Carlos Gardel (11 December 1887/18901 - 24 June 1935) is perhaps the most prominent figure in the history of tango. Although his birthplace is disputed between Uruguay and France, he lived in Argentina from the age of two and acquired Argentine citizenship in 1923. He grew up in the Abasto neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, located near the Central Market of Fruit and Vegetables, an enormous art-deco styled building which today is a shopping mall. He attended Pio IX Industrial high-school located in the Almagro neighbourhood. He 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 that originated in the barrios of Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century. He is commonly referred to as Carlitos, El Zorzal (The Song Thrush), The King of Tango, El Mago (The Magician) and El Mudo (The Mute).
The unerring musicality of Gardels 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, most notably: Mi Buenos Aires querido, Cuesta abajo, Amores de estudiante, Soledad, Volver, Por una cabeza and El dia que me quieras.
Gardel began his singing career in bars and at private parties, and sang with Francisco Martino and later in a trio with Martino and Jose Razzano. Gardel created the tango-cancion in 1917 with his rendition of Pascual Contursi and Samuel Castriotas Mi Noche Triste. The recording sold 10,000 copies and was a hit throughout Latin America. Gardel went on tour through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, and also made appearances in Paris, New York, Barcelona and Madrid. 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. While sentimental films such as El dia que me quieras and Cuesta abajo lack lasting dramatic value, they were outstanding showcases of his tremendous singing talents and moviestar looks.
Un balazo mudo
Un hombre que nos evoca a Gardel prolonga en vida los resplandores de la tregedia en Medellin
Carlos Gardel & his eight Guitarists
Gardel Biografia web page
IMDB profile page
IMDB profile page
Carlos Gardels Gravesite
Documents of Carlos Gardel
'The true story about Gardels place of birth'
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