Archive for the ‘ Virgo ’ Category

1912 September 18 – birth of Jorge Ortiz

Singer (Virgo) – born in the neighborhood of San Cristobal in Buenos Aires, he began to study singing as a teenager…at the age of 21 he won a singing contest sponsored by Radio Cultura…his first break came when Azucena Maizani happened to hear him sing and was so impressed by his talent that she introduced him to the prestigious Radio Belgrano where he was promptly hired as a staff singer…


He made his debut on record in 1935 with “Dios Lo Sabe” and “Rosalinda”…his first film “Picaflor”, was  released on June 25, 1935, one day after Gardel’s death and consequently  a box office failure …In 1940 he was invited by Rodolfo Biagi to join his orchestra thus creating a mythical team of the 40s and a boom for the Odeon Label…he settled finally  in his beloved  Rio De Janeiro where he died of a heart attack at the age of  77


  • CLICK HERE to hear Jorge, with the Rodolfo Biagi orchestra, sing “Quiero Verte Una Vez Mas” (I want to see you one more time) written by Mario Canaro in 1939 with lyrics by Jose Maria Contursi

1902, September 16 – birth of ANITA PALMERO

Singer, composer (Virgo) – born in Ronda, Andalusia Spain…when she was 15, her mother died and the destitute family moves to  Casa Blanca…it is there, and then Gibraltar,  that, at a very early age she began singing on stage…in 1925 a break came when she was accepted in the Romea Theater  Company in Madrid….


With Romeo, she toured Mexico and Cuba arriving finally in Buenos Aires where, in time,  she becomes  the lover of Jose Razzano, Gardel’s agent…she made her debut on Radio Argentina in 1930 initiating a successful career… she married twice, miraculously surviving two shots from a gun from her enraged second husband…she authored the milonga “Burrero Seco” which was based on his ruination as a result of investments  in  race horses…she died in Buenos Aires at the age of 84.


1955, September 15 – BIRTH OF LUIS FILIPELLI

Singer, Lyricist (Virgo) – A protegé of Roberto Goyeneche, he was born in Buenos Aires to a cultured family; his mother was a piano teacher and his father was a lover of literature…at the age of 10 he joined the children’s choir at the Colon Theater…at the age of 16 he won a singing contest held on the television program “Grandes Valores Del Tango”


By the next year he was performing at all the major venues including the legendary “Cano 14” where he shared the stage with the legends of tango. In 1978 he received the distinction “Best Tango interpreter” at the Festival of Piriapolis in Uruguay…In 1979 he cut his first album…as a lyricist some of his best work is evident in “Tu Nombre Entre Mis Manos” (your name within my hands) withmusic by Alberto Di Paulo and “Un Episodio Mas” (one more episode) by Osvaldo Berlingieri


1896, September 13 – birth of TITO LUSIARDO

Dancer (Virgo) – he was born in El Ferrol but raised in the neighborhood of San Telmo in Buenos Aires… …as a young man of 14 he was selected to carry the tail of the dress of Princess Isabella of Spain when she was in Buenos Aires for the Centennial of 1910..he started working as a stage hand for the Teatro Nacional.


His break came in 1918 when he acted and danced, in a borrowed tuxedo,  in the play “El Cabaret”… from then on he was a favorite with the critics…he would appear in innumerable stage productions and  nearly 40 movies always playing essentially the same part, the happy-go-lucky dancer…in March of 1977 as a guest on “Grandes Valores del Tango”, he suffered a stroke from which he never recovered passing away 5 years later.


  • CLICK HERE – to see Tito dance in the film “Buenas Noches Buenos Aires”, 1969,…he is dancing to a milonga called “La Trampera” written by Anibal Troilo who is shown briefly in the clip playing his the bandoneon

1919, September 12 – birth of Roberto Perez Prechi

Composer, Bandoneonist, Leader (Virgo) – at the age of 18, along with two other friends, he formed his first trio… they knew only six tangos… they couldn’t even get an audition and finally found their first audience among the workers of a sugar refinery getting paid in spare change…in 1950 he was recruited by Osvaldo Fresedo with whom would ensue a glorious 30 year association including arranging and composing.


In 1958 with his own orchestra, he introduced innovative forms including the use of a french horn…thru a brother-in-law, his music was presented to Astor Piazzola who recorded his “De Mi Bandoneon“. ..his “Capricho de Amor” reached international acclaim when Dizzie Gilesppie chose to record it…he went through a period of deep depression when his first wife died, “I poured my pain into my music”…out of that period emerged his tango “Seras” (you will be)


1936, September 10 – premiere of “RADIO BAR”

Film – written and directed by Manuel Romero, is a comedy set in a radio studio and a night club satirizing radio sponsors… the film was conceived as a vehicle for catapulting singer Alberto Vila  into Gardelian like, international success (who left show business at the height of a successful career to become a businessman)


Romero (born Sept 21, 1891 Virgo), son of impoverished Andalusian immigrants and  known for his bad temper and a serious gambling vice, produced around 53 tango films…he began as a teenage journalist and went on to become a highly successful tango lyricist and a playwriter producing around 180 plays…he wrote and shot very quickly to the dismay of his critics but his audience loved his films where they could finally see the people they heard on radio



Composer, Pianist, Leader (Virgo) – born in the town of San Fernando, at a very young  age he began classical studies in piano, composition and harmony…later he traveled to Bologna Italy where, at the age of 20, he obtained a master’s degree in composition… he planned to remain in Europe where a promising career awaited him but the advent of the Great War forced him to return to Argentina.


He was performing with a classical group where by chance he got introduced to Jazz… the first orchestra he led was name River Jazz Band; in the 30s he transitioned to tango and a brilliant career was blossoming…..but suddenly something changed; in 1935 he began to withdraw from the world and devoted himself exclusively to teaching in his small town… for decades he was forgotten…there were rumors that a painful unresponded love  had turned him into a recluse…he died unmarried, alone, at the age of 54


  • CLICK HERE to hear the Carabelli orchestra play “Alma” written 1932 by Federico Scorticatti. The lyrics are by Juan Sarcioni and the voice is Alberto Gomez.