January 10th, 1970

Calendario Milonguero

JOSÉ BARREIRO BAZAN dies. Originally from Galicia, Spain. Radio director, screenwriter and lyricist. His activities in this medium had a prominent place during the time of the great alliance between the radio and tango: the 30’s, the 40’s and the 50’s. In writing for tango he has a half a dozen themes that are very much appreciated. Here goes one of them.

♫ MI NOVIA DE AYER. Alfredo De Angelis and Floreal Ruiz (1944)

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January 9th, 1982

Calendario Milonguero

 JOSÉ AMUCHÁSTEGUI KEEN dies. Although an outsider in the tango world, he wrote the lyrics and the music for two tangos. One of them was forgotten, while the other one entered history. This second one he titled DESPUÉS DEL CARNAVAL. There are about eighty different pieces celebrating these popular holidays celebrated in Buenos Aires. The version we are listening to now is milonguera and very elegant.

♫ DESPUÉS DEL CARNAVAL. Osvaldo Fresedo and Ricardo Ruiz (1941)

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January 8th, 1942

Calendario Milonguero

Aníbal Troilo and Francisco Fiorentino on this date record MALENA. Besides being a wonderful tango, there are two curious facts associated to it. The first one: of the sixty themes that this couple recorded, this is the only one that Troilo decided to repeat. The other one: there are two versions of who were the woman inspiring the author, Homero Manzi, who never publicly revealed the truth.

♫  MALENA. Aníbal Troilo and Francisco Fiorentino (1942)

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January 7th, 1903

Calendario Milonguero

CARLOS DI SARLI is born. Pianist, director and composer. Gran jefe (lit. big boss) of danceable beauty. He hinted at his talent when he directed a sextet between 1927 and 1931 with whom he recorded forty-six themes. While conducting his own orchestra, between 1939 and 1960, he recorded about 340 themes that form a chest full of gold for dancing. Here we are listening to a tango he composed dedicated to Osvaldo Fresedo, his best teacher.

♫ MILONGUERO VIEJO. Carlos Di Sarli (1940)

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January 6th, 1922

Calendario Milonguero

ROBERTO RUFINO is born. Singer. His career as a vocalist was large and diverse like few others. In the almost five years he spent with Carlos Di Sarli (1939-1944) he recorded forty-six songs, all excellent works to listen and to dance to. His tango phrasing, his clear diction and the high credibility he achieves in what he is saying continue to be wonderful.

♫ ZORZAL. Carlos Di Sarli and Roberto Rufino (1941)

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January 5th, 1980

Calendario Milonguero

GRACIANO GOMEZ dies. Bandoneonist, conductor and composer. He had uneven performance in the three activities. He conducted various orchestras that accompanied Uruguayan singers Nina Miranda and Enrique Campos. He was very well received commercially with two tangos he composed: ESTA NOCHE DE LUNA and TU ÍNTIMO SECRETO.

♫ TU ÍNTIMO SECRETO. Enrique Rodríguez and Armando Moreno (1945)

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January 4th, 1919

Calendario Milonguero

JUAN MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ is born. Nicknamed Toto. Bandoneonist and composer. He was a classic orchestra instrumentalist. When Anìbal Troilo’s orchestra debuted, he became part of the trio of bandoneons together with Alfredo Yanitelli. He remained there for ten years. Even though that was a colossal orchestra, it had to wait for four years to get commercial success. Here its first record.

♫ CACHIRULO. Aníbal Troilo (1941)

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January 3rd, 1941

Calendario Milonguero

Date in which Carlos Di Sarli and Roberto Rufino record NOCHES DE CARNAVAL. When Rufino records it, he was not even twenty years old yet. It is another one of the impeccable tangos from any of its aspects: music, lyrics, singing and dance. This great level was obtained when the maestro records it in 1947 with the title OTRA VEZ CARNAVAL and the voice of Jorge Dúran.

♫ NOCHES DE CARNAVAL. Carlos Di Sarli and Roberto Rufino (1942)

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January 2nd 1960

Calendario Milonguero

MIGUEL PADULA dies. Bandoneonist and composer. He passed through tango without fanfare. His orchestra did not last long. In composing music he paid homage to the celebrated soccer players of the time. He is also the author of one memorable vals that Juan D’Arienzo quickly recorded.This conductor, it is known, was a fan of this genre.

♫ AMOR Y CELO. Juan D’Arienzo (1936)

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January 1st 1966

Calendario Milonguero

LUIS BERNSTEIN dies. Bandoneonist and composer. Although in the shadow of his elder brother, Arturo Bernstein (El Alemán) famous Guardia Vieja’s bandoneonist, Luis was able to obtain his place in tango. He composed the music for two classic themes: DON GOYO and the one we are listening to here, that became for years the delight of the female  public.

 ♫ EL ABROJITO. Osvaldo Pugliese and Alberto Morán (1945)

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