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date: 10 July 2020

Rivero, Edmundolocked

  • Simon Collier

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(b Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, June 8, 1911; d Buenos Aires, Jan 18, 1986). Argentine tango singer, guitarist and songwriter. He worked initially on the radio and in film, later joining the bands of Julio De Caro, Horacio Salgán (1944) and, most notably, Aníbal Troilo (1947), with which he recorded the classic version of Homero Manzi and Aníbal Troilo’s Sur. After 1950 he worked as a solo artist, with a guitar accompaniment or backed by a variety of tango groups. In 1965 he performed in Washington and New York, and later toured Latin America and Japan. His Buenos Aires nightclub El Viejo Almacén, established in 1969, was one of the recognized strongholds of the tango at a time when its popularity was in decline. In a field dominated by tenors and baritones, Rivero was the first successful bass tango singer. His instinctive grasp of the tango rhythm was complemented by a deliberate phrasing reminiscent of folk music, in which Rivero took a lifelong interest. He also became one of the leading experts on ...

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