"Yo soy de San Telmo", Argentine Tango music vinyl disc.

“Yo soy de San Telmo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Roberto Rufino in vocals, 1943.

“Yo soy de San Telmo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Roberto Rufino in vocals, 1943.

Arturo Gallucci

Double bass player, composer and lyricist (17 January 1909 – 23 June 1978)

Born in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of San Cristóbal, his experience, forged since childhood in the variety troupe Los Fregolini directed by his parents, enriched his musical knowledge (he learnt to play guitar, double bass and cornet) and brought him a charismatic personality with artistic inquisitiveness.

His career, exemplifies the ones of many composers that fully worked in the generation of the forties, almost anonymously nurturing the repertoire of the great tango orchestras with their pieces either those with traditional rhythmical expression or those with a deeper melodic and harmonic evolution.

And always they had a milonguero lineage, danceable and suitable for singing, with wide popular acclaim.

Since a young age he had been acquainted with lyricists, musicians, radio men and people of the night scene.

The Café El Águila, the Marzotto, the Petit Salón were some of his preferred venues. In them he met Carlos Di Sarli, in whose bohemian circle he established a close friendship with him and in whose school of romantic melodiousness he forged his vein in composing.

Precisely, it was Di Sarli who, in 1943, gave him his career move by recording with his orchestra the milonga “Yo soy de San Telmo”.

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Alberto Amor. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

“Flor de Montserrat” by Rodolfo Biagi y su Orquesta Típica with Alberto Amor in vocals, 1945.

“Flor de Montserrat” by Rodolfo Biagi y su Orquesta Típica with Alberto Amor in vocals, 1945.

Alberto Amor, Argentine Tango singer.

Alberto Amor

Singer and lyricist (25 January 1917 – 1999)

He was a great singer not only because of his interpretive quality but also for his personal voice and phrasing.

His best period was when he sang with Rodolfo Biagi, an orchestra that had its followers but which was not among the most acclaimed.

However, by listening to his recordings, we can appraise his baritone range with tenor-like overtones and the balance with which he collocated his voice that, despite its strength, achieved a gentle and delicate result.

He was a great singer that we shall go on enjoying by means of his magnificent recordings.

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Carlos Parodi, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

“Milonga antigua” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1942.

“Milonga antigua” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1942.

Carlos Parodi, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

Carlos Parodi

Pianist and composer (31 December 1914 – 17 May 1993)

From a very young age, his vocation for playing the piano was evidenced and, so he did, with the instrument his elder sister, who discovered her brother’s liking, played and she was who became his first teacher.

Like all young players who were not born in Buenos Aires, he was attracted to the great city and so, with some friends, he arrived here in 1937. 

His first job was a deluxe one: Elvino Vardaro included him in his group for appearances at the Bar Germinal, on 942 Corrientes Street, when it still was a narrow street, and on Radio Belgrano, where the sextet played authentic tango concerts. 

Then he played with other great musicians: Lucio Demare, Pedro Laurenz, and Los Zorros Grises, among many.

He composed beautiful songs like “A suerte y verdad” and “Milonga antigua”.

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Alberto Mastra, Argentine Tango musician, singer and composer.

“Maldonado” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Roberto Rufino in vocals, 1943.

“Maldonado” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Roberto Rufino in vocals, 1943.

Alberto Mastra, Argentine Tango musician, singer and composer.

Alberto Mastra

Guitarist, singer and composer (9 November 1909 – 10 April 1976)

Mastra was born in the neighborhood of La Aguada of Montevideo and he spent his childhood on humble stages of Parque Rodó, then called Parque Urbano (Urban Park).

When he was a kid all occasions were good for him to sing. The public asked him and he agreed.

They call him Carusito and also El pequeño milagro (The little miracle).

His facet as an author needs to be highlighted.

His creations were soon included in the songbooks of the most important orchestras and singers.

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“Cacareando” by Orquesta Típica Victor with Carlos Lafuente in vocals, 1933.

“Cacareando” by Orquesta Típica Victor with Carlos Lafuente in vocals, 1933.

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The first milongueros

The names of the first Tango dancers milongueros are not in a book on the history of Tango but in police records.

In a newspaper from 1862, it is read that Daniel Molina, Feliciano Orsine, Rufino Olguín, and José Sandoval, with the women Catalina Barsolo and Francisca Díaz, were imprisoned at the police station for dancing with “cortes y quebradas”… which was forbidden.

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