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Celedonio Flores, poet and lyricist (August 3, 1896 - July 28, 1947). Portrait.Celedonio Flores

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

Born in Buenos Aires, in the Villa Crespo neighborhood, the place where natives and immigrants of various origins co-existed. His childhood and adolescence were spent in such a popular environment until he became, in his 20s, a very famous poet and lyric composer. His tangos, many times full of condemn, moral reflections and master descriptions of his characters, very much resorted to the lunfardo, the local argot/slang. Like other famous lyricists and composers, Flores was both an educated and popular poet. A bohemian, also a boxer. His most creative time extended until the early 30s, but his work survived.

In 1920, he sent to the then-published newspaper Última Hora a poem entitled Por la pinta, for which he received 5 pesos. But he would be much more rewarded when those verses called the attention of Carlos Gardel and his duet partner, José Razzano, who both composed the music. This is how the tango “Margot” was born: a bitter criticism of the humble, beautiful girl who adopts a French style and perverts to get rid of her poverty fate, arousing people’s feelings. Continue reading at

Marcelo Solis

I was born in Argentina. Through my family and the community that saw my upbringing, I have been intimately involved with the culture of Tango all my life, and have been an Argentine Tango dance performer, choreographer and instructor for over 30 years. I profoundly love Tango dancing, music, and culture, particularly that of the Golden Era. I am a milonguero.

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