ALBERTO ACUÑA dies. Singer, guitarist and composer. In the 20’s he was part of the duo RUIZ-ACUÑA who rivaled in popularity with another duo: Gardel-Razzano. Afterwards, as we know, the only recognized “number one” in tango came out from the latter. Acuña usually played music with a rural theme, as it is the case in the vals that we are listening to here.
♫ TEMBLANDO. Aníbal Troilo and Francisco Fiorentino (1942)
On this date Carlos Di Sarli records the first of his three versions of EL ONCE. Osvaldo Fresedo, his author, titled it “EL 11” (Let’s have fun!). This is because this tango made its debut in the eleventh and last ball for the newly graduating doctors. Each year at these events a conductor was invited to present a new work. The first one had been Francisco Canaro who brought MATASANOS.
♫ EL ONCE. Carlos Di Sarli (1946)
FRANCISCO BOHIGAS is born. Theater author and lyricist. He shared his time between tango and “sainete”. He also made some forays into tango advertisement. He edited and spread a theme titled APPROVECHÁ LA BOLADA! (Take advantage of it!) sub-titled FUMÁ CARANCHOS (smoke Caranchos, a brand of cigarettes of those times). He left almost 100 themes, most of them forgettable. Here we are listening to one of his few winners.
♫ CERO AL AS. Alfredo de Angelis and Floreal Ruíz (1944)
ENRIQUE CADÍCAMO dies. Poet, writer and playwright. He is the lyricist with the highest number of themes under his belt: both because of his talent and because of the length of his life (he was born in 1900). Among his unedited, edited and recorded lyrics the number is more than 1000. He lived like a dandy. The tango that we have chosen, he titled LOS DOPADOS. When they censored it, he went to see the person responsible of having prohibited it, and told him that he was an ignorant.
♫ LOS MAREADOS. Aníbal Troilo and Francisco Fiorentino (1942)
OSVALDO PUGLIESE is born. Pianist, conductor and composer. Considered a “capo” of tango. He performed for fifty years and recorded about 450 themes. He started in 1939 following the “Decariano”’s style, but with a more intense rhythm. At the end of the 40’s, he was one of the founders of modern tango, although if with his creations he almost always took care of making it appropriate for dancing. Here we are listening to his first tango composed when he was 19.
♫ RECUERDO. Osvaldo Pugliese (1944)
EDUARDO BONESSI is born. Pianist, composer and singing professor. He studied music, but not vocalization. In spite of this, being self-taught was not an obstacle for him; in fact he became the only singing teacher of Carlos Gardel. And he was also the teacher of many other singers. He wrote the music of about fifty works. Here one in a beautiful milonguero version.
♫ DESVELO. Aníbal Troilo and Floreal Ruíz (1948)
HUGO DEL CARRIL (Piero Bruno Hugo Fontana) is born. Singer, actor and movie director. After his first works in cinema, he became a popular idol. He stood out singing tango as a soloist. For dancing, he left a few recordings with Edgardo Donato. Besides being a good artist he was a dignified man.
♫ EL VALS DE LOS RECUERDOS. Edgardo Donato and Hugo Del Carril (1935)
ROBERTO GIMENEZ is born. Journalist specialized in popular music. He was the artistic director of Palacio de Baile, a famous salon situated inside the Parque Japonés where one thousand couples danced tango between 1939 and 1962. Today on this site is the Sheraton Hotel of Buenos Aires. Our honoree composed a few tangos and the one we are listening to now was the most popular one.
♫ LÁGRIMAS DE SANGRE. Alfredo De Angelis and Oscar Larroca (1955)
MÁXIMO MORI dies. Bandoneonist and learned musician. He was born in a home where, in time, his father formed and orchestra with his family. Afterwards, the character we are paying homage to worked as arranger and orchestrator, meaning respectively, improving the score and write it for an orchestra. He devoted himself to both activities during the seven years of the life of the orchestra that is playing now.
♫ LA RACHA. Lucio Demare (1938)
Date in which Ricardo Tanturi and Alberto Castillo record EL MORO. Orchestra and singer joined in 1941. In almost three years they recorded thirty-seven themes. The mutual benefit was evident. The orchestral musicality improved with the new “instrument”. And Castillo in singing as a soloist established himself among the most popular singers in the history of tango.
♫ EL MORO. Ricardo Tanturi and Alberto Castillo (1941)