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Edmundo Rivero (1911-1986)

On January 18, 1986, Edmundo Rivero died, and we would like to honor his artistic trajectory on this day.

He was a well known Singer, composer and guitar player. The low register of his voice was an extraordinary thing in the genre and something that was not fully appreciated in the tango world, that was used to listen to tenors and baritones. However, his success was due to his tuning and the colorful shades present in his voice, a criollo feeling and style that reminds us of Gardel.

His career as a tango singer begun with José de Caro and in 1935 he joins Julio de Caro´s orchestra as a vocalist. Later, he went on to work in Emilio Orlando´s orchestra and in the 1940´s in the one conducted by Humberto Canaro. Afterwards, he performed in other orchestras such as those conducted by Horacio Salgán (1944/1947) and Aníbal Troilo (1947/1950), making a mark with his low register and his porteño style.

He performed in “Pichuco´s” orchestras for three years, leaving behind more tan twenty recordings, some of them performed alongside Floreal Ruiz and Aldo Calderón. During this phase, the great tango singer was a synonym of some tangos such as “El último organito”, “La viajera perdida”, “Yo te bendigo”, but mainly of Homero Manzi and Aníbal Troilo´s “Sur”.

In 1965, he was chosen to interpret Jorge Luis Borges poetry, with music by Astor Piazzola and recorded in the disc “El Tango”. Towards the end of the 1960´s, he was joined by a guitar ensemble directed by Roberto Grela, leaving unforgettable discographic registers, such as “Packard”, “Falsía”, “Poema número cero” and “Atenti pebeta”, true jewels belonging to this genre.

He entered the writing art world with two books: “Una luz de almacén y Las voces” and “Gardel y el tango”. Before his death, he was writing his third book, which presented a deep study of the lunfardo language and poetry

He was the composer and author of several songs, some tangos with an air of lunfardo: “No mi amor”, “Malón de ausencia”, “A Buenos Aires”, “Falsía”, “Quién sino tu”, “Arigato Japón” and “El jubilado”, “Pelota de cuero” (with Héctor Marcó), “Biaba” (Celedonio Flores), “La señora del chalet”, “Poema número cero” and “Las diez de última” (these last three with Luis Alposta), among others.

In 1969, he inaugurated his own tango house: “El Viejo Almacén”. Innumerable national and international figures set their feet in this house, and several interesting episodes occurred within its walls, like listening to Rivero joined by Osvaldo Pugliese´s orchestra; or to top into Joan Manuel Serrat, a great admirer, any given night.

He was a different, great and admired Singer. On top of that, he had a kind and dignified personality which made him a loveable character in the artistic world, and more important, love by an audience that still remembers and admires him in every note of his vocal register. We leave you a link so you can appreciate his great work:

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