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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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1926, July 19 – ROSITA QUIROGA RECORDS “PATO”

In lunfard0, the Buenos Aires dialect,  the word “Pato” means “poor”…the lyrics say, “I saw you pass by with a haughty air, your face all made up, in an elegant car with your rich woman…I said “Hi” and you pretended not to know me but I know you and you were poor and you will always be poor…one day that woman will leave you and you will be back to scrounge in our neighborhood !…the music and lyrics were composed by Ramon Collazo who was born in Montevideo in 1901 to a struggling Italian immigrant family…as a composer, he had a number of successes but non more than “Pato” which was also recorded by Carlos Gardel in Spain…Rosita Quiroga was the first female tango singer in the payador tradition…she grew up in a destitute family but in her life she would achieve fame and financial success even though she ended her career at the age of 35; she was not fond of public performances…

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She learned to play guitar from the legendary Juan De Dios Filiberto who was her neighbor in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires…in her singing, she unashamedly used the slang and the vulgar language she heard in her neighborhood from the dock workers and cart drivers…her first tango was “La Tipa” recorded around 1923…one journalist called her “the Piaf from the outskirts of Buenos Aires”…she continued to make occasional radio appearances; she was the first tango singer to be heard in Japan in 1938; she would return there 32 years later…in 1976 she was cajoled to appear in her only film “El Canto Quenta Su Historia” in which also starred Anibal Troilo, Tita Merello and Angel D’agostino…in 1984 she made her last recording “Campaneando Mi Pasado” for which she wrote the music; the lyrics were written by Luis Alposta who besides being a noted lyricist was also her personal physician…32 days later she would pass away at the age of 88

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1956, July 18 – ANGEL CARDENAS RECORDS “QUIEN”

Angel Cardenas had an unpredictable personality; he could go from extreme kindness to explosive fits of anger…and yet, inspite of this, the scope of his career and accomplishments would be amazing….he was an actor, a singer, a poet, a composer, a movie script writer and director…in 1970 for the film “Una Cabana En La Pampa” for example, he produced, directed, wrote the screen play  and composed the music…Angel Cardenas was born in the city of Chacabuco in the province of Buenos Aires into a struggling Italian immigrant family…his professional debut as a singer occurred in the early 4os in a theater company…he later worked as an assistant to director Leon Klimovsky in two films, “Las Campanas De Santa Teresa” and “Se Llamaba Carlos Gardel…it is through this exposure that he finally attained his dream of becoming an actor; his best performances were in the films “Sabaleros” and “Los Dias Calientes” alongside the international sex symbol of the 50s and 60s, Isabel Sarli…

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His major break occurred in 1956 when singer Carlos Olmedo left the Anibal Troilo Orchestra, Cardenas auditioned for Anibal and was hired immediately…the other singer to join the orchestra was the legendary Roberto Goyeneche…”Quien”, Angel Cardenas’s first recording, was recorded on July 18, 1956; it was also the date of his 29th birthday but his greatest hit, the tango “La Ultima”, would come a few years later…Jorge Casal, a renown singer himself, called him “the most beautiful voice in tango”...he had memorable performances at the Marabu Cabaret and on Radio El Mundo…in 1960 he formed his own orchestra with which he toured Central America and later, to great success, in the United States where he remained for many years…as a composer he had some notable success including Jorge Luis Borges’s “Milonga Del Forastero”…in his mature years he basked in the glory of his fame and success and after one particular evenings performance at the “Bar Tunon” before an enthusiastic audience, he went home content…the next day neighbors discovered him alone and dead from a heart attack; he was 78 years old

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1945, July 17 – ANGEL VARGAS RECORDS “CARICIAS”

The lyrics to “Caricias” speak of the deep solitude of a man whose desperate heart is broken….”my heart screams your name in vain for you shall never return and yet notwithstanding, my heart waits for you…I want to forget you but I can’t for you really are the dream of my life”…the lyrics were written by Alfredo Begeschi who was born on the island of Elba, the very one where Napoleon was imprisoned in 1814…although he came from a noble family, for reasons which the family never revealed, he and his immediate family were raised in a common house next to the family villa…there were many rumors…he and his disillusioned family eventually boarded a ship and arrived in Buenos Aires on April 27, 1920; he was 12 years old…but he would remember with deep nostalgia his childhood in his neighborhood on the Island of Elba…at the age of 52 he realized his dream to return to see his old neighborhood when he was sent as a journalist to cover the Rome Olympic games in 1960…

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In his neighborhood of Isla Maciel in Buenos Aires, he was thrusted into a tough, thriving, beehive immigrant neighborhood including his first exposure to tango…he did not speak the language and to make matters worse, his father was blinded in an accident and he had to quit school to help support the family…nevertheless he continued in his love of reading, a love he had discovered  as an alter boy back on the Island of Elba…he began submitting articles to neighborhood rags and experiencing the thrill of seeing his name in print…at the age of 16 he had his first break, an Italian friend of his fathers, introduced him to the already famous Juan Maglio “Pacho” for whom he wrote the lyrics to the tango, “Tango Argentino”…it was premiered by Ignacio Corsini and recorded on December 11, 1929 by Carlos Gardel…four years later he would score another hit with “La Novena” which would be recorded by many artists; it would be a big seller for Carlos Dante with the Alfredo de Angelis Orchestra in 1953…he married a girl from Sorrento Italy and had two children; a daughter who would become a school teacher and a son who would become a physician……interestingly, his “Caricias” became a big hit in New York when it was recorded by Blas Hernandez with the Enrique Mendez Orchestra

