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Francisco Canaro

The tango was brought to a higher level of sophistication by violinist and composer Francisco Canaro. The leader of one of the first tango groups to perform in aristocratic theaters, he continued to refine the genre, arranging many classic tango pieces for orchestra. Canaro's success was a far cry from his youth. Born in the small town of San Jose de Mayo, Uruguay, his family was so impoverished that he was unable to attend school. Although he moved with his family to Buenos Aires as child, he continued to live in severe poverty. By the age of ten, he was already working, selling newspapers on the streets of Buenos Aires. He later worked as a house painter. The first steps toward a better future came when Canaro was taught a few guitar chords by a neighbor. Inspired by the experience, he built a fiddle, using an oilcan and a wooden fingerboard. Teaching himself to play, he soon mastered the instrument. Performing with a trio, he made his debut in Ranchos, a town on the outskirts of the Argentinian capital city. Soon afterward, he found his first musical collaborator in bandeonist Vicente Greco. Devoting himself to the tango, Canaro joined Greco in a tour during 1908.

Canaro reached the next level of his career, in 1912, composing his first tune, "Pinta Brava," and conducting an orchestra for the first time. He continued to introduce new innovations to the tango tradition, becoming the first tango bandleader to feature a vocalist singing the "estrabillo" (bridge) and a contrabass singer providing harmony. Forming a 32-piece orchestra, Canaro performed at the Teatro Opera of Buenos Aires in 1921. Four years later, he traveled to Paris with a trio featuring vocalists Agustin Irusta and Robert Fugazot, and pianist Lucio Demare. For the next decade, he toured Europe with this group. Returning to the United States, Canaro continued to tour non-stop, establishing a fan base throughout North America. Their many radio appearances further established their standing as a leading tango group. Canaro's greatest disappointment was his lack of success as a movie producer. Although his company, Rio de la Plata Productions, produced 11 films between 1934 and 1950, none became hits. Canaro fought vigilantly for composers' rights throughout his life. In 1935, the SACEM (Argentine Society of Authors and Composers) was established at his estate. Canaro's memoirs were published, under the title Mis 50 Anos con el Tango (My 50 Years With the Tango), in 1956. He succumbed to Paget's disease on November 14, 1964. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: From Argentina To The World

1. Lorenzo

3. El Tigre

6. El Opio

8. El Entrerriano

11. Ojos Negros

12. Re Fa Si

13. La Tablada

14. Nobleza De Arrabal

15. Vibraciones Del Alma

17. Casas Viejas

20. Pajaro Azul

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Track List: El Tango De Buenos Aires

1. Me Llaman El Solitario

2. Borron De Niebla

3. Si Tu Me Quisieras

4. Eufemio Pizarro

5. El Choclo

6. Color De Barro

7. Destino De Trapo

8. Buenos Aires

9. Con La Otra

10. Piccolo Navio

12. Cuna De Fango

13. Tiempos Viejos

14. Esta Noche Me Emborracho

15. Cimarrona

16. Como Queres Que Te Quiera

18. Las Vueltas De La Vida

19. Nubes De Humo

20. Copa De Silencio

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Track List: La Melodia De Nuestro Adios

2. Para Ti Madre

4. El Pescante

5. Ronda Del Querer

6. Milonga De Mis Amores

9. Milonga Sentimental

10. Quisiera Amarte Menos

11. Pampa

13. Adios Juventud

14. Lorenzo

17. Retintin

18. Charamusca

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Track List: Bailando Tangos, Valses Y Milongas

1. Retintin

2. Pampa

3. La Maleva

4. Quiero Verte Una Vez Mas

5. Desde El Alma

9. Milonga De Mis Amores

12. Milongon

13. Pimienta

14. Sentimiento Gaucho

15. El Tigre

20. La Milonga De Mis Tiempos

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Track List: Serie De Oro

1. Desde El Alma

2. Cafe Para Dos

3. Naipe

4. Tres Amigos

5. Lo Que El Viento Se Llevo

6. En El Viejo Cafe

7. La Bandera De Mi Patria

8. La Milonga De Buenos Aires

10. En Un Beso La Vida

11. Mas Solo Que Nunca

12. Estampa Del '800

13. El Rey Del Bosque

14. San Benito De Palermo

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Track List: Desde El Alma - Reliquias

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Track List: Instrumentales Para Bailar - Reliquias

1. La Cumparsita

2. Canaro En Paris

3. Organito De La Tarde

4. El Esquinazo

6. El Tigre

9. El Opio

10. El Entrerriano

12. Lorenzo

13. Retintin

14. Ojos Negros

15. Re Fa Si

16. La Tablada

18. La Metralla

20. Pajaro Azul

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Track List: Tangos Inolvidables Del 40'

1. Toda Mi Vida

2. En Esta Tarde Gris

3. Gricel

6. Duelo Criollo

7. Maria

11. Sentimiento Gaucho

12. Charlemos

13. Copa De Ajenjo

14. Mas Solo Que Nunca

15. Muchacha

19. Yira Yira

20. Nobleza De Arrabal

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Track List: Roberto Maida Canta Sus Exitos - Reliquias

1. Mano A Mano

2. Madreselva

3. Nada Mas

9. Ave De Paso

10. Siempre Unidos

13. Paciencia

15. Que Le Importa Al Mundo

17. Mi Noche Triste

18. Amor

19. Milonguita

20. Noches De Amor

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Track List: Adios Muchachos - 1926-1938

5. Felicia

6. Sentimiento Gaucho

7. Chique

8. Nobleza De Arrabal

10. Nido De Amor

12. Ventanita Florida

15. Naipe Marcado

16. Milonga Sentimental

17. Charamusca

18. Hotel Victoria

20. Alma De Bandoneon

22. A Media Luz

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Los tangos de Francisco Canaro cada día suenan mejor. Un verdadero ídolo de nuestra música ciudadana. Hijo de nuestra hermana República Oriental del Uruguay.
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Canaro's music, for many reasons, brings exultation and tears. A time that can only pass this way again through listening to him.
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Que recuerdos!!!
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Bellisimo!
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eegert1
Yo tuve 13 anos quando me fui del Uruguay,pero lleve a Canaro en mi alm
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wandakiernan
SADAIC is the performing rights society in Argentina. SACEM is the performing rights society of France.
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rebote1950
canaro nació en Uruguay y en compañia de Carlos Roldan, también uruguayo, fueron la sin y el son de la canción ciudadana hasta hoy
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escuchando con mi papa en los angeles!
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I think Franisco Canaro is to Argentine Tango what Bill Gates is to computing.

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