“Fueron tres años” by Héctor Varela y su Orquesta Típica with Argentino Ledesma in vocals, 1956.

Héctor Varela. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.Héctor Varela

Bandoneonist, leader, arranger and composer
(29 January 1914 – 30 January 1987)

Lead bandoneon and arranger of the Juan D’Arienzo Orchestra for ten years, identified himself with the trends of a genuine traditional origin, and his orchestra boasted, as major attraction, the precision of a difficult technical performance, in the middle of a very personal hasty rhythmic beat.

And that is, exactly, what Varela strove for during his tango career: to play with his orchestra for dancers.

He was a musician criticized by the innovative players but loved by the fans of dancing and popular tango. I think that his best artistic stage was in the early 50s, later, like his teacher D’Arienzo, his orchestra declined into a commercial vein, due to the impressive boom of his records sales. Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

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