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“Vieja amiga” by Pedro Laurenz y su Orquesta Típica with Juan Carlos Casas in vocals, 1938.

Pedro Laurenz with Juan Carlos Casas, Argentine Tango music creators.

Pedro Laurenz

Bandoneon player, director and composer (10 October 1902 – 7 July 1972)

Born in the rapidly growing Buenos Aires at the beginning of the century, he spent his childhood in Villa Crespo neighborhood where co-existed, in colorful social contrast, native compadritos and malevos (tough people) and Spanish, Italian, Jewish, Arab and Turkish immigrants.

He was a transcendental figure of Tango as a bandoneon player and orchestra leader.

As a composer —one of the greatest in Tango history— he produced outstanding songs as “Vieja amiga”.

A major step in his career was his participation, in 1925, in the sextet of the violinist Julio De Caro who was then introducing revolutionary changes in the tango style.

His production with the Victor company until 1943 included 15 -78 RPM records, and then a similar number with Odeon between 1943 and 1947.

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