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