Guitarist, singer and composer
(9 March 1893 – 4 October 1938)
Belonging to an illustrious family of tango, which also included his siblings Vicente, Domingo, Elena and María and that has been engraved with golden letters in its history.
He started in the circus with Pepe Podestá, to go to the theaters as a singer. Continue reading.
Musician, violinist, leader and composer.
(26 November 1888 – 14 December 1964)
Francisco Canaro, artistic name of Francisco Canaroso, was born in Uruguay in 1888.
During his early childhood he moved with his family to Buenos Aires, where they rented a room in a “conventillo”, collective form of accommodation or housing in which several poor families shared a house, typically one family for each room using communal sanitary services. His family was very poor. Later, he would become one of the wealthiest people in Argentina, and a major contributor to the diffusion of Tango in Buenos Aires, the rest of Argentina and abroad. He went on to be very involved in the struggle for musicians and composers rights, making it possible to make a living for musicians and generating incentives for them to improve and be creative. His life runs parallel to the history of Tango: starting in the poorest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, moving up the social ladder, eventually achieving world wide recognition. Continue reading.
Singer and composer
(18 August 1908 – 19 July 1984)
By Néstor Pinsón
Famá was born in Buenos Aires in the neighborhood of San Cristóbal. He left more than three hundred recordings as vocalist and he can be regarded, even though he was not the first one, as the estribillista (refrain singer) par excellence. Out of that great number of recordings there are no more than twenty on which he sang the lyrics in full form.
His was not a voice to be showcased, not even his style which was not much different from those of his peers at that period, furthermore his intonation was far from perfect. But his interest for entertainment, which was evidenced when he was very young and his pleasant manners, plus a nice appearance and a good patronage placed him on the top ranks of his time.
He started in theater, later he was vocalist with Osvaldo Fresedo and, shortly, with Carlos Di Sarli. The association with Francisco Canaro that lasted a year, meant tours, radio and theater plays, and made possible his way up to fame.
Canaro’s popularity was great at its peak and Famá was part of this successful stage, one of the golden chapters of our tango. Continue reading.