family..In 1950 she returned to Radio Belgrano and that led to a collaboration with the orchestra of Roberto Calo; with him she made her first recording “Lagrimas de Sangre” and the milonga “A Mis Manos”…she was sought after by night clubs and was a favorite at “La Armonia” and “El Olmo” and later at the legendary “Cano 14″…In the late 1970s she recorded a new release entitled: “Tres estrellas para el tango” to critical review…toward the end of her career she was a frequent guest at Grande Valores Del Tango on TV Chanel 9 which immortalized her in the memories of her beloved tango world…she once said, “I have never stopped being that girl of seven who each night would sit close to the radio to follow my tangos”

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1895, November 15 – BIRTH OF ENRIQUE DELFINO

Composer, Pianist (Scorpio) – he began to discover tango as a as a toddler watching shyly, half hidden behind the curtains  of the Politeama, a theater tea room in Buenos Aires, which his parents owned; the boy would grow up to be one of the key figures in the history of tango, composing some of its most beloved music….when his parents realized that he had musical inclination they sent him to a musical institute in Torino, Italy to study…it is there that he discovered his love of Puccini’s operas which would so influence him throughout his life…his materpiece “Grisetta” is very clearly a take on La Boheme for example…he had the reputation of being gentile and a gentleman

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His “Milonguita”, is considered the first “tango cancion “; it became an instant hit when it was premiered by Maria Esther Podesta at the old Teatro Opera on May 12, 1920, on occasion of the one-act farce “Delikatessen” by Samuel Linnig….as a youth he exiled himself to Montevideo, away from his parents, to better indulge in bohemian night life; it is during this period that he started composing…with the nickname “Delfy”, he began to perform on stage as a humorist and fantasy piano player with such aplomb that he toured several European countries with his act…As an accompanist he worked with, among others, Sofia Bozan and Azucena Maizani…He composed over two hundred tangos, wrote music for the movies and for numerous theater plays; Carlos Gardel recorded 26 of his numbers….about his music he said, “My tangos are like me, kind of porteño, kind of romantic, kind of nostalgic”

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  • CLICK HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpS8XDbscv8 to hear Enrique Delfino play his composition “A Quel Tapado De Armino” at his home in 1966 at the age of 71; he would pass away a few months after this impromptu performance

1896, November 14 – BIRTH OF JOSE RIAL

Poet (Scorpio) – he was a bit of an odd, simple, extremely modest and shy postal clerk…he was born, lived and died in the neighborhood of Parque Patricios when it was still called “Corrales Viejos”, the birthplace of tango..he had the habit of wearing a suit and a hat with a wide brim tilted backwards and always a black or white neckerchief even when he wore a necktie; he did not wear socks, he was uncomfortable in them….he inherited his love of poetry from his father a poor Spanish immigrant…he bought his first guitar at 17 and in time became a true “payador” a singer with the ability to ad lib lyrics… he was invited to join the gaucho group “Gloria, Patria y Tradición” which became very popular attaining a bit of notoriety

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He started writing lyrics for a group of street musicians and eventually requests from others began to arrive…from the very instant he laid eyes on Gregoria Buzeta, the young daughter of his neighbor, he fell in love with her but his shyness prevented him from talking to her and for months he suffered for it…in one of countless sleepless nights he got up and began to pen a poem to her which the next day he silently presented to her…they eventually married in 1925…when Carlos Gardel chose to record that poem,” Rosas De Otono”, in 1923 he immortalized it and its author…Jose, perhaps out of gratitude, had the habit of paying homage to Gardel at his grave site; on June 24, 1954 he made one of those visit and just two weeks later he was struck by a heart attack and died

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1937, November 12 – BIRTH OF HECTOR MAYORAL

Dancer, Choreographer (Scorpio) – In 2009  fictionalized film of this man’s life and career it describes him as “the greatest dancer of all time”…he plays himself in the film, The Man Who Dances,  which is a collage of the different stages in his life…he grew up in a tough Villa Pueyrredon neighborhood and had to leave school early but his salvation was his love of dance….during the day he worked odd jobs but at night he would hang around the milongas where the old milongueros took him under their wing and showed him how to dance…in one of life’s turning moments, one evening at a milonga he struck by a shy girl standing alone and he asked her to dance..

