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The Role of the Tango Orchestra Singer

I often get asked about dancing to tangos with singers. The tango singer has had four distinctive roles over time:
 

  • National Singer (Cantor Nacional)
  • The Refrain Singer (Estbrillista)
  • The Orchestra Singer (Cantor de la Orchesta)
  • The Star Soloist

These roles are not tied to specific dates, and they often overlapped in time.

Why is this important for dancers and DJs? The role of the singer impacts the structure of the music. Understanding this structure can help us as dancers. For DJs, we should understand which tangos are meant for and are good for dancing. The tangos best for dancing are the ones which utilize the singer as estribillista or as cantor de la orchesta. I will explain why.

The National Singer (Cantor Nacional)

From the earliest days of tangos, singers would accompany guitarists (sometimes pianos) or “typical trios.” They would sing all the lyrics of a song including verses and choruses (refrain). These duos or groups would usually play tangos, valses, and milongas, along with folk songs such as zambas, rancheras, tonadas. These singers were called “cantor nacional,” and they would be able to sing in all of these styles. Below is an example of a typical tango duo Corsini y Magaldi with Ignacio Corsini singing and Agustin Magaldi on guitar. Notice that Corsini sings the full lyrics: verse, chorus, verse, chorus.

"Palomita Blanca" by Ignacio Corsini (singer) & Agustin Magaldi (guitar)

 

This type of singer would also be employed for the tango canción. These were songs that were not intended for dancing and were mostly sentimental in nature. The most famous tango canción was probably "Mi Noche Triste (My Sad Night)" recorded in 1917 by Carlos Gardel.

"Mi Noche Triste" by Carlos Gardel (1917)

 

Some of the famous "cantors  nacional" were Carlos Gardel, Ignacio Corsini, Hugo del Carril, Charlo, Agustín Magaldi, Alberto Gómez and Agustín Irusta.

The Refrain Singer (Estribillista)

When the orquesta típica was created in the early 1900s, they primarily played instrumentals. Sometimes a member of the orchestra might say something, but it was usually for humorous effect rather than singing. In his memoirs, Francisco Canaro claims that he was the first to use an estribillista in his orchestra. In 1927, he recorded his brother’s tango “Así es el Mundo,” which featured Roberto Díaz. Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to find a copy of this song.

So what defines an estribillista? An estribillista was restricted to singing a very small portion of the lyrics, usually the chorus (refrain) or just a single verse. They were considered just another instrument and were often not even mentioned on the record label and if they were then it was in very small type. Sometimes they were employed by a specific orchestra, but often they were employed by the recording label and would sing for all the orchestras under that label.
Some important estribillistas were: Ernesto Famá, Charlo, Teófilo Ibañez, Francisco Fiorentino, Roberto Ray, Carlos Dante, Agustín Irusta, Jorge Omar.

Table 1: Hearing the difference between an "estribillista" and a "cantor nacional"

Listen to these two versions of the same exact song:

"Casas Viejas" by Francisco Canaro with Roberto Maida

 

"Casas Viejas" by Francisco Canaro with Charlo y Ada Falcon

 

Would it surprise you to learn that both versions were recorded only a week apart? The Roberto Maida version was recorded on 8/16/1935 and the Charlo/Falcon version on 8/25/1935. Hmmmm... So why would Canaro do that?

Because there were two different audiences for tango music, the general public and dancers.

In the first version, Maida is acting as an "estribillista." He is at the service of the orchestra. He only sings for a short time and blends with the orchestra. Also, notice the strong walking beat (pulse) in the music. This version is for dancers. Now technically, he is not singing the chorus/refrain, he is singing the first verse of the song, but it is still just the first verse. He is not singing the full lyrics of the song (verse, chorus, verse), he is just singing 1/3 of the lyrics and does not even start singing until 1:39 into the song.

In the second version, Charlo and Ada Falcon are soloists or cantor nacional. The entire lyric gets sung, the first verse by Charlo and then Falcon joins in to make it a duet for the chorus and the final verse. The walking beat is not as clear and is in the background, the orchestra is in service of the singers. Sometimes the beat even completely disappears, this would be very difficult for dancers. This is not for dancing.


The Orchestra Singer (Cantor de la Orchesta)

In the mid-1930s and early 1940s, the role of the singer was evolving. The singer was becoming a more and more important member of the orchestra. People would come to shows or buy records to hear a particular singer. Orchestras and singers became more linked, for instance one might say Di Sarli y Rufino, Di Sarli y Podesta or Troilo y Fiorentino.

