Carlos Gardel (born Charles Romuald Gardès; 11 December 1890 – 24 June 1935) was a French Argentine singer, songwriter, composer and actor, and the most prominent figure in the history of tango. Gardel’s baritone voice and the dramatic phrasing of his lyrics made miniature masterpieces of his hundreds of three-minute tango recordings. Together with lyricist and long-time collaborator Alfredo Le Pera, Gardel wrote several classic tangos.
Gardel died in an airplane crash at the height of his career, becoming an archetypal tragic hero mourned throughout Latin America. For many, Gardel embodies the soul of the tango style. He is commonly referred to as “Carlitos”, “El Zorzal” (The [Song] Thrush), “The King of Tango”, “El Mago” (The Wizard), “El Morocho del Abasto” (The Brunette boy from Abasto), and ironically “El Mudo” (The Mute). (by wikipedia)
Gardel rivals Astor Piazzolla as the most important single figure in tango history; if Piazzolla was roughly tango’s equivalent of Duke Ellington, then Gardel was certainly its Frank Sinatra — a towering giant of a vocalist, macho yet sensitive, with an unequaled affinity for the popular song of his homeland.
Carlos Gardel (11 December 1887/18901 – 24 June 1935) was an enormously popular Argentina-raised tango singer during the inter-war years, whose birth-place has been largely disputed. His death in an airplane crash at the height of his career created an image of a tragic hero on both shores of the RÃo de la Plata. For many music fans, Gardel embodies the soul of the tango, a musical form and dance which evolved in the barrios of Buenos Aires and Montevideo at the end of the 19th century.
Gardel possessed a baritone voice deployed with unerring musicality and dramatic phrasing, creating miniature masterpieces among the hundreds of three-minute tangos which he recorded during his lifetime. Together with his long-term collaborator, lyricist Alfredo Le Pera, Gardel also wrote several classic tangos, notably Mi Buenos Aires querido, Amores de Estudiante, Soledad, Volver, Por una cabeza and El dÃa que me quieras.
Gardel began his career singing in bars and at private parties and in 1911 formed a duet with Francisco Martino, and after with JosÃ Razzano (which would last until 1925), singing a wide repertory. Gardel made the music his own by inventing the tango-canciÃ³n in 1917 with Mi Noche Triste, a Pascual Contursi and Samuel Castriota’s theme, which sold 100,000 copies and was a hit throughout Latin America. Gardel went on to tour Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia and made appearances in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris and New York. He sold 70,000 records in the first three months of a 1928 visit to Paris. As his popularity grew, he made a number of films for Paramount in France and the U.S., which were essentially vehicles for his singing and matinÃ©e-idol looks.
When Gardel and his collaborator Le Pera were killed in an airplane crash in MedellÃn, Colombia in 1935, millions of his fans throughout Latin America went into mourning. Hordes of people thronged to pay their respects as the singer’s body travelled via Colombia, New York and Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo, Uruguay where his mother lived. There he was put on lit de parade while thousands of Uruguayans rendered homage to their beloved singer. After two days the singer’s body travelled to its final resting place in La Chacarita Cemetery in Buenos Aires.
Gardel is still revered from Buenos Aires to Tokyo, where people like to say that “he sings better every day.” His fans still like to place a lit cigarette in the fingers of the life-sized statue which adorns his tomb. One of Gardel’s favorite phrases, Veinte años no es nada (Twenty years is nothing) became a famous saying across Latin America. (by argentina-tango.com)
And this is a more or less rare Italian sampler with his music …. many decades ago … Music from a long forgotten period … Music from Argentinia … Tango … you know … many fantastic colors …
Carlos Gardel (guitar, piano, vocals)
a bunch of unknown studio musicians
01. Volver (Gardel/Pera) 2.55
02. El Dia Que Me Quieras (Gardel/Pera) 3.23
03. La Cumparsita (Rodríguez) 2.15
04. Silencio (Pettorossi/Gardel/Pera) 2.42
05. Adios Muchachos (Sanders/Vedani) 2.23
06. Mi Buenos Aires querido (Gardel/Pera) 2.39
07. Milonga sentimenta (Piana/Manzi) 3.00
08. Tomo y obligo (Gardel/ Romero) 2.08
09. Melodía de Arrabal (Gardel/Pera/Battistella) 2.36
10. Lejana Tierra Mia (Gardel/Pera) 2.43
11. Madreselva (Gardel) 3.08
12. Cuesta abajo (Gardel/Pera) 3.30
13. Mano a mano (Gardel/Flores/Razzano) 3.10
14. La canción de Buenos Aires (Cúfaro/Maizani/Romero) 2.15
15. Caminito ( Filiberto/Peñaloza) 2.35
16. Guitarra Mia (Gardel/Pera) 3.26
17. Tango Argentino (Maglio/Bigheschi) 2.25