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1983, February 20 – “CHANY” DEAD AT 28

Luis Hernandez, an accomplished, self-made man, was stunned at his sense of powerlessness; his beloved Rossana was dying and he could do nothing about it…he had brought her to his country retreat away from everything where hopefully with his love and attention and prayer she might recover and yet inspite of it all, she was deteriorating…they were resigned to the inevitable but at least they could still get married, doctors assured them that there was time for that and so with great delight, they immersed themselves into the plans for that beautiful day ; but fate would deny them even this for on the evening on February 20, 1983 with him by her side, holding her hand, whispering of better things to come, she passed away…she was 28 years old…Rossana Ines Falasca “Chany” was born in Humbolt, Argentina on Aril 27, 1953 (Taurus) to Ado, a struggling  Italian immigrant tailor and Filomena Theler daughter of Swiss immigrants; she was the third of six children in a family full of music…

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Her father was a singer and in the evenings he had his own little group which brought in a little extra money…already from a young age Rossana was different, sensitive, inquisitive, philosophical and in fact later she would be a student of Zen and a practitioner of yoga….when Rossana was ten years old, Ado noticed her singing spontaneously in perfect pitch and he was inspired to create a singing duo of  ”Ado and Chany”…one day in a performance at the town of Rafaela, a producer from the show “Grandes Valores del Tango” heard Rossana sing and invited them to Buenos Aires…at her audition she sang one of the only two tangos she knew “Madreselva”; the response was electrifying and at the age of 16 she was offered a four-year contract…from there her career very quickly took off…in November of 1982 during a routine medical examination a malignant tumor was detected and she was immediately rushed to surgery; the prognosis however was not good…dealing with fear and pain, Rossana courageously continued her career completing tours of Latin America and the United States where she lived for a while…she was to star in three films…at her funeral one of  the legions of  her fans said, “I was only ten years old when I first heard you….you gave me the gift of so much tenderness and you shall always be in my heart”

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  • CLICK HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CosGKs3YS1Y to see “Chany” sing in her last performance “Soledad” where the lyrics say, “I refuse to hear that from, your sweet life, you have torn me out…my soul pleads hopelessly for the call that will never arrive”

2002, February 2 – Dutch Crown Prince Weds Argentinean

The beautiful princess, robed in an ivory-coloured, silk, Valentino gown with a five-metre lace train sitting next to handsome Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, could contain herself no longer and as the orchestra played Piazzolla’s “Adios Nonino” large tears began to roll down her eyes and she caressed the prince’s hand with her thumb…yes she was latin after all, she had said as much in an interview, “I am Latin and I will continue being Latin…I dance, I sing and I will keep on dancing and singing.” …for Maxima Zorreguietta, born May 17, 1971 in Buenos Aires (Taurus), this was a moment which surpassed even her wildest dreams…little did she realize who that blond young man was, whom she met in Sevilla Spain that day; all he said was that his name was “Alexander” and when he came to New York to visit her, she had to jar her memory a bit to remember who he was…later when he said he was a Prince, she laughed; she thought he was joking…among the dignitaries present at the wedding ceremony that day, were Prince Charles from the United Kingdom, the kings of Sweden, Norway and Belgium, the queen of Denmark, Crown Prince Naruhitoof Japan,  and Queen Noor from Jordan…acclaimed violinist Vadim Repin played Carlos Gardel’s “Por Una Cabeza”

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Conspicuously absent was the father of the bride Jorge Zorreguietta…he had served as a high level minster for the brutal dictatorship of General Jorge Videla; the same one who instigated the “dirty war” in which 10,000 to 30,000 men, women and children disappeared…when the news of the impending wedding came out it created a firestorm in the Dutch Parliment…an investigation was conducted which concluded that it was highly unlikely that a minster of that level did not know of the government’s campaign of atrocities…the issued was finally settled when the father elected to not attend the wedding…the streets outside were a mass of orange as 80,000 spectators waited in the winter sunshine for a glimpse of the couple who finally appeared in a gilded carriage, escorted by more than 200 royal grenadiers on foot and on horseback…Princess Maxima smiled generously and waved to everyone; in time her popularity would surpass even that of the Crown Prince….And does the Crown Prince dance tango ? “I keep trying to push him” say Princess Maxima,“His hips are a little rigid”.

