5 July 1922 – 26 August 1976
By Abel Palermo
With the name Oscar Antonio Moretta, the one who would be the great singer Oscar Larroca was born in the neighborhood of Almagro. He was son of Nicolás Moretta and Elsa Bugarelli.
His father, a guitar strummer and gauchesque singer, that stood out in the coteries of the period, would encourage his son Oscar’s vocation.
Since early age a guitar was his companion. His parents enrolled him at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. He graduated as guitar teacher. When he was already a teenager he started his singing studies.
He appeared in his early stints as singer accompanying himself on guitar. His good voice and his taste in singing made that he frequently was showcased in the school parties at the end of the annual courses.
In the early 40s he appeared at the important daily show on Radio Mitre, the famous Matinée de Juan Manuel. Those who wanted to start a career in popular music regarded that program as an almost unavoidable beginning. Many important figures performed on that program. Larroca had a three-year tenure accompanied by the guitar players Pascual Avena, Enrique Maciel (Jr.) and Demasi. With it he achieved technical proficiency and stage experience. Continue reading.