So what is the difference between an “estribillista” and a “cantor de la orchesta?” It is a combination of the emphasis put on the lyric and the length of time of the singing. For instance,  an “estribillista” would only get a single chorus or a single verse to sing (approx 30 seconds), but the “cantor de la orchesta” would get to sing a verse, a chorus and often a repeat of the chorus at the very end (60 seconds or more).  It is important to note that they were still a member of the orchestra and rarely got to sing the whole lyric. As with the "estribillista," they were still very much in service to the orchestra.

Generally, a typical tango goes verse, chorus, verse, chorus, verse, outro (coda). The “cantor de la orchesta” will generally enter the song on the 2nd verse or about 1 minute into the song. This is important for dancers! We get to hear one full verse and chorus without singing, so that we can feel the music and already be familiar with the accents of the music before the singer begins.

You can hear the transition from “estribillistas” into “cantors de la orchesta” beginning in the mid-1930s in Jorge Ortiz with Lomuto, Roberto Ray with Fresedo, Horacio Lagos with Donato and Roberto Maida with Francisco Canaro. But when we speak of “cantor de la orchesta,” some of the singers that we think of are Francisco Fiorentino and Alberto Marino with Troilo, Ángel Vargas with D’Agostino, Alberto Castillo and Enrique Campos with Tanturi, Raúl Berón with Caló, Roberto Rufino and Alberto Podesta with Di Sarli, Alberto Echagüe and Héctor Mauré with D’Arienzo.

After 1941, you can’t find many instrumentals, because of the popularity of the singers. It also marked a change in tango music to a more smooth, melodic sound.

Here are two good examples of the "cantor de la orchesta:"

"Tinta Roja" by Aníbal Troilo with Francisco Fiorentino

 

"Nada" by Carlos Di Sarli with Alberto Podesta

 

"Al Compas del Corazón" by Miguel Caló with Raúl Berón

 

"Tres Esquinas" by Ángel D'Agostino with Ángel Vargas

 

"Palomita Blanca" (1944) by Aníbal Troilo with Floreal Ruiz and Alberto Marino
This is the same song as above. In the above version, the singer sang all of the lyric and sang pretty much throughout the song. In this version, the singing does not begin until the 2 minute mark and the singers sing 1 verse and 1 chorus.

 

Table 2: Same Singer, Two Different Roles

As mentioned above, many singers transitioned from the role of the "estribillista" to that of a "cantor de la orchesta." Alberto Echagüe was one of these. Listen to the two tangos below. In "Pénsalo Bién," Echagüe is a classic example of an "estribillista." He only briefly sings the chorus. Just a year later, in "Trago Amargo," he is singing the first verse, the chorus, and a touch of the final verse. His role as expanded.

"Pénsalo Bién" by Juan d'Arienzo with Alberto Echagüe (1938)

 

"Trago Amargo" by Juan d'Arienzo with Alberto Echagüe (1939)

 

The Star Soloist

There is a reason that the vast majority of the music played at milongas is from the “golden decade (1935 to 1945)” and not from the “golden age (1935 to 1955)” of tango. In the mid-1940s, the singers began to become more important than the orchestras. In fact, many of the most popular singers left to start their own orchestras such as Alberto Castillo, Francisco Fiorentino and Ángel Vargas.

The distinguishing features of the soloist is that they are the star and the orchestra is more in the background and they sing the entire lyric of the song. This phenomenon became more pronounced as the youth of Argentina began to dance other dances and most tango music was more for listening. Some famous star soloists were Edmundo Rivero, Roberto Goyeneche, Alberto Morán, Miguel Montero, Jorge Vidal and Argentino Ledesma.

It should be noted that some orchestras, such as Di Sarli, kept a focus on the dancer while giving the singer more prestige.

"Tinta Roja" by Aníbal Troilo with Roberto Goyeneche
Notice the difference between this version and the version above. It is the same orchestra, but from a different time and with a different focus on the singer.

 

"Duelo Criollo" by Alberto Marino

 

"Sur" by Edmundo Rivero

 

Conclusion

For DJs and dancers, most of the music that we dance to has singers, but we primarily dance to singers when they are acting as an “estribillista” or “cantor de la orchesta.” Most of this music was recorded between 1935 and 1945, but there are exceptions.The main thing to listen for is if the singer sounds like he/she is above the orchestra, if the singer is much louder and you can not clearly hear the music then it is not good for dancing. Always keep in mind that the vast majority of tango music was not intended for dancers. Tango is about much more than dancing, it is also poetry, music, culture, art, etc.

Disclaimer: Yes. You might can find examples that don't fit these conclusions or time spans. What I am trying to look at here is what was the norm.

