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“Para dos” by Osvaldo Pugliese y su Orquesta Típica, 1952.

Osvaldo Ruggiero with Osvaldo Pugliese and other musicians of his Argentine Tango orchestra.

Osvaldo Ruggiero

Bandoneonist and composer (September 22, 1922 – May 31, 1994)

“Any other bandoneonist did not influence me.

My thing was catching the “bellows”, and play, play and study hard, but all alone.

Furthermore, we must consider that I reached the Osvaldo Pugliese Orchestra when I was seventeen. Then, yes, Osvaldo shaped me, polished me, and marked me forever. Pugliese’s orchestra was always an avant-garde team; we were forming our personality in it.

I had to do it because Osvaldo was very exacting. He used to tell me: “You have to study. Study!”

I took it very seriously because I wanted to stand out. Osvaldo insisted: “You have to be interesting as Anibal Troilo is”. He told me about Troilo because he was the great figure of the bandoneon.

See what a challenge this man pushed me into!”

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