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“No hay que hacerse mala sangre” by Francisco Canaro y su Orquesta Típica with Roberto Maida in vocals, 1935.

Roberto Maida, Argentine Tango singer and composer.

Roberto Maida

Singer and lyricist (March 3, 1908 – March 30, 1993)

He arrived in our country from his Italian hometown in 1909 and settled with his family in Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Balvanera.

With other kids, he looked after the herd of horses that pulled carts and flat wagons while the drivers ate at the cheap restaurants near the market.

He began his artistic career very early in the backyard of the restaurant Damato on Matheu and Victoria. There, he used to meet with the owner’s sons and the kids of his gang, and they organized tango sessions where he was the singer. One day, a singing instructor named Ralbis came to have lunch and wanted to know who that singer was. He suggested he sing at a cinema theater during the intermission shows, accompanied by piano, violin, and drums. The beginner was doubtful, but his friends encouraged him. He wore brand-new long trousers and debuted at the 2º Coliseo cinema theater on Bernardo de Irigoyen and Venezuela. The owners of the theater, José and Antonio Galvano, were very enthusiastic and placed a giant photo of Maida, the kid in the hall.

Roberto Maida’s association with Canaro began in November 1934.

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