Archive for the ‘ Virgo ’ Category

1972, July 27 – NELLY OMAR RETURNS TO THE STAGE

When Juan Peron was overthrown, one evening Nelly Omar had her home invaded and ransacked by soldiers; she was considered a Peronist and dangerous and all of a sudden there was no more work for her…the radio stations would not play her music and her public appearances came to a stop…there was a period when she tried to downplay her involvement; that she wasn’t really a Peronist, that she wasn’t political….she downplayed the significance of having recorded the milonga “Soy La Descamisada” a theme song for Peronism….much later in life in a radio interview she claimed to dearly love Juan Peron and Evita and that she was an ardent Peronist…a very proud woman, she once said that she never went hat-in-hand to anyone and that the only one who had helped her had been Evita who as a fan…in any case when the military took over she went first to Uruguay and then to Venezuela and in disgust disappeared from the public eye until Jose Canet, guitarist and composer, convinced to come out of retirement…they recorded and did a series of public performances together

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Nelly Omar was born on September 10, 1911 (Virgo) in the city Guamin…her father an immigrant from Genova, Italy was a ranch foreman who in his spar time loved to sing and strum the guitar…he was a true friend to Carlos Gardel who Nelly remembers seeing for the first time when he was at their home….she began to study music and dance; at the age of 13 she auditioned for a folk group “Cenizas de Fogon” which performed on radio as well and got accepted…she continued developing her career on Radio…she joined the group “Cuadros Argentinos” , a theater company which was led by two brothers Julio and Alfredo Navarrine who wrote many tangos still popular today…there she met and eventually married Antonio Molina…the marriage lasted eight years but she was to say, “I knew it was a mistake after the first few months”…she later had an affair with the legendary lyricist Homero Manzi whose “Ninguna” may have been inspired by her…she appeared in two films “Canto de Amor” in 1940 and “Melodias de la America” in 1942…in December of  1997, at the age of 86 she recorded a CD…incredibly, at the age of 101 she is still going strong; still as feisty and fiery as ever

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2005, July 20 – THALIA RELEASES “AMAR SIN SER AMADA”

She had fallen into deep depression and was ready to give it all up…she had just released her first album “Thalia” but its suggestive lyrics  made it highly controversial and she was banned by a number of radio stations in her native Mexico…her mother, her manager, with calm and reason as well as love, talked to her, “you can quit now and devote yourself to studying a profession or you can make up your mind to overcome it all”...Thalia, with steely determination, went on to become not only an international singing sensation but an entrepreneur and a best-selling author as well…she has said, “in order to have success, you must have discipline”…part of that success has been her devotion to the practise of yoga; inspired by Nadia Comaneci, one of her early dreams was to become a gymnast…her other dream, was to become a biologist and scientist like her father who was a pathologist and writer…when she was five years old her father died unexpectedly; it was a devastating blow; for one year she was mute and doctors were hard-pressed to find a medical reason…

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But success has brought its challenges as well…scheduled to marry her beloved boyfriend Alfredo Diaz Ordaz, he contracted hepatitis and died  suddenly; “no one will ever know how much I cried” she was to say…her two sisters were kidnapped in Mexico city; they were released 30 days later presumably after a sizeable ransom had been paid…Thalia was born in Mexico City on August 26, 1971 (Virgo)…she started singing at the age of 10 in a children’s group…four years later she was cast in the mexican version of Grease as the lead “Sandy”….her recordings in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Filipino have sold 40 million albums world-wide …on July 20, 2005 she released “Amar Sin Ser Amada” which is a tango sung in a pop rock beat……the english version “To Love Without Being Loved” was written by Thalia herself…the song advises women who are heart-broken to leave it all behind and to remember the pain to avoid a reoccurence…it reach number two on Billboards “Hot Latin Tracks”…Thalia learned to love tango through her best friend Cynthia who is from Buenos Aires; in fact she considers Argentina as her second country…her first album in English “Thalia” with rapper Fat Joe sold over 150,000 copies in the United States within the first few weeks….in 2007 she published a book  “Thalia” which was a best seller…she married to music mogul Tommy Motola…she said of her first child Sabrina Sakae, “my baby girl is the best thing ever…it is my best project” she says

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1983, December 25 – ARMANDO PONTIER COMMITS SUICIDE

Perhaps his tragic ending was somehow foretold in his moving, heart wrenching music; tangos like “Trenzas”, “Corazon No Le Hagas Caso”, “Cada Dia Te Estrano Mas”; he was to compose many beloved tangos in his career…Armando Pontier was born on August 29, 1917 (Virgo) in the town of Zarate just outside of Buenos Aires to a very poor family…his dream was to play piano but that was too expensive; one day, to the thrill of young Armando, his father showed up with a bargain bandoneon which he had bought from a street vendor for a few pesos…with considerable sacrifice, he enrolled him in the Juan Ehlert music school where he befriended two other boys who themselves would become legends of tango, Enrique Francini and Hector Stamponi…

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All three were invited by maestro Ehlert to play in his personal musical ensemble…it is with Francini that he forms his first orchestra…their major break came when they were invited to play for the grand opening of Tango Bar on September 1, 1945…a key event in his career occurred when Radio Belgrano invited him form a staff orchestra; he was to have a 10 year-long association with that station…his period with the Miguel Calo orchestra was an especially fecund one for him, producing some of his most important work…he was especially smitten with the culture of Japan; he made two successful tours there…fourteen of his compositions in collaboration  with Anibal Troilo, were recorded by Roberto Goyeneche….depression was a problem that he had battled with for many years; for mysterious reasons, the pain of existence was difficult for him to bear…on Christmas Day of 1983, this time he was not able to silence the voices that haunted him and he took his own life…about tango he was to say, “tango is no accident…a person who loves tango, had tango in him when he was still in his mother’s womb”

