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“Corrientes y Esmeralda” by Osvaldo Pugliese y su Orquesta Típica with Roberto Chanel in vocals, 1944.

Celedonio Flores, Argentine Tango poet and lyricist.

Celedonio Flores

Poet and lyricist (August 3, 1896 – July 28, 1947)

Born in Buenos Aires, in the Villa Crespo neighborhood, natives and immigrants of various origins co-existed.

His childhood and adolescence were spent in such a popular environment until he became a famous poet and lyric composer in his 20s.

His tangos, often full of condemnation, moral reflections, and masterful descriptions of his characters, resorted heavily to the lunfardo, the local dialect/slang.

Flores was an educated and popular poet like other famous lyricists and composers.

A bohemian, also a boxer. His most creative time extended until the early 30s, but his work survived.

“Corrientes y Esmeralda” (a famous corner in Buenos Aires) is one of Celedonio Flores’ greatest hits.

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