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CARLOS GARDEL
1890-1935

Carlos Gardel’s conjuring voice is the essence of tango: passion, elegance, irony tinged with sadness and the eternal heartaches of the European immigrants recently settled in Buenos Aires.

He died tragically in 1935. He had reached the height of his career as an actor, singer and tango composer. Perhaps it was that horrendous airplane accident in Medellin that finally sealed his destiny as an almost mythical figure, deified throughout the world by millions of fans who continue to claim, “He sings better each day.” Raised in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Abasto, Gardel started his career by singing folk songs, and later became the precursor of sung (versus the traditional instrumental) tango. His concerts were widely acclaimed in France, a country he would visit repeatedly throughout his career. He unexpectedly died during an extensive Latin America tour. "Mi Buenos Aires querido," "Caminito," "Volver" and "El día que me quieras" are some of his most famous recordings.

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100 X Carlos Gardel (a collection of four CDs, 2004)

 

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