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Carlos Gardel

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Carlos Gardel (born Charles Romuald Gardes; 11 December 1890 – 24 June 1935) was an Argentine tango singer, songwriter, composer and actor, and is perhaps the most prominent figure in the history of tango. 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 Magician), “El Morocho del Abasto” (The Brunet Boy from Abasto), and “El Mudo” (The Mute).

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 día que me quieras’.

Gardel was born to unmarried 25-year-old laundress Berthe Gardes, the baby registered under the name Charles Romuald Gardes in Toulouse, France, on 11 December 1890. The father of the baby boy was listed on his birth certificate as “unknown”; eleven days later Berthe Gardes signed a statement establishing the baby’s father as Paul Laserre, a married man who left Toulouse a few months before the baby was born. Berthe Gardes left Toulouse a few years later, likely to escape the social stigma of having a child born out of wedlock. In early 1893 in Bordeaux, France, mother and son boarded the ship SS Don Pedro and sailed to Buenos Aires, arriving on 11 March 1893.

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  • borra_cuervo

    Buenos Aires, cual a una querida/ si estás lejos mejor hay que amarte,/ y decir toda la vida/ antes morir que olvidarte.

    24 Jun 10:13pm Reply
  • PuhQ

    Buenos Aires Soundtrack

    23 Jun 4:17am Reply
  • LeoPBecca

    El día que me quieras endulzará sus cuerdas el pájaro cantor. Florecerá la vida no existirá el dolor.

    16 Jan 5:49am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    он был величайшим мелодистом, и первым великим реформатором танго

    20 Jul 2014 Reply
  • George_Bastos01

    Great Songs <333 Cheers from Brazil.

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • elcamaleonblanc

    Que granrde carlitos cada dia canrta mejor-nestor.-

    6 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ArthurRosalvos

    Mi Buenos Aires querido, tierra florida, ciudad porteña de mi único querer <3

    5 Mar 2014 Reply
  • carmela_largo

    Por Una Cabeza is a masterpiece! [2]

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • ballseven

    "Por una cabeza" a beautiful masterpiece <3

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • ManiacDancer

    Gardel es grande!

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • iagomelo2

    Bom demais

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • GrandHibou

    Sexy music.

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • eseFasy

    Grande.

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • GilbranoS

    Tengo miedo del encuentro con el pasado que vuelve a enfrentarse con mi vida. Tengo miedo de las noches que pobladas de recuerdos encadenen mi soñar. Pero el viajero que huye, tarde o temprano detiene su andar. Y aunque el olvido, que todo destruye, haya matado mi vieja ilusión; guardo escondida una esperanza humilde, que es toda la fortuna de mi corazón ♫. Tremendo.

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • top20fanatico

    El Rey del Tango! <3

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • memristor

    as if we care that much, strangefeeling

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • memristor

    so handsome

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • icaroecv

    "Argentino, Uruguayo, Francés,... cuantas veces nació este tipo?" Gardel puede nacer todos los dias en todos lugares. Es necesario tan solo que alguien escuche su musica

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • StrayDogInDelhi

    Childhood memories...

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • RafaelDivoz

    Genio !

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
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