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1955, June 13 – TITO LANDO RECORDS “PREDESTINADA”

The lyrics speak of two separated lovers reflecting with regret on dreams not realized even though they loved each other, “it was sadly predestined” the text says…the lyrics were written by poet Julio Camilloni who was born May 11, 1911 (Taurus) in Ancona Italy but moved with his parents to Buenos Aires when he was three years old …growing up in an impoverished home, he had a passion for books and poetry; he was eleven years old when he wrote his first line of verse…later as an adult he would be much-loved and respected by his contemporaries…it was on one of his customary night life outings that he would meet Antonio Blanco the violinist for the Alfredo Gobbi Orchestra…Blanco would  add music to his early poems including “Predestinata”; their best hit together was “La Ultima”…his tango “Hasta El Ultimo Tren” was awarded first prize at the Festival of Tango and Song in 1969; in second place was “Balada Para Un Loco” by poet Horacio Ferrer which would become a legendary hit in the hands of Roberto Goyeneche

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“Predestinato” was recorded by Tito Landò with the Alfredo Gobbi orchestra…already as a child Tito demonstrated the strong will which would help him become an accomplished tango singer at a time of immense and talented competition…as a child he sang  at school events but he was restless and he quit school to work but his dream was to become a singer…at the age of fifteen he was already getting short singing gigs at celebrated venues like “Tango Bar” and “La Armonia”…in 1954 after a trying period as a soloist, he finally accepted an offer from Alfredo Gobbi to join his orchestra…he began developing a name with their appearances on Radio El Mundo…it is during this time that he was drafted into the navy and he continued singing with the orchestra but now in military uniform…he made his last recording in Colombia in 1975

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1905, June 10 – BIRTH OF PINTIN CASTELLANOS

Composer, Leader, Pianist (Taurus) – his “La Punalada”, a milonga, recorded by Juan D’arienzo in 1950 would become the first million selling tango in history…he would publish over 200 pieces most of which would be forgotten but “La Punalada” would render his name immortal…he premiered “La Punalada” one evening at the Carrasco Night Club where he played nightly…the story is told, that he felt that the crowd was impatient and wishing to finish playing he sped up the tempo whereby he noticed that the crowd began paying attention and thus discovering that he had a genuine hit…D’arienzo played it for the first time at the celebrated Cafe Tupi Nambà and recorded it for the first time on April 27, 1937…

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However, it was when he re-recorded it six years later that it had an enormous success…the legendary Francisco Canaro recorded it twice, once as a tango and the second time as a milonga…it is estimated that “La Punalada” was recorded over 127 times…Pintin Castellanos was born in Montevideo where as a boy he was exposed to the negro candombe beat he heard on the streets; in fact it is precisely that beat, present in milongas, which is so mermerizing…at the age of fourteen he composed his first tango “El Pirata”, (the pirate)…in 1939 he formed his own orchestra which had Alfredo Gobbi as violinist…among his compositions were “El Pajaro Muerto” composed in homage to Carlos Gardel which was recorded by Charlo

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1912, May 14 – BIRTH OF ALFREDO GOBBI

Leader, Composer, Violinist, Pianist (Taurus) – through his unique way of feeling and expressing tango, this shy and sensitive violinist was to a major influence on legendary figures who followed him….the great Astor Piazzolla idolized Gobbi speaking frequently of his influence and dedicating to him his renown “Retrato de Alfredo Gobbi”…Alfredo Gobbi was born in Paris; his father Alfredo Eusebio Gobbi, originally from Uruguay, was himself a celebrated singer and composer and one of the early pioneers of tango….along with his wife Flora they formed a celebrated duo “Los Gobbis” who were a hit in Paris…working with them there was the legendary Angleo Villoldo who would also become Alfredo’s godfather…in time the couple returned to Buenos Aires and Alfredo grew up in the neighborhood of Villa Ortuzar…Alfredo began studying violin and it soon became evident that he was a gifted musician…his father dreamed of seeing his son as a great classical violinist but against his father’s strenuous opposition, Alfredo began to gravitate toward tango…

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Alfredo began working as a “canillita” on the streets selling oranges to raise money to get into the Select Lavalle Cabaret to see the Julio De Caro Orchestra…at age thirteen he made his professional debut playing in modest sidewalk trios…his first break occurred when the legendary Juan Maglio “Pacho” asked him to join his orchestra and later he joined the  Elvino Vardaro Quartet where his two young companions, Anibal Troilo and Osvaldo Pugliese, would one day would be legends…at the age of thirty, he formed his own orchestra which debuted at the San Souci Cabaret and soon after that, they headlined on the influential Radio El Mundo….Alfredo had composed his first tango “Perro Fiel” (Faithful Dog) at the age of 14; many more were to follow including the hit, “Un Tango Para Chaplain”…many singers would form their careers with Alfredo Gobbi including Tito Landò, Alfredo Del Rio and Carlos Yanel…he appeared in three films “Barranca Abajo” in 1937, Loco Lindo in 1936, and Amalia, also in 1936, and directed Luis Moglia Barth who three years earlier had premiered the first sound film in Argentina,  “Tango”

