December 21st, 1912

Calendario Milonguero

ROBERTO RAY (Roberto Raimondo) is born. A singer by the clear diction and without slurs in his phrasing. In other words, a vocalist fully identified with the style of Osvaldo Fresedo. Their first period together (1931-1939) was exquisite and modern. However it is a pity that they did not record more “milonguero” tangos, like the one we are listening to now.

♫ VIDA MIA. Osvaldo Fresedo and Roberto Ray (1933)

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December 20th, 1889

Calendario Milonguero

JULIO NAVARRINE is born. Lyricist, actor and composer. An average artist, typical of the popular theater of the beginning of the 20th century. At the beginning, he privileged Creole and rural themes. He is the co-author of the tango titled ORO MUERTO, a wonderful portrait of a neighborhood. In 1926 this tango was given an award in Montevideo. Now we are listening to its best version with a different title.

♫ JIRON PORTEÑO. Alfredo De Angelis and Julio Martel (1946)

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December 19th, 1957

Calendario Milonguero

HORACIO SANGUINETTI (Horacio Basterra) dies. A poet who gained his fame in tango. There was no great orchestra of the famous decade of the 40’s that did not record some of his works. In spite of his premature death at 43, he had a prolific production. His favorite theme was love. Many were his successes. Here we are listening to one of his jewels.

♫ NADA. Carlos Di Sarli and Alberto Podestá (1944)

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December 18th, 1935

Calendario Milonguero

VICTOR LAVALLÉN is born. Bandoneonist, composer and conductor. A musician with a solid training and a low profile. He obtained his best result by joining Osvaldo Pugliese’s orchestra between 1958 and 1968. It is known that Pugliese had the habit to assign the musical arrangements to his various musicians. The theme we are listening to now was given to the bandoneonist we are writing about.

♫ GALLO CIEGO. Osvaldo Pugliese (1959)

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December 17th, 1943

Calendario Milonguero

On this date Aníbal Troilo and Alberto Marino record a tango whose lyrics belong to Enrique Cadícamo: LA LUZ DE UN FÓSFORO. Each time these three great artists met, the result was moving. Troilo contributed with his wonderful sound, Marino with his tenor range and Cadícamo with his learned emotion. Only dancing was missing.

♫ LA LUZ DE UN FÓSFORO. Aníbal Troilo and Alberto Marino (1943)

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December 16th, 1978

Calendario Milonguero

REINALDO YISO dies. Lyricist and composer. He was a typical boy from the “barrio”: a fan of soccer and tango. An injury prevented him from pursuing a career as a soccer player. While composing tangos, he worked in the dance halls as a presenter of the orchestra of Osvaldo Pugliese. He has under his belt about sixty themes. He wrote the lyrics for the one we are listening to now.

♫ POR ESO CANTO YO. Ricardo Tanturi and Enrique Campos (1943)

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December 15th, 1973

Calendario Milonguero

MIGUEL BUCINO dies. Dancer and composer. He was a real failure as a bandoneon player. But in 1929 he was the first to dance tango in the Teatro Colón during a Creole show. He traveled around America and Europe dancing with different orchestras. He wrote the music and lyrics for about sixty themes, some of great quality. Included a few superior ones like the one we are listening to now.

♫ LO PASAO, PASÓ. Carlos Di Sarli and Roberto Rufino (1940)

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December 14th, 1900

Calendario Milonguero

JUAN D’ARIENZO is born. Violinist and conductor. He was not a learned musician, but the orchestra that he founded in 1935 charmed the young generation. Soon a true social phenomenon would begin: a city started to dance. The sound mass, intense and festive, of his group, was in contrast with the slow and almost martial rhythm that was played at that time in the dance halls. In forty years he recorded almost one thousand themes.

♫ EL FLETE. Juan D’Arienzo (1936)

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December 13th, 1944

Calendario Milonguero

Date on which Ricardo Tanturi and Enrique Campos record a tango that is a must in any quality milonga: IGUAL QUE UN BANDONEÓN. It is a duo who brought excellent results for the dance: the orchestra takes care of the rhythm while the singer of the melodic phrasing. They stayed together for almost three years and recorded fifty-one themes.

IGUAL QUE UN BANDONEÓN. Ricardo Tanturi and Enrique Campos (1944)

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December 12th, 1996

Calendario Milonguero

ARMANDO LABORDE (José Atilio Dattoli) dies. At the end of 1944 he joined the orchestra of Juan D’Arienzo to replace Héctor Mauré, a difficult task that he performed very well. In his first period, without a doubt his best, he recorded 145 themes. Together with Alberto Echagüe they formed a valuable duo for that orchestra. Here is his singing.

♫ YUYO BRUJO. Juan D’Arienzo and Armando Laborde (1949)

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