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1996, November 19 – JULIO RELEASES “TANGO”

“Tango” became Julio Iglesias’ number one set album on Billboard Top Latin Albums and that same year won  the World Musica Award…in 1998 it was awarded a nomination for a Grammy Best Latin Pop Album; his competition included his own son Enrique for his album “Vivir”…it is comprised of 12 of tango history’s top classics including “La Cumparsita”, “A Media Luz” and  “El Choclo”…one critic said of the album “Iglesias’ emotional commitment to these 12 songs is palpable, he involves himself so completely in every song that one is almost surprised he can walk away from one song to begin the next”…Julio has sold over 260 million records worldwide in 14 languages and released 77 albums; he is one of the top 10 best-selling music artists in history.

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Julio (born September 23, 1943, Virgo), is the son of a Galician physician who had fought for General Franco during the Spanish Civil War and a jewish mother…Julio was a professional soccer player when a truck ran him off the road and his car flipped… after 14 hours of surgery he awoke completely paralyzed from the waist down…with iron will determination and the devotion of his father, Julio pursued rehabilitation and was eventually able to move again…to pass the time he would play guitar and thus, relatively late in life, discovered his love of singing…his career was launched in 1968 when he won the Benidorn International Song Festival with “La Vida Sigue Igual” …meanwhile his father, at the age of 86, married 37-year-old african american Ronna Keitt and the couple had two children; he passed away 8 days after the birth of his second child at the age of 90…Julio says of his singing, “My goal is to make people dream…I seduce them but I must seduce myself first.”

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1947, October 22 – Nelly Omar Records “Desde El Alma”

Recording – recorded with the Francisco Canaro Orchestra, this was to be Nelly Omar’s biggest hit and to this day there is probably not a milonga anywhere in the world that does not play this tango….”Desde el Alma” was originally written in 1911 by 14-year-old Rosita Melo who born in Montevideo but raised in Buenos Aires…it was recorded by Roberto Firpo for the first time soon after its composition but there were infinite versions recorded thereafter however non were to be more popular than the version by Nelly Omar  …the lyrics for this version were written by Homero Manzi for the filmPobre Mi Madre Querida”

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Nelly Omar (September 10, 1911 Virgo) was born in the city of Guami, west of Buenos Aires…her father, a ranch foreman, was a guitar player and friend of Carlos Gardel…very proud, she was finally helped in her career, without her asking, by Evita but when Juan Peron was overthrown, she was blackballed and had to leave the country to find work…many years later she recalled as a child seeing Gardel in her house “he was fat and his hair was straight and parted in the middle”…Rosita Melo went on to become an acclaimed pianist giving concerts in classical music in the most prestigious concert halls and winning numerous awards including one gold metal.

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  • CLICK HEREhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72aRCJHRt_o to hear Nelly sing the hit version with the Francisco Canaro Orchestra….the lyrics of the opening stanza say, “dear heart, if you have been so hurt, why do you choose to cry for what is lost, to seek what you have loved, to call out for what has died…it avails nothing to be sad, you did not deserve your pain for you were noble in your love”

1905, September 22 – BIRTH OF JOAQUIM MORA

Composer, Pianist, Bandoneonist (Virgo) – of  mixed African descent, he was born in Buenos Aires…he began to study music at the age of 11…by the age of 16 he had graduated from the conservatory as a professor of piano and he began to play at the “La Argentina” saloon, his first gig…his first break came at the age of 18, when he was accepted as pianist for the Graciano de Leon Quartet…

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He wrote his first tango, Viejo Barrio” in 1928…Divina, perhaps his most beautiful tango was written in 1934; many others were to follow…in 1930 he was invited to join the band that accompanied Azucena Maizani on her tour of Europe…he settled finally in Panama but in 1978, after 35 years, seriously ill, he returned to Buenos Aires saying “I was tired of feeling  myself an alien and so I have come back home”…but everything was different; his friends were no more and memories were all changed and so quietly, he returned to Panama where he passed away on August 2, 1979

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1890, September 20 – birth of JUAN ANDRES CARUSO

Poet (Virgo) – born in the town of La Plata, he became orphaned very young and he found himself in the big city a victim of child labor…his first contact with the theater occurred when he got a job as a “claque”, a hired applauder…through a job in a printing agency in the town of Bahia Blanca, he discovered a passion for writing….eventually the editor the local newspaper notices him and  mentores the young man into becoming  a journalist…

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In 1910 through a lucky break, he meets Francisco Canaro with whom he will be a friend and collaborator for his whole life…for Canaro he writes his first tango “Cara Sucia” which becomes a hit…. he comes to attention of Carlos Gardel for whom, in time, will write the lyrics for 38 of his tangos ….. Among his over thirty works for theater, the first, “Nobleza de arrabal”, premiered in 1919 at the Teatro Variedades ….in 1931 he marries the actress Eva Quiroga and in the midst of a blossoming career and life, he is suddenlystruck with an illness with which he struggles but to which he finally succumbs at the age of 41.

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  • CLICK HEREhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuOBEgUXj50 to hear Jorge Falcon sing “La Ultima Copa(one last drink) written by Francisco Canaro and lyrics by Juan Andres Caruso….the text is the dialog of a man who seeks to drown his sorrows with champagne for a woman whom he loves and has left him