Listen to “El Pollo Ricardo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1946:
In September 1940 the Carlos Di Sarli Orchestra recorded, for the first time (he will record it again two more times), this tango to great public acclaim. The orchestra leader liked this piece so much that he cut it on three occasions: in September 1940, in March 1946 and in July 1951. In the latter case, on the new 33 RPM discs for the Music Hall company which only had two tracks per side. This fashion lasted in the label at least until 1954. Furthermore, Di Sarli opened this new format in Argentina.
Who was this Pollo? First of all I want to clear out an existing confusion. A well-known sports journalist who is used to dive into other proposals, on one occasion, talked for a long time about this tango and the title character in his radio program, but not revealing immediately his true identity. When he discloses the incognito, he mentions Ricardo Güiraldes. Even though the latter was a tango dancer and had the same first name, he was not the person to whom the piece was dedicated.
The true Pollo was an Uruguayan, born on September 29, 1890 who when he was a kid he already mingled with adults at the bohemian café reunions, like those at La Giralda, on Andes and 18 de Julio or at other more intimate, the Londres, according to the story told by Juan Carlos Legido in his book La orilla oriental del tango. Continue reading.