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Ramon Bautista Ortega is a famous Argentine singer and actor who is much better known as Palito Ortega. Ortega reached international fame, particularly in Latin America and Spain, during the 1960s, when Rock and Roll music became prevalent among teenagers in the region.
Ortega was born to a very poor family, and he had to work from a very young age, selling newspapers and finding a job at a store. But his real passion was music, as he had been dreaming of becoming a singer since he was a small boy. As a teenager, Ortega was a big admirer of Elvis Presley.
In 1956, Ortega moved to Buenos Aires, where he wound up selling coffee on the city's parks, corners and streets. He used his work as a coffee seller to get into show business: eventually, he set up a coffee selling spot near Buenos Aires' television channel seven. This worked well for Ortega, as many entertainers would stop by to buy coffee from his stand, and he got to personally know some of the best known Argentine musicians of the era. Ortega also worked near a radio station named "Belgrano", where many of the singers he met while selling coffee near the television station would recognize him and form a bond with the young star in the making.
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