Carlos Gardel arrived in Buenos Aires at the age of two. As a young man he became known in the
clubs and cafés of the barrios (districts) in Buenos Aires, establishing a famous folk singing
duo with José Razzano. But it was in the 1920s, when he began to specialise in tango singing, that he
rose to extraordinary fame.
Known as El Zorzal Criollo, the songbird of Buenos Aires, Carlos Gardel is a legendary figure in Argentina. The
charismatic French-born singer's career coincided with the development of that intrinsically Argentine
cultural icon, the tango (the vulgar music and dance of Buenos Aires' tenements).
Gardel made the music his own
by inventing the tango-song, and was an instant popular hit in Latin American countries. The elite overcame their
aversion to the tango's humble origins and open sensuality only when the man and his music were already widely
accepted in New York and Paris. Radio performances and a film career extended this appeal.
Gardel's sky-rocketing career was cut short in 1935, when he lost his
life in a plane crash in Colombia. An orgy of grief swept from New York to Puerto Rico, and
a woman in Havana suicided.
Hordes of people thronged to pay their respects as the singer's
body made the journey to its final resting place in a Buenos Aires cemetery, travelling via
Colombia, New York and Rio de Janeiro.
Instantly immortal and preserved forever young, his enduring
fame is measured by the oft-heard Argentine expression 'Gardel sings better every day'.
Seventy years after
his death, a devoted following keeps the legend blazing, playing Gardel's music daily, placing a lit
cigarette in the hand of the life-sized statue which graces his tomb and keeping his few films in circulation.
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