Juan Viladomat, Argentine Tango musician, leader, producer and composer.

“Fumando espero” by Héctor Varela y su Orquesta Típica with Argentino Ledesma in vocals, 1955.

“Fumando espero” by Héctor Varela y su Orquesta Típica with Argentino Ledesma in vocals, 1955.

Juan Viladomat, Argentine Tango musician, leader, producer and composer.

Juan Viladomat

Musician, leader, producer and composer (8 February 1885 – 19 December 1940)

This musician was born in Manlleu, Catalonia (Spain), an industrial town.

He is the composer of “Fumando espero”, premiered in 1923 and published in Buenos Aires in the El Alma Que Canta magazine in 1928.

It is the first tango that unusually traveled from Europe to South America, but not the only one by the composer because in his wide output there are several ones that stood out.

He married a tobacco seller of his town (quite a premonition for the composer that would dedicate his most famous piece to cigarettes) and he settled in Barcelona where he opened a Variety Academy.

He gathered a group of musicians, lyricists, and impresarios with whom an authentic industry was born.

So he wrote and co-wrote around thirty numbers.

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Argentino Ledesma, Argentine Tango singer.

“Novia provinciana” by Héctor Varela y su Orquesta Típica with Argentino Ledesma in vocals, 1952.

“Novia provinciana” by Héctor Varela y su Orquesta Típica with Argentino Ledesma in vocals, 1952.

Argentino Ledesma, Argentine Tango singer.

Argentino Ledesma

Singer and lyricist (24 June 1929 – 6 August 2004)

All of a sudden, Argentino Ledesma joined that fashionable orchestra sharing the stage with Rodolfo Lesica, and soon they would become the most popular team of singers of the 50s.

His debut took place at the Chantecler cabaret.

The evening of June 24, 1952, thanks to an offer not to be disregarded at all, the orchestra began to appear at the mythological Marabú, on 365 Maipú Street.

His first recording with Varela was on August 21 with the tango “Novia provinciana”, for the Pampa label.

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