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Ricardo González, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

“La rosarina” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1937.

“La rosarina” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1937.

Ricardo González, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

Ricardo González

Bandoneonist and composer (20 November 1885 – 30 September 1962)

This musician, born in the porteño neighborhood of San Cristóbal, started as a guitarist.

It was him who taught Eduardo Arolas to play the bandoneon.

He was a neighbor and friend of the Canaro‘s family and the Grecos’. It was precisely Vicente Greco who encouraged him to learn to play bandoneon.

His tango “La rosarina” deserves a special paragraph because it was the one which stood out most.

The girl who inspired it was named Zulema Díaz.

Ricardo was struck by her beauty and hence he chose that title for his tango.

And she also danced well!

Read more about Ricardo González at www.todotango.com

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"El irresistible", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“El irresistible” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1936.

“El irresistible” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1936.

Lorenzo Logatti

Clarinetist and composer (7 November 1872 – 19 March 1961)

He was born in Foggia, Italy, and was a clarinetist and composer. His father, a professional musician, taught him his first lessons. Later, he continued his studies with other teachers and joined bands and orchestras in his province and also in Naples. He even led a band in Ancona.

During the carnival dances at the Teatro Ópera, he premiered in 1908 his tango “El irresistible”.

At that time the repercussion in the audience was so important that a pair of dancing partners —according to a story— approached the bandstand in order to know its title. It was the female dancer who asked about it.

When the bandleader pointed out at a musician saying he was the composer of the tune, the latter answered that he had not yet given a title to the piece.

Then she added:
– But it’s irresistible!!!
– That’s it, that’ll be its title…

Read more about Lorenzo Logatti at www.todotango.com

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"Lunes", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“Lunes” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1938.

“Lunes” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1938.

'Lunes', Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

José Luis Padula

Guitarist, pianist, composer and leader (30 October 1893 – 12 June 1945)

This musician son of immigrants, born in the northern province of Tucumán, delved into tango and folk music.

His father was Italian, he transferred to him his inclination for music.

As a child, he played harmonica and guitar.

Unfortunately, he became an orphan at age 12 and he didn’t have the support of his mother.

About her, very little is known. For that reason, being still very young, he went out to the streets to work for his living.

José Luis Padula was an archetype of Buenos Aires, owner of extraordinary natural talent, an impeccable melodist that despite he was unable to read or write music left creations that lasted through time and today are authentic classics of Tango.

Read more about José Luis Padula at www.todotango.com

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"El africano", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“El africano” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1937.

“El africano” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1937.

Eduardo Pereyra

Pianist, leader and composer (13 October 1900 – 21 February 1973)

A great pianist, he is placed among the creators and interpreters of tango romanza.

He was as well present at the beginnings of the Argentine radio.

Around 1926, Eduardo Pereyra left everything behind and went to Europe.

“El africano” is among his best works, due to its structure and originality.

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"Paciencia", Argentine Tango music vinyl disc.

“Paciencia” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica with Enrique Carbel in vocals, 1937.

“Paciencia” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica with Enrique Carbel in vocals, 1937.

Francisco Gorrindo

Lyricist (5 October 1908 – 2 January 1963)

Gorrindo achieved a close relationship with Juan D’Arienzo´s orchestra, whose performances had reached enormous popularity.

He was closely linked to its leader and several musicians of the formation, which was the vehicle for making many of his tangos be known.

It was to the Rey del Compás that Gorrindo gave the lyrics of his tango “Paciencia”.

D’Arienzo composed the music for him and recorded it immediately, with the voice of his singer Enrique Carbel on October 29, 1937, achieving immediate success.

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