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Elsa Maria Borquez was from the mythical neighborhood of La Boca who at the age of 8 had started studying ballet, music and art; she would become his life’s and career partner…their destiny would take them, as dancers in the award-winning “Tango Argentino” and “Forever Tango” all over the world….they have danced and taught people like Lady Di, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Robert Duvall, Frank Sinatra, Placido Domingo, Robert Deniro, Mijail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Liza Minelli, Julio Iglesias, Whoopi Goldberg…As innovators, they have developed a new health alternative therapy, “Cardio respiratory benefits during the tango dance”, together with professional scientists from the “Fundación Cardiológica Argentina”….Hector says “when you hear the beat of the tango and it travels through your ear annd into your heart, and it becomes your legs, you feel that you are telling the story of your barrio”

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1980, November 10 – BIRTH OF NOELLIA MONCADA

Singer (Scorpio) – as a child she hated tango, her father would start playing it at 7 in the morning on an old AM radio “it was a depressing sound” she would recall years later… she grew up in a poor neighborhood in the city of Rosario where she was surrounded by a beehive of chatting people, children playing, “asado” cookouts and impromptu guitar singers…one day in primary school, the choir director decided that the children would learn “El Dia Que Me Quieras” and suddenly during a rehearsal, it came to her,she understood tango and understood that it would be her life……her devotion to tango made her a bit of an oddball in school and it is here where, with much determination, she put together her first tango ensemble…at the age of 21 she made a highly courageous decision; to seek her fame in Buenos Aires…

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She began as a street performer doing theater and singing…she would recall the derisive looks of some of the passersby, “they did not understand that the street is the ultimate test and the ultimate teacher; you have to have energy and presence or you starve”...she went through a very difficult period but somehow she managed to eek out a living…she began working in humble night clubs where one day Ignacio Varchausky noticed her and asked her to join his renown orchestra “Arranque”; it was a dream come true…years later, in 2008, it was he who would produce, to critical acclaim, her first CD “A Tiempo” ….her career has taken her to Los Angeles with Horacio Ferrer’s “Maria De Buenos Aires, to Japan and Europe, to performances in Hong Kong with Tango X2 and with the renown Julio Boca Dance Company to the United States and Central America….along the way she found love and a newborn baby.

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1925, November 8 – BIRTH OF NINA MIRANDA

Singer (Scorpio) – One morning while  watering the garden of her home in Montevideo,  she was singing the waltz “A Una Mujer”…a radio soap opera actor happened to walk  by and said, “ah, so it is you that was singing…you should try a contest” she did and she won; she was not yet 13 years old….in the eyes of noted tango historian Ricardo Garcia Blaya, she was the best tango singer to emerge from Uruguay and one who unfortunately never reached her full potential for when she married in 1952, in the bloom of her career, her husband did not want her to continue singing…her talent became evident very early on; at the age of 3 while at church with her mother, a fervent catholic, she inadvertently began singing a popular radio song of the time; mixed in with the embarrassed reprimand that followed, was the marvel at the beauty of her voice

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Her first break came when she was invited to sing with an all girls group “Las Golondrinas” with whom she toured Latin America…in 1952 while waiting in a studio for colleague Ernesto Fama, the orchestra leader noticed her and asked her to substitute immediately in a recording session for a singer that did not work out…she protested saying, “but I don’t know the music, I haven’t practised it”…he responded, “you have a natural ear, you’ll do fine” (in fact she was completely self-taught)…the piece recorded that day,  “Maula”, became an instant major hit…this led to an invitation to perform in the play “Tu Cuna Fue Un Conventillo” which had great success and where she premiered another hit “Tu Corazon”…many events followed including the creation of her own group…she wrote the lyrics to the tango “No Hagas Caso a La Gente” and the music to “Cancion Para Mi Amor” which was recorded by Colombian star Mirta Perez

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1932, November 5 – BIRTH OF ALFREDO DEL RIO

Singer (Scorpio) – the last tango he sang was the milonga “La Duda” (the doubt) at the Club De Los Muchachos, in Buenos Aires; two days later, at the age of 46, he would die of a heart attack…his last thoughts might well have been those of his beloved father, himself a guitar player and singer, who had passionately and lovingly encouraged him as a young boy when his talent began to take wings…Alfredo Del Rio, born in the neighborhood of Parque Patricios in Buenos Aires, was inspired early on by Agustin Magaldi and in fact he was known as a “Magaldian Style” singer

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At the age of 12 he made his debut at the Cafe El Arco Iris…his first break came when the orchestra leader Miguel Angel Giordano happened to come into the cafe one evening and was immediately struck by the boy’s talent; he invited him to join his orchestra and assiduously groomed his voice…on June 25 1954, with the Pedro Laurenz Orchestra, he recorded for the first time; on one side, “Quejas de Bandoneon” by Juan de dios Filiberto and on the other “Cuando Me Entres A Fallar” by Jose Maria Aguilar…the most important event in his career however, was to occur on October of 1954 when he was invited to join the Alfredo Gobbi Orchestra; at the time perhaps the most dynamic… a long and productive collaboration would ensue with Gobbi, highlighted by the recording of “Triste Destino” (unfortunate destiny) which was a major seller for many years which in the 50s, with the popularity of tango now seriously waning, was no small accomplishment.