Sources
Here is a list of some of the sources that I used to put this article together:

Todo Tango's Article: The Tango Singer

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Francisco Canaro Tandas

Francisco CanaroHere are some Francisco Canaro  tandas. My favorites are highlighted.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
Great set if you are looking for a Guardia Vieja/Canyengue Set.
A Media Luz Francisco Canaro   1926 Tango
Caminito Francisco Canaro   1926 Tango
Organito de la Tarde Francisco Canaro   1927 Tango
Viejo Ciego Francisco Canaro Charlo 1928 Tango
Don Juan Francisco Canaro   1929 Tango
         
Lorenzo Francisco Canaro   1927 Tango
El Pollito Francisco Canaro   1927 Tango
El Chamuyo Francisco Canaro   1933 Tango
Hotel Victoria Francisco Canaro   1935 Tango
         
Another good Canyengue set.
El Pollito Francisco Canaro   1927 Tango
Viejo Ciego Francisco Canaro Charlo 1928 Tango
Yira Yira Francisco Canaro Luis Diaz 1930 Tango
La Ultima Copa Francisco Canaro Agustin Irusta 1927 Tango
Hotel Victoria Francisco Canaro   1935 Tango
         
Casas Viejas Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
Que Le Importa Al Mundo Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1936 Tango
Alma de Bandoneón Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
Cogote Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
         
Listen to this Tanda        
Poema Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
La Copla Porteña Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida y Choir 1935 Tango
Soledad Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
Cambalache Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
         
Ciego Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
Cambalache Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
La Copla Porteña Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
No Hay Que Hacerse Mala Sangre Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
         
This is a mixed singer tanda, but you could leave the first one off an have an all Maida tanda. The first two songs go very well together though. This is not my favorite tanda, as it is a little too calm for Canaro, but the songs are very pretty.
Canto Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1934 Tango
Dónde? Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
Envidia Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1936 Tango
Fracaso Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1936 Tango
Siempre Unidos Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1936 Tango
         
Poema is a difficult song, but I like this tanda and it usually goes over well. I try to start calmer and grow in energy through the set.
Siempre Unidos Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1936 Tango
Poema Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Tango
Que Le Importa Al Mundo Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1936 Tango
Pampa Francisco Canaro   1938 Tango
Paciencia Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Tango
         
Some people are saying that Invierno is the new Poema. It is a great song, but I wish a cleaner version of it was available. This is a great set.
Viejo Tiempo Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1937 Tango
Condena (S.O.S) Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1937 Tango
Invierno Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1937 Tango
La Cuarenta Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1937 Tango
         
Listen to this tanda. Very fun and energetic set. Will definately lift spirits if you need a pick up the energy tanda.
La Melodia de Nuestro Adios Francisco Canaro   1938 Tango
Paciencia Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Tango
Pampa Francisco Canaro   1938 Tango
Mano a Mano Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Tango
         
La Maleva Francisco Canaro   1938 Tango
Yo No Sé Por Qué Te Quiero Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1933 Tango
La Melodia de Nuestro Adios Francisco Canaro   1938 Tango
Pampa Francisco Canaro   1938 Tango
         
La Maleva Francisco Canaro   1938 Tango
Madreselva Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Tango
Paciencia Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Tango
Quiero Verte Una Vez Más Francisco Canaro   1939 Tango
         
Not a huge fan of Quinteto Don Pancho, but they are all nice songs and any of these would make a perfectly good tanda.
Derecho Viejo Quinteto Don Pancho   1938 Tango
La Clavada Quinteto Don Pancho   1938 Tango
Don Juan Quinteto Don Pancho   1938 Tango
El Flete Quinteto Don Pancho   1939 Tango
El Ciruja Quinteto Don Pancho   1939 Tango
Sufra! Quinteto Don Pancho   1938 Tango
Quejas de Bandoneon Quinteto Don Pancho   1940 Tango
         
Listen to this tanda
High energy tanda
Tormenta Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1939 Tango
Mala Suerte Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1939 Tango
El Vino Triste Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama  1939 Tango
No Me Pregunta Por Qué Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1939 Tango
         
I would start with Todo Te Nombra and drop Toda Mi Vida if I wanted to start off with lots of energy OR I would do the opposite to start with less energy and build up energy through the tanda.
Todo Te Nombra Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1939 Tango
Toda Mi Vida Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1941 Tango
Esta Noche Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1940 Tango
Como Dos Extraños Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1940 Tango
En Un Beso La Vida Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1940 Tango
         
I wish I had better versions of Mi Serenata and La Melodia del Corazon, but it is still a great set and classic songs.
Cuartito Azul Francisco Canaro Francisco Amor 1939 Tango
Sentimiento Gaucho Francisco Canaro   1940 Tango
Mi Serenata Francisco Canaro Francisco Amor 1940 Tango
La Melodía del Corazón Francisco Canaro Francisco Amor 1940 Tango
         
