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The last one and we are leaving.

Get to know when and what Gardel sang for the last time.


Did you ever wander which was Carlos Gardel´s last song? Do you picture when and how was the last time the criollo thrush´s voice was heard? To think about Gardel´s last song is like the fish´s last flapping or the flight of a bird. Imagining the end of an unmeasurable talent.

The year was 1935. Carlos Gardel had arrived at Colombia on June 2nd to perform in a tour. In his agenda he planned to visit Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bogotá, Medellín and finally, Cali.

After 21 days on tour and more than 18 presentations throughout Colombia, the world´s most famous tango singer was enjoying his last day in Colombia in its Capital: Bogotá. While he was there, before parting to Cali, Gardel stopped by the radio station “La Voz de la Víctor” (Victor´s voice), where tons of fans were waiting for him.

That day was July 23. Carlos Gardel had spent a great amount of time singing and exuding emotional messages in the Colombian radio. Among other, one foreshadowed his goodbye “Before performing my last song (on the radio) I want to say that I have felt profound emotions in Colombia. Thank you for your kindness. I find a warm fondness in the children´s smiles, the women´s glance and the Colombian´s goodness…I don´t know if I will return, because man proposes but God disposes…I can´t say goodbye, but see you later…”

In this manner, Gardel stopped his speech and while opening his chest, his heart, his throat and his mouth, he broke the silence with (without knowing) his last tango: “Tomo y obligo”

The next day, July 24, 1935, Carlos Gardel left Bogota to travel to Cali. But before arriving, he stopped in Medellin to see his “paisa” audience. After some photographs, applauses and cheers, Gardel got on the plane along his orchestra to keep on with the tour. At 3 pm, the airplane that Gardel was on received a green light to initiate the take-off. At that same time, another airplane on the same track also received the same authorization with one final result: the collision between the two airships. The collision immediately provoked a fire with 17 deaths: one of them was Carlos Gardel.

One Comment

  • Pedro Lara

    Realmente hay poca información de lo que ocurrió ese último gran día en la vida del zorzal criollo pero gracias al archivo de hemeroteca de los periódicos locales posteriores a la tragedia dieron pistas de como fue su interpretación en la radio La Voz de la Victor que se identificaba como HJ3-ABH 1005 kilociclos, Nicolas Diaz y Alfonzo Azafat dieron la presentación del cantante con sus guitarristas, aunque la primera interpretación fue un vals instrumental tocado solo por el trió de guitarristas, al terminar aparece Gardel y canta Insomnio, Carlos al terminar dice unas palabras apenándose de tener que despedirse de Bogotá así como agradeciéndole el apoyo del publico que lo acompañó durante sus presentaciones y prometiendo que cantará las canciones que mas le han gustado al publico bogotano por lo que continuó con Cuesta Abajo, Tengo Miedo luego un solo de guitarra de José María Aguilar, Melodía de Arrabal y el Carretero.

    Luego se hace un intermedio donde Gardel y Le Pera habla y conversa con el publico de la radiodifusora respondiendo preguntas del entrevistador y en una ocasión bromeando con gente del publico que le hacen preguntas como: ¿que edad tiene usted? respondiendo Gardel retando al entrevistador a que adivine, el entrevistador le responde que le calcula 37 años y Gardel le confirma su dato graciosamente añadiendo que un artista nunca debe confesar su verdadera edad porque entonces se acabó, continuando su interpretación con No te engañes corazón y Silencio a petición del publico, luego Gardel antes de despedirse dice unas palabras al publico y le dedica una canción al Maestro Emilio Murillo e interpreta el bambuco Las aguas del magdalena (llamada “rumores” en el repertorio de Gardel) antes de interpretar finalmente Tomo y Obligo luego Gardel hizo el vía crucis de salir de la emisora a la que el historiador Gabriel Camargo Perez que relató la nota para el diario El Tiempo poco luego de la tragedia mencionando que el cantante y sus acompañantes tardaron aproximadamente 15 minutos en salir de la misma.

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