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  • CLICK HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTN7mnaXXMg to hear Alfredo Del Rio sing “Un Tango Para Chaplin” with the Alfredo Gobbi orchestra…the music is by Alfredo Gobbi and the lyrics are by Bartolomè Bernardo Salas

 

1958, November 4 – BIRTH OF MARTA PIZZO

Poet, Composer (Scorpio) – one critic said of her writings “her poetry walks along the unfathomable depths of human feeling with fine brush pastel sketchings  of our memories, of the nostalgia for the things we fear may be lost forever”…she has written the lyrics to over 40 tangos which have been put to music by noted musicians not only in Argentina but throughout Latin America…her numerous awards have included a first prize in 2004 for her tango “Magia de Malvon” at the Certamen De Tango Hugo De Carril and in 2008, another first prize for her tango “Cada Espera Es Un Adios”…for the acclaimed musical “Herencia Tanguera” she wrote the lyrics for the title song…

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Born in the neighborhood of Villa Luzuriaga in Buenos Aires, already as a child she showed an unusual sensitivity and curiosity; qualities which in adulthood would transform her into a noted journalist with a deep concern for the suffering of  people around her….in August of 2007 she released, to rave reviews, her first book of poetry “Puerta Palabras”…For the Japanese tango singer Anna Saeiki, in some critics’ eyes, the best female tango vocalist of our times, she wrote “Cantar Es Vivir” (to sing is to live)…in one of her lyrics she writes, “perhaps it is for a precious miracle that we wonder through life as music makers”

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  • CLICK HERE – http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgw0XHv_gCY to hear “Lagrimas De Nana” (tears of a grandmother) whose lyrics, written by Marta, are the narration of a grandmother who wonders about her grandchild who has disappeared in the state sponsored violence, the “dirty war”, between 1976-1983…the music is by Maby Escribal

1910, November 2 – BIRTH OF ALFREDO DE ANGELIS

Leader, Pianist, Composer (Scorpio) – out of hundreds of orchestras competing in the 40s, that of Alfredo De Angelis with his popular compositions and his ability to discover good singers would be one of the few to see great commercial success…among its various successful singers, Carlos Dante was to become its signature vocalist…there were those who accused it of being solely a dance orchestra but De Angelis was also innovative as with his dual singer teams like that of Dante – Martel who were to have notable hits like “La Pastora” and “Flores Del Alma” and “Con Alma De Tango”

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Alfredo De Angelis was born in the neighborhood of Adroque, Buenos Aires…early on he impressed his parents with his musical abilities…..the talent of the young man impressed noted singer Juan Gilberti who gave him his first job as an accompanist….his first break came when he was invited to play in the orchestra of Anselmo Aieta which led to gigs in other important orchestras…on march 20, 1941 he debuted with his own orchestra at the Cafe Marzotto…that was followed by an invitation to perform on legendary radio program, Glostora Tango Club…on July 23, 1934 he recorded for the first time for the Odeon Label, an association which was to continue for 34 productive  years

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1921, October 26 – BIRTH OF CARLOS OLMEDO

Singer, Composer (Scorpio) – he died relativel young from a heart attack just when things were finally beginning to come together for him in his career and he left few recording but he was immortalized by some of his compositions which were made into great hits by other singers years after his demise…he was born in Departamento de Rivero, Uruguay but his family soon moved to the mythical Barrio Sur in Montevideo the home of two other tango pioneers Lagrima Rios and Modesto Ocampo…he began singing as a very young man with a voice which in time would be described by one critic as “he has the virtue of creating an intimate and delicate mood with his baritone voice”

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At the age 19 he won a singing contest at the historic Cafe El Ateneo which launched his career…later with another young friend Julio Sosa, who himself would become a renown singer and die young in a car accident, moved to Buenos Aires to seek their fortune….an early break came when he sang at Radio Mitre leading to performances at the Cafe La Armonia where he was applauded enthusiastically by its demanding audiences …he sang with different secondary groups but unfortunately his  tenure with two great orchestras that of Osvaldo Pugliese and that of Anibal Troilo were very brief…singer Alfredo Belusi had great success with two of his compositions “Y No Le Erre” and “Lo Que Voz Te Mereces”; Roberto Goyeneche with his “Por Quererla Asi”and several singers with his “De Puro Curda”

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