En Esta Tarde Gris Francisco Canaro Francisco Amor 1941 Tango
Copa de Ajenjo Francisco Canaro Francisco Amor 1941 Tango
Lo Que El Viento Se Llevó Francisco Canaro Francisco Amor 1941 Tango
Sentimiento Gaucho Francisco Canaro   1940 Tango
         
A little off the beaten path here, but still very nice songs. Any 3 or 4 would make a very nice tanda.
Cada Vez Que Me Recuerdes Francisco Canaro Eduardo Adrián 1943 Tango
En El Viejo Café Francisco Canaro Eduardo Adrián 1942 Tango
Corazón Encadenado Francisco Canaro Eduardo Adrián 1942 Tango
Necesito Olvidar Francisco Canaro Eduardo Adrián 1942 Tango
Gricel Francisco Canaro Eduardo Adrián 1942 Tango
         
Uno Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldan 1943 Tango
Destellos Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldan 1944 Tango
Asi Se Baila El Tango Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldan 1943 Tango
Yo Estamos Iguales Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldan 1945

 

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Carlos di Sarli Instrumental Tandas

This is a collection of Carlos di Sarli Tandas. My favorite tandas are highlighted.

Learn more about Carlos di Sarli on our Tango Orchestra Biographies page.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
 
Milonguero Viejo Carlos di Sarli   1940 Tango
El Retirao // El Retirado Carlos di Sarli   1940 Tango
El Incendio Carlos di Sarli   1940 Tango
Nobleza de Arrabal Carlos di Sarli   1940 Tango
         
El Jaguar Carlos di Sarli   1940 Tango
El Pollo Ricardo Carlos di Sarli   1940 Tango
Catamarca Carlos di Sarli   1940 Tango
Racing Club Carlos di Sarli   1940 Tango
         
Germaine Carlos di Sarli   1941 Tango
Marejada Carlos di Sarli   1941 Tango
El Recodo Carlos di Sarli   1941 Tango
La Torcacita Carlos di Sarli   1941 Tango
         
Don Juan Carlos di Sarli   1941 Tango
El Estagiario Carlos di Sarli   1941 Tango
Marianito Carlos di Sarli   1941 Tango
La Morocha Carlos di Sarli   1941 Tango
         
El Cabure Carlos di Sarli   1946 Tango
Siete Palabras Carlos di Sarli   1945 Tango
Don Jose Carlos di Sarli   1943 Tango
El Distinguido Ciudadano Carlos di Sarli   1946 Tango
         
El Amanecer Carlos di Sarli   1954 Tango
El Once Carlos di Sarli   1954 Tango
A La Gran Muñeca Carlos di Sarli   1954 Tango
Don Juan Carlos di Sarli   1955 Tango
         
El Choclo // Speech by Di Sarli Carlos di Sarli Carlos di Sarli 1954 Tango
Cuidado Con Los 50 Carlos di Sarli   1954 Tango
Don Jose Maria Carlos di Sarli   1954 Tango
Los 33 Orientales Carlos di Sarli   1956 Tango
         
Milonguero Viejo Carlos di Sarli   1955 Tango
Nueve Puntos // 9 Puntos Carlos di Sarli   1956 Tango
El Ingeniero Carlos di Sarli   1955 Tango
Viviani Carlos di Sarli   1956 Tango
         
Organito de la Tarde Carlos di Sarli   1954 Tango
Cara Sucia Carlos di Sarli   1957 Tango
Rodriguez Pena Carlos di Sarli   1956 Tango
Comme Il Faut Carlos di Sarli   1955 Tango
         
La Morocha Carlos di Sarli   1951 Tango
Bar Exposición Carlos di Sarli   1952 Tango
Los 33 Orientales Carlos di Sarli   1956 Tango
La Cumparsita Carlos di Sarli   1956 Tango
         
El Abrojo Carlos di Sarli   1958 Tango
Bahía Blanca Carlos di Sarli   1957 Tango
Champagne Tango Carlos di Sarli   1958 Tango
Una Fija Carlos di Sarli   1958 Tango
         
Listen to this Tanda        
Una Fija Carlos di Sarli   1958 Tango
Indio Manso Carlos di Sarli   1958 Tango
Hasta Siempre Amor Carlos di Sarli Horacio Casares 1958 Tango
El Jaguel Carlos di Sarli   1956 Tango

 

