Jiron porteño. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

“Jirón porteño” by Alfredo De Ángelis y su Orquesta Típica with Julio Martel in vocals, 1946.

Jiron porteño. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.Julio Navarrine

Lyricist, composer, singer and actor
(20 December 1889 – 11 March 1966)

He was born and died in the city of Buenos Aires. In his youth he used to sing folk songs, preferably in a vocal duo with his brother Alfredo.

Julio wrote a large number of tango lyrics, the most important is “Oro muerto”, of 1926, written in collaboration with Juan Raggi.

Regarding the expression “oro muerto”, in the Lisandro Segovia’s Diccionario de Argentinismos, we can read: «Oro muerto. Fig. El de color pálido» (Dead gold: The one with pale color) (Buenos Aires, 1911, page 364). It turns out evident that the bureaucrats that then ruled radio stations had not read Segovia when they forced the change of title of the tango. Consequently we had to know it as “Jirón porteño”. Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

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Marcelo Solis

I was born in Argentina. Through my family and the community that saw my upbringing, I have been intimately involved with the culture of Tango all my life, and have been an Argentine Tango dance performer, choreographer and instructor for over 30 years. I profoundly love Tango dancing, music, and culture, particularly that of the Golden Era. I am a milonguero.

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