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1909, July 16 – BIRTH OF CARLOS VARELA

Singer (Cancer) – one day Carlos Varela delivered the dire news to his parents, he had decided to quit school to devote himself to a singing career; it was a hard blow to his father who made tremendous sacrifices to give the best life possible to his five boys and five girls…many years later, looking back on a long and successful career, Carlos Varela would remember with great nostalgia that day and his father’s words of support and encouragement inspite of his deep doubts…Carlos Varela was born in the neighborhood of Flores…he began to sing almost from the time he could walk and began to develop his talent by entering singing contests at school…while undergoing the discouraging process of knocking on doors, he did many odd jobs including having been an errand boy in a shop and a clerk for the local telephone company…his first exposure to notoriety arrived when, at the age of 20, he began singing on Radio Prieto in the evenings often arriving there with great fatigue from his arduous day time jobs…

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His big break came when his friend the lyricist Vicente Planells del Campo recommended him to Roberto Firpo; out of many candidates he was finally selected…on February 27 of 1930 he released his first recording “A Montmartre”…its success led to a total of over 70 recordings with Roberto Firpo…the next year he made a long tour of Argentina and upon his return he was a big hit at the celebrated  “Germinal Cafe” in Buenos Aires…he appeared with the Roberto Firpo in the film “Dancing” where he sang, “Desde Pebeta”…while the film was a critical and financial failure, Carlos Varela’s performance was one of the few bright spots…this led to a series of celebrated appearances on Radio Belgrano…interestingly he made an audition with Juan D’arienzo but was turned down…during the latter part of his life he became a successful entrepreneur

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1994, July 15 – PREMIERE OF “TRUE LIES”

Harry is a computer salesman who travels alot and both his wife and his daughter think that he is dull…his wife Helen believes that he does not appreciate her and she conspires to have an extra marital affair with a used car salesman pretending to be a secret agent…what she does not know is that her husband really is a secret agent…in the pursuit of a group of terrorists who have stolen an atomic bomb, Harry discovers his wife’s affair…”.True Lies”, directed by James Cameron stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, is a film which critics loved…it is one of those rare films which is equally a highly successful comedy and a highly successful action film…there are two tango scenes; the first in the beginning of the film in which Schwarzenegger dances with Tia Carrera and the second at the end of the film when he dance tango with Jamie Lee Curtis…it inspired another similar film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” which premiered in 2005

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Both tango scenes are done to “Por Una Cabeza” written by Carlos Gardel in 1935 just before his untimely death in a fiery airplane crash…”Por Una Cabeza” was also featured in two other films Schindler’s List and Scent of a Woman…at the time of production, “True Lies” was one of the most expensive films to have ever been made; it cost about 115 million dollars to make but grossed around 364 million dollars in world-wide sales……it was the 3rd best grossing film of 1994…it was nominated for an academy award for best visual effects and Jamie Lee Curtis won a Golden Globe award for her comedic portrayal of Helen Tasker….True Lies however is in essence a remake of the 1991 French film “La Totale” which was directed by Claude Zidi…the word “tango” was again associated with Arnold Schwarzenneger when one prominent critic, in summarizing his having fathered a child out of wedlock with a maid in the governor’s mansion said, “it takes two to tango”

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2010, July 14 – “SIXTY, SEX AND TANGO” PUBLISHED

“I wake up every day with gratitude and the intention to go through life with a true sense of forgiveness”, says Joan Moran in her sometimes touching, sometimes funny, sometimes sad book “Sex, Sixty and Tango”…and it all begins at a tango dance; a Milonga…one evening while at her customary Saturday milonga, Joan Moran said to a friend, “I want to do a stand up routine about men and sex because sex was so very different in the 60s…”…”Joan, that’s a book, you can do stand up any time” responded her friend“Sixty, Sex and Tango” which has received enthusiastic reviews, is in essence about how to discover spiritual balance while living with great joy, sex, and romance…more concretely, using honest and courageous language, it is a book about men, dating, relationships, sex, about being a grandmother…in the section about parenting, for example, she speaks of the need to raise her children to be independent, to give them roots and then wings

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Joan Moran, a self-described jewish wanderer was educated in catholic schools and has been an actress and a drug counselor and aspired to be a stand up comedian…she is a yoga teacher …at a certain point in her life, she lost her life’s partner to illness in the middle of raising her two boys…she says, “I started taking tango lessons when I was in full menopause…I felt the music moving through my body, it was like falling in love all over again”….lugging her MacBook around from milonga to milonga, from tango festival to tango festival, she observed and reflected about how the old cliches about a woman getting older were no longer appropriate…she talks about the tensions in relationships and dating and the need for sex…“I like sex” she confesses; she even manages to make a topic like female masturbation funny….she teaches tango and has been to Buenos Aires over 13 times…Joan says, “the best lesson I ever learned in my sixtys to ‘just let it be'”

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