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Francisco Lomuto Tandas

Here are some Francisco Lomuto tandas. My favorites are highlighted.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
Cicatirces Francisco Lomuto   1927 Tango
Fumando Espero Francisco Lomuto   1927 Tango
Guapito Francisco Lomuto   1928 Tango
Lagrimitas Francisco Lomuto   1927 Tango
         
Guapito Francisco Lomuto   1928 Tango
Nunca Más Francisco Lomuto Alberto Hilarion Acuña
y Fernando Díaz
1931 Tango
Intimas Francisco Lomuto Fernando Díaz 1931 Tango
Si Soy Asi Francisco Lomuto Fernando Díaz 1933 Tango
         
Nostalgias Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1936 Tango
Caminito Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar & Celly Brian 1935 Tango
La Melodiá de Nuestro Adiós Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1938 Tango
Sentimiento Gaucho Francisco Lomuto   1942 Tango
         
Madreselva Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1938 Tango
Caminito Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar
y Celly Brian
1935 Tango
Las Cuarenta (40) Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1937 Tango
Mano a Mano Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1936 Tango
         
Quiero Verte Una Vez Más Francisco Lomuto Fernando Díaz 1940 Tango
Se Han Sentado las Carretas Francisco Lomuto Fernando Díaz
y Jorge Omar
1939 Tango
La Gayola Francisco Lomuto Fernando Díaz 1941 Tango
Sentimiento Gaucho Francisco Lomuto   1942 Tango
         
Por La Vuelta Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1939 Tango
Tormenta Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1939 Tango
Yo Naci Para Querer Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1940 Tango
Sentimiento Gaucho Francisco Lomuto   1942 Tango
         
Solamente Ella Francisco Lomuto Alberto Rivera 1944 Tango
Criolla Linda Francisco Lomuto   1942 Tango
Catamarca Francisco Lomuto   1943 Tango
Por La Vuelta Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1939 Tango

 

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Edgardo Donato Tandas

Here are some Edgardo Donato tandas. My favorites are highlighted.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
This is a fun tanda. Also, sometimes I end this set with Tierrita, which is very energetic or La Cumparsita.
El Huracán Edgardo Donato  Felix Gutierrez 1932 Tango
Qué Hacés,  Qué Hacés Edgardo Donato  Felix Gutierrez 1933 Tango
El Acomodo Edgardo Donato   1933 Tango
La Tablada Edgardo Donato   1936 Tango
         
El Acomodo Edgardo Donato   1933 Tango
Hay Que Acomodarse Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1935 Tango
Santa Milonguita Edgardo Donato   1933 Tango
Gato Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
         
Esto Es El Colmo Edgardo Donato Antonio Maida 1934 Tango
Santa Milonguita Edgardo Donato Felix Gutierrez 1933 Tango
El Día Que Me Quieras Edgardo Donato Jorge Ortiz 1935 Tango
Hay Que Acomodarse Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1935 Tango
         
Listen to this Tanda        
Hay Que Acomodarse Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1935 Tango
No Te Cases Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y choir 1937 Tango
Gato Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
Se Va La Vida Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1936 Tango
         
Asi Es Es El Tango Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
Gato Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
Hacete Cartel Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1937 Tango
No Te Cases Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Choir 1937 Tango
         
El Acomodo Edgardo Donato   1933 Tango
El Chamuyo Edgardo Donato   1938 Tango
El Estagiario Edgardo Donato   1938 Tango
Pasión Criolla Edgardo Donato   1939 Tango

 

Listen to this tanda

       
Alas Rotas Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1938 Tango
Soy Mendigo Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1939 Tango
Mis Pesares Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
Sombra Gaucha Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales 1939 Tango
         
Listen to this tanda
El Adiós Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1938 Tango
Mi serenata Edgardo Donato Lita Morales y Romeo Gavioli 1940 Tango
Yo Te Amo Edgardo Donato Lita Morales y Romeo Gavioli 1940 Tango
La Melodia Del Corazon Edgardo Donato Romeo Gavioli 1940 Tango
         
Sinsabor Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales 1939 Tango
Mis Pesares Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
Un Libro Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
Carnaval De Mi Barrio Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales
y Romeo Gavioli
1939 Tango
         
Mis Pesares Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
A Oscuras Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1941 Tango
A Media Luz Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1940 Tango
Carnaval De Mi Barrio Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales
y Romeo Gavioli
1939 Tango

 

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Other Orchestras Tandas (OTV, Carabelli, Malerba, etc)

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
Listen to this Tanda      
La Piba de los Jazmines Ricardo Malerba Orlando Medina 1943 Tango
Embrujamiento Ricardo Malerba Orlando Medina 1943 Tango
Ninguna Ricardo Malerba Orlando Medina 1942 Tango
Remembranza Ricardo Malerba Orlando Medina 1943 Tango
         
Here are some Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) and Adolfo Carabelli tandas. My favorites are highlighted.

