"El Pollo Ricardo", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“El Pollo Ricardo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1946.

“El Pollo Ricardo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1946.

A story of two friends

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.

Who was this Pollo?

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.

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"Catamarca", vinyl disc Argentine Tango music.

“Catamarca” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1940.

“Catamarca” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1940.

Eduardo Arolas

Bandoneonist, composer and leader (24 February 1892 – 29 September 1924)

In 1918 Eduardo Arolas‘ orchestra was formed with him on first bandoneon and conductor, Manuel Pizzarro on second bandoneon, Rafael Tuegols on first violin, Horacio Gomila on second violin, Roberto Goyeneche on piano and Luis Bernstein on double bass.

This was the peak of his career, playing in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Soon, Julio De Caro joined his orchestra.

1918 brought this eminently rhythmic composition: “Catamarca”, initially called “Estocada a fondo”, of which Carlos Di Sarli left us a magnificent rendition in 1940.

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Don Juan, Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“Don Juan” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1941.

“Don Juan” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1941.

Don Juan, Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

Ernesto Ponzio

Violinist and composer (10 July 1885 – 21 October 1934)

The well-known tango “Don Juan (El taita del barrio)” was, apparently, written in 1898.

We also know that its 2nd edition bears a lyric written by Ricardo J. Podestá.

According to different authors it was premiered at the dancehall run by Concepción Amaya, Mamita, Lavalle 2177, around 1900.

It was enthusiastically aired either at the J. Hansen’s restaurant (Sarmiento Ave.) or at the Casares kiosk.

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El Cachafaz & Carmencita Calderon, legends of Argentine Tango.

“El Cachafaz” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1953.

“El Cachafaz” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1953.

El Cachafaz & Carmencita Calderon, legends of Argentine Tango.

Ovidio José Benito Bianquet

Dancer (14 February 1885 – 7 February 1942)

His story is part of the Tango mythology, a legend, today very few who had witnessed his life or his art remain.

His image was captured on the film Tango, premiered in 1933, where he can be seen with his partner Carmencita Calderón, just a girl under 20 years old.

His nickname remained for our everyday history as his definitive first and last names: El Cachafaz.

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"Sentimiento criollo", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“Sentimiento criollo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1941.

“Sentimiento criollo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1941.

Roberto Firpo

Pianist, composer and leader. (10 May 1884 – 14 June 1969)

In 1913, while playing at Armenonville, Roberto Firpo premiered his tango “Sentimiento criollo”.

Firpo was at this time one of the most recognized and celebrated composer of Tango, and for that reason, the recording company Lepage Odeón, of Max Glücksmann, summoned him to make their first recordings.

In 1941, Carlos Di Sarli recorded this wonderful tango.

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