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1902, May 10 – BIRTH OF JEVEL KATZ, “THE JEWISH GARDEL”

Singer, Poet, Comedian (Taurus) – lying in his hospital bed, weak and emaciated he was nevertheless jovial and continued  singing even parodying his own situation…Jevel Katz was in fact “the happiest of all jews”…unexpectedly, he finally passed away at the age of thirty-seven from post op infection…when news of his untimely demise spread, people were incredulous, how could someone who had brought so much joy be dead…at his funeral, the out pouring of love from 40,000 people was unexpected; it was surpassed only by the funeral of Carlos Gardel five years earlier; in fact posthumously Jevel became known as “the Jewish Gardel”…Jevel Katz was born in Vilna Lithuania to a struggling family…as a young boy he began working in a print shop where he was soon entertaining his fellow workers…at the age of twenty-seven he decided to follow his brother to Buenos Aires; just a few years later most of Vilna’s sizable and influential Jewish community would perish in Nazi death camps

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From the moment of Jevel’s arrival in Buenos Aires he fell in love with the city and the country and he decided he would pursue a career in show business….he developed a character, “a street singer”,  who, with spontaneity and grace, parodied everyday life…he was sometimes dressed in a tuxedo or as a gaucho or even as a woman…like Walter Yonsky, he was part of the Jewish theater tradition in Buenos Aires…he would take popular songs and sing them in a dialect of his own invention “castidish” which was a mixture of Yiddish and Spanish and lunfardo…he performed mainly in jewish neighborhoods but also on special programs on Radio Belgrano…he composed over 5oo songs in diverse genres including rancheras, tangos, and fox trots…he was self-taught in a number of musical instruments and used others which he had personally invented…he had signed a contract to perform in the United States, a dream come true…he entered the hospital to have a tonsils related type operation but in recovery he apparently suffered a post op infection resulting in a coma from which he never awoke

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1952, May 9 – BIRTH OF ADRIANA VARELA

Singer (Taurus) – her first performance as a headliner at the Cafe Homero was a disaster; as she sang she was extremely nervous and she dare not look at anyone…the legendary Roberto Goyeneche “El Polaco”, sitting alone at the bar had not even bothered to turn to look at her….all of a sudden he turned and signaled her to approach him; she was mortified and had already started to apologize to him for her performance when he said, “kid, I am going to tell you something, I don’t like women tango singers but you grabbed my soul”…he would become her mentor and she would become the best-selling and the best known tango singer of a generation and undoubtedly one of the best of all time….her extensive fan base would include young people between the ages of 30 – 45 who are not particularly lovers of tango; in this respect, her career resembled that of Julio Sosa…ironically she came to tango late in life; she was originally a rock singer and then the intermission singer at the Cafe Homero on weekdays…one day, one of the main acts on weekends was absent and she was told that she had to substitute; she was terrified

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In 1991 she recorded her first disk, a compilation called “Tango” which made people take notice; she was almost forty years old…two years later she recorded “Maquillaje” with guest singer Roberto Goyeneche for which she was awarded the coveted “Premio Ace”…in 2001 she released “Mas Tango” for which she won the prestigious “Premio Carlos Gardel”..several other albums followed one always more successful than the other…she would eventually conquer audiences all over the world; in Barcelona her delirious fans demanded several encores and applauded for a long time…..she feels that she has realized her parents unspoken dreams; the kind she now has her own two children…“dreams”, she says “are the only thing that saves you from insanity”…in 1991 she appeared in two films “Al Corazon” directed by Mario Sabato and “Plata Quemada” directed by Marcelo Pineyro…Carlos Saura opened his academy award nominated film “Tango” with her singing…she was born in the neighborhood of Avellandea in Buenos Aires and attended an all girls catholic school…as an eighteen year old she became active in politics participating in the communist youth movement and later the Peronist movement…in an interview she was asked what she would say to her beloved mentor “El Polaco” if he were to come back, “Polaco, don’t leave me”, she answered

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