I have combined these two orchestras because Carabelli was the leader of OTV and many of the musicians were in both orchestras recording around the same time period.

Malquerida Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1927 Tango
Che Papusa Oi Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1927 Tango
Dominio Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1928 Tango
Pampa Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1932 Tango
         
Porteñito Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1928 Tango
Che Papusa Oi Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1927 Tango
Dominio Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1928 Tango
Niño Bien Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1928 Tango
         
Niño Bien Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1928 Tango
Dominio Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1928 Tango
Porteñito Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1928 Tango
Mi Último Trago Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Teofilo Ibañez 1931 Tango
         
Carrillón de la merced Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Ernesto Famá 1931 Tango
El Chamuyo Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1930 Tango
Fumando Espero Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1927  
Chorra Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1928 Tango
         
Cantando Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Alberto Gómez
y Mercedes Simone
1931 Tango
Quiero Papita Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Alberto Gómez 1932 Tango
Rodriguez Pena Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Alberto Gómez 1932 Tango
Ventarrón Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Alberto Gómez 1933 Tango
         
       
El Caburé Adolfo Carabelli   1932 Tango
Pa' Que Lagrime Adolfo Carabelli Carlos Lafuente 1932 Tango
Inspiración Adolfo Carabelli Alberto Gomez 1932 Tango
El Trece Adolfo Carabelli Alberto Gomez 1932 Tango
         
I sometimes end this tanda with Ventarrón by OTV.
Alma Adolfo Carabelli Alberto Gómez 1932 Tango
Mia Adolfo Carabelli  Carlos Lafuente 1933 Tango
La Guiñada Adolfo Carabelli   1932 Tango
Rodriguez Pena Adolfo Carabelli Alberto Gómez 1932 Tango
         
Felicia Adolfo Carabelli   1932 Tango
Cardos Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1931 Tango
Pa' Que Lagrime Adolfo Carabelli Carlos Lafuente 1932 Tango
El Pensamiento Adolfo Carabelli Carlos Lafuente 1932 Tango
         
Porteñito Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1928 Tango
Mi Último Trago Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Teofilo Ibañez 1931 Tango
Llamale Hache Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Charlo 1932 Tango
El Mortero del Globito Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Alberto Gómez 1933 Tango
         
Ventarrón Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Alberto Gómez 1933 Tango
Jueves Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV)   1934 Tango
Adiós Buenos Aires Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Angel Vargas 1938 Tango
Incertidumbre Orquesta Típica Victor (OTV) Angel Vargas 1938 Tango

 

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Enrique Rodriguez Tandas

Here are some Enrique Rodriguez  tandas. My favorites are highlighted.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
Listen to this Tanda        
Déjame Ser Así Enrique Rodriguez Roberto Flores 1938 Tango
Vendrás Alguna Vez Enrique Rodriguez Roberto Flores 1938 Tango
Si No Me Engaña el Corazón Enrique Rodriguez Roberto Flores 1939 Tango
Son Cosas del Bandoneón Enrique Rodriguez Roberto Flores 1936 Tango
         
Déjame Ser Así Enrique Rodriguez Roberto Flores 1938 Tango
Vendrás Alguna Vez Enrique Rodriguez Roberto Flores 1938 Tango
Danza Maligna Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Tango
La Gayola Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1941 Tango
         
From 1940 to 1942, Rodriguez had a very consistent sound, so many of the songs from this time period can be combined to make great tandas.
Llorar Por Una Mujer Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1941 Tango
Danza Maligna Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Tango
Nyanzas y Malevos Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Tango
Tabernero Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1941 Tango
         
No Te Quiero Mas Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Tango
Contigo, Pan y Cebolla Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Tango
La Torcacita Enrique Rodriguez   1940 Tango
A Media Luz Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Tango
         
La Torcacita Enrique Rodriguez   1940 Tango
Llorar Por Una Mujer Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1941 Tango
En La Buena y En La Mala Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Tango
Como Se Pianta La Vida Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Tango
         
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This is a great tanda and is easy for beginners while still very interesting for advanced dancers.
En La Buena y En La Mala Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1940 Tango
Suerte Loca Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1941 Tango
Llorar Por Una Mujer Enrique Rodriguez  Armando Moreno 1941 Tango
La Gayola Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1941 Tango
         
This is a very consistent tanda and is very easy to dance to.
El Encopao Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1942 Tango
Expresion Campera Enrique Rodriguez   1942 Tango
Como Has Cambiado Pebeta Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1942 Tango
Mirame De Frente Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1942 Tango
         
