As from 1999, every December 3rd we remember the brilliant argentine poet, composer, and writer Enrique Cadícamo, who developed huge theatrical, cinematographic, musical and literary labours, not only under his own authorship, but also using pen-names such as “Rosendo Luna” and “Yino Luzzi”.
His work has been so vast and prolific, that we intend to weave our heart-felt homage to the life and work of the magnificent singer Carlos Gardel, who, in the year 1925 signed his famous tango “Pompas” in the city of Barcelonna. After the passing away of its composer Roberto Emilio Goyeneche the tango was retitled “Pompas de jabón” (which means “soap bubbles”). “El morocho del Abasto”, nickname given to Gardel which means “dark-haired man from Abasto”, recorded a total of twenty three themes of Cadícamo’s authorship in less than three years, including “Muñeca brava” (which means “Brave doll”) (1929), “Cruz de palo” (which means “Wooden Cross) (1929), “De todo te olvidas” (which means “You forget everything”) (1929) and “Madame Ivonne” (1933), which was the last theme to be recorded in Argentina before he went on the tour in which his life would be lost.
In 1928 Cadícamo travelled to Europe and during his time in Paris in January of the year 1929, he assisted Gardel’s debut at the Florida cabaret in which their first encounter was happened and forever remembered: “It was very exciting to suddenly meet Gardel singing in Paris. While listening to him it seemed unreal to be so far away from Buenos Aires”. In 1984, don Enrique, in his book titled “Gardel’s debut in Paris”, he narrates in a fantastic style the Parisian recital.
In the theatrical genre, Cadícamo presented at the Smart theatre his first posthumous tribute to Carlos Gardel in 1936. The play was called “El cantor de Buenos Aires” (which means “The Buenos Aires singer”) in which the immortal tango which goes by the same name was debuted. This tango replaced “Nostalgias” (which means “Nostalgia”).
In the cinematographic sphere both is projects about Gardel failed. This first one took place in 1932. Cadícamo and the actor Ricardo De Rosas wrote a film screen-play which was titled “Cantó un zorzal en París” (which means “A song thrush in Paris”) in which they intended to make Carlos Carlos play the leading role, but due to his multiple artistic obligations it was never filmed. In 1994, a Hollywood production company began the pre-negotiations to make a movie based on his book, “Debut de Gardel de Paris” (which means “Gardel’s Parisian Debut”) in Paramount. He had adapted the story especially for the occasion, using the name “Los ángeles mueren quemados” (which means “Angels Die Being Burnt”). However, the cost that the production implied cut short the process.
Cadícamo’s biggest homage to Gardel is captured in the lyrics of the tango “Anclao en Paris” (which means “Anchored in Paris) (1931). With these words he tells about the singer’s days in the French capital. He remembers his like this: “Away due to a bohemian wandering lifestyle/ I am, Buenos Aires, anchored in Paris/ Covered in sorrows and Pressure/ I remember you from this far away country/ I contemplate the snow that softly falls/ from my window, from which I can see a boulevard/ the reddish lights, with a deadly light, seems to be pupils of an odd observer”.
On December 3rd 1999, Enrique Cadícamo passed away to inmortality to join the eternal tango Community. He hasn’t died, nor has his work, because he hasn’t been forgotten.