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

Ángel Villoldo, Argentine Tango musician, composer and lyricist.

Ángel Villoldo

Composer and lyricist (February 16, 1861 – October 14, 1919)

Ángel Villoldo is regarded by many as “The father of Tango”, and unanimously considered the most representative artist of the Guardia Vieja.

Little is known about his childhood, and the information about his youth is often contradictory.

Around 1900 he began to be known as a payador, composer, and singer in Recoleta for the celebrations of the Virgen María in September.

At these celebrations, big tents were erected for several days. After that, they started to be frequented by “compadres” and “cuchilleros” (knife carriers), so their original character was replaced by another, less family-oriented, of alcohol, dancing, and knife fighting.

At these gatherings, in which the life of a man was of little value, everyone respected Ángel Villoldo, who performed there his first tangos.

His most important composition is undoubtedly “El choclo” because of its melody and rhythm, which became an emblematic tango.

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