This is a very calm set for Rodriguez.
Tango Argentino Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1942 Tango
Un Tropezon Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1942 Tango
Yo Tambien Tube Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1942 Tango
Un Copetin Enrique Rodriguez Roberto Flores 1942 Tango
         
Yo No Sé Porque Razon is a wonderful song, but is very hard to place into a tanda. This is the best I could come up with. It is a good tanda but the last song does still stand out from the rest.
Marinero Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1943 Tango
Este Es Tu Tango Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1943 Tango
Adios Para Siempre Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1943 Tango
Yo No Sé Porque Razon Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1942 Tango
         
Expresion Campera Enrique Rodriguez   1942 Tango
El Morochito Enrique Rodriguez   1942 Tango
Florida Enrique Rodriguez   1942 Tango
La Torcacita Enrique Rodriguez   1942 Tango
         
Este Es Tu Tango Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1943 Tango
Ya No Cantas Chingolo Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1943 Tango
Silbando un Tango Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1944 Tango
Motivo Sentimental Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1944 Tango
         
This is a nice calm set.
La Vi Llegar Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1944 Tango
Tu... El Cielo y Tu Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1944 Tango
Traje De Novi Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1945 Tango
Luna Lena Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1945 Tango
         
La Vi Llegar Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1944 Tango
Luna Llena Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1945 Tango
Tu Intimo Secreto Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1945 Tango
Y Asi... Nacio Este Tango Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno 1945 Tango
         
 Royal Pigall Enrique Rodriguez   1955 Tango
 El Once Enrique Rodriguez   1956 Tango
 El Rapido Enrique Rodriguez   1954 Tango
 La Cumparsita Enrique Rodriguez   1953 Tango

 

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Osvaldo Fresedo Tandas

Here is a collection of Osvaldo Fresedo tandas. My favorite tandas are highlighted.

 

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
This tanda contains some very early recordings in the guardia vieja or canyengue style.
Noche de Reyes Osvaldo Fresedo   1927 Tango
 Re Fa Si Osvaldo Fresedo   1927 Tango
La Última Carta Osvaldo Fresedo Ernesto Fama 1928 Tango
Alma en Pena Osvaldo Fresedo Ernesto Fama 1928 Tango
         
Another tanda containing recordings in the guardia vieja or canyengue style, but a few years later. You can hear a clear evolution from the previous tanda.
 El Espiante Osvaldo Fresedo   1932 Tango
 Metido // Enamorado Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1931 Tango
 El Rebelde Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1931 Tango
 El Once // A Divertirse Osvaldo Fresedo Teofilo Ibañez 1932 Tango
         
When compared to the previous tandas, you can clearly hear the evolution in the music that was taking place during the final phase of the Guardia Vieja period, also known as Guardia Nueva (1925-1935).
Tigre Viejo Osvaldo Fresedo   1934 Tango
La Clavada Osvaldo Fresedo   1933 Tango
Colibriyo Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1933 Tango
Poliya Osvaldo Fresedo   1939 Tango
         
El Once Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1935 Tango
Poliya Osvaldo Fresedo   1939 Tango
Firulete Osvaldo Fresedo   1939 Tango
Derecho Viejo Osvaldo Fresedo   1941 Tango
         
5 Star Tanda
Great tanda that is fun and playful. People are always happy after this tanda.
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Cordobesita Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1933 Tango
Isla de Capri Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1935 Foxtrot
Siempre es Carnaval Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1933 Tango
El Once Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1935 Tango
         
Recuerdos de Bohemia Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1935 Tango
Yo No Se Llorar Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1933 Tango
En La Huella del Dolor Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1934 Tango
Aromas Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1938 Tango
         
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This tanda has a some of the most famous tangos ever recorded and you can never go wrong with this tanda. Vida Mia is one of my all time favorite songs, also check out Fresedo's version of Vida Mia with Dizzy Gillespie from the 1950s.
Sollozos Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1937 Tango
Vida Mía Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1933 Tango
Niebla del Riachuelo Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1937 Tango
No Quiero Verte Llorar Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1937 Tango
         
Sueño Azul Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1937 Tango
Como Aquella Princessa Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1937 Tango
Pampero Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1935 Tango
Dulce Amargura Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1938 Tango
         
Canto de Amor Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1934 Tango
Angustia Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1938 Tango
Media Vida Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1938 Tango
Telón Osvaldo Fresedo Roberto Ray 1938 Tango
         
Nidito Azul Osvaldo Fresedo Carlos Mayel 1940 Tango
Esta Noche Osvaldo Fresedo Carlos Mayel 1940 Tango
Si El Corazón Supiera Osvaldo Fresedo Carlos Mayel 1940 Tango
Llamada de Amor Porteño Osvaldo Fresedo Carlos Mayel 1941 Tango
         
