“Tu diagnóstico” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.
Guitarist, singer lyricist and composer (25 July 1878 – 21 April 1915)
The classic payador was the one of the rural areas, the one who traveled across the towns of the interior and the country taverns in order to contest with the well-known local peers.
He used to do it for the sake of pleasure and his reward was: food and shelter.
Instead we can call Betinotti –and some other of his time- an urban payador.
The one who, preferably, does not get out of his town, but prowls around the outskirts of town and, from time to time agrees to travel to the interior, not in a wandering way but with an arranged route, after an agreement about the money, or being allowed to organize raffles to raise funds on his own benefit or to sell his photographs.
“Malena” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1942 (English translation).
Music: Lucio Demare. Lyrics: Homero Manzi.
Malena sings the tango like no other and she puts her heart in every verse.
Her voice perfumes like suburban weeds, Malena feels the pain of the bandoneón. Perhaps in her distant youth her lark’s voice took on that dark back-alley tone, or perhaps it was that romance that she speaks of only when she saddens herself with alcohol. Malena sings the tango with a shadowy voice, Malena feels the pain of bandoneón.
Your song has the chill of a last meeting… your song becomes bitter in the salt of memories… I don’t know if your voice is the bloom of a wound, I just know that the sound of your tangos, Malena, makes me feel that you are better, better than me.
Your eyes are dark as forgetfulness, your lips are pressed together like rage, your hand are two doves that feel a chill, your veins pump the blood of the bandoneón. Your tangos are abandoned creatures that pass through the back-alley mud. When all the doors are closed and the ghosts of song weep, Malena sings the tango with a broken voice, Malena feels the pain of the bandoneón.
“Maragata” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.
Guitarist, singer, composer and dancer (6 June 1884 – 25 May 1938)
There was no criollo gathering or gaucho ensemble in Buenos Aires and its outskirts that did not count him as one of its great entertainers since 1900, since as a child he began in the art of footwork and very soon afterwards, the secrets of the guitar to accompany himself singing first and then serve their inspiration, in styles, figures and milongas.
Already in the time of his first adventures, Carlos Gardel recorded the style “El Sueño”, his original work, in 1912, on Columbia records and over time he did the same with “Maragata”.
Martino died in 1938, but three years after his death, Aníbal Troilo, who deeply admired Carlos Gardel and wanted his orchestra to sound like the voice of the Morocho, adapted this tune in time of tango and made a wonderful creation with the priceless intonation by Francisco Fiorentino.