Careta, Careta Osvaldo Fresedo Carlos Mayel 1940 Tango
Marcas Osvaldo Fresedo Carlos Mayel 1941 Tango
Es Costumbre O Es Cariño Osvaldo Fresedo Carlos Mayel 1940 Tango
Esta Noche Osvaldo Fresedo Carlos Mayel 1940 Tango
         
Al Cerrar Los Ojos Osvaldo Fresedo Oscar Serpa 1943 Tango
Partir Lejos Osvaldo Fresedo Oscar Serpa 1943 Tango
Manón Osvaldo Fresedo Oscar Serpa 1942 Tango
Te Llama Mi Violín Osvaldo Fresedo Oscar Serpa 1942 Tango
         
Buscándote is a beautiful and classic tango. It has such a specific sound that it is difficult to make a tanda with it, but I think this one works very well. It is very slow and Fresedo did not record any other songs in that period at that tempo, so the tempo speeds up through the tanda.
Buscándote Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1941 Tango
Hablemos Claramente Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1941 Tango
Vamos Corazón Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1941 Tango
Vacilación Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1941 Tango
         
Mi Gitana Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1939 Tango
Volverás Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1939 Tango
Cuartito Azul Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1939 Tango
No Precisco Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1941 Tango
         
Si No Me Engaña El Corazón Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1939 Tango
Tango Mio Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1939 Tango
Y No Puede Ser Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1939 Tango
Vida Querida Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1940 Tango
         
Plegaria Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1941 Tango
En Este Rincón Amigo Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1941 Tango
Vamos Corazón Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1941 Tango
Un Amor Osvaldo Fresedo Ricardo Ruiz 1940 Tango

 

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Osvaldo Pugliese Tandas

Here is a collection of Osvaldo Pugliese tandas. My favorite tandas are highlighted.

Learn more about Osvaldo Pugliese on our Tango Orchestra Biographies page.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
My Favorite Pugliese Instrumental Tanda
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A Mis Companeros Osvaldo Pugliese   1956 Tango
Orgullo Criollo Osvaldo Pugliese   1956 Tango
Nochero Soy Osvaldo Pugliese   1956 Tango
Gente Amiga Osvaldo Pugliese   1958 Tango
         
Roberto Chanel Tanda
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Farol Osvaldo Pugliese Roberto Chanel 1943 Tango
Fuimos Osvaldo Pugliese Roberto Chanel 1944 Tango
Rondando Tu Esquina Osvaldo Pugliese Roberto Chanel 1945 Tango
Corrientes y Esmeralda Osvaldo Pugliese Roberto Chanel 1944 Tango
         
Dramatic Instrumentals Tanda
La Yumba Osvaldo Pugliese   1952 Tango
Pata Ancha Osvaldo Pugliese   1952 Tango
Chiqué // El elegante Osvaldo Pugliese   1953 Tango
Emancipacion Osvaldo Pugliese   1955 Tango
         
La Yumba Osvaldo Pugliese   1952 Tango
Pata Ancha Osvaldo Pugliese   1957 Tango
Gallo Ciego Osvaldo Pugliese   1959 Tango
Zum Osvaldo Pugliese   1973 Tango
         
Mixed Tanda I
La Mariposa Osvaldo Pugliese   1966 Tango
Quejumbroso Osvaldo Pugliese   1959 Tango
El Panuelito Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1959 Tango
Gallo Ciego Osvaldo Pugliese   1959 Tango
         
Classics Tanda Collection
Pasional Osvaldo Pugliese Alberto Morán 1951 Tango
Para Dos Osvaldo Pugliese   1952 Tango
De Floreo Osvaldo Pugliese   1950 Tango
Malandraca Osvaldo Pugliese   1949 Tango
         
Jorge Maciel Tanda I
Cascabelito Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1955 Tango
Un Tango para el recuerdo Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1950 Tango
Esta Noche de Luna Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1950 Tango
El Panuelito Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1959 Tango
         
Jorge Maciel Tanda II
Cascabelito Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1955 Tango
Remembranzas Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1956 Tango
Adios Corazon Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1958 Tango
Un Tango para el recuerdo Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1950 Tango
         
Late Period Dramatic Instrumentals Tanda Set
A Evaristo Carriego Osvaldo Pugliese   1969 Tango
Zum Osvaldo Pugliese   1973 Tango
Yunta De Oro Color Tango   2003 Tango
Tango A Pugliese Color Tango   2003 Tango
         
Mixed Tanda Set II
Fuimos Osvaldo Pugliese Roberto Chanel 1944 Tango
Cascabelito Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Maciel 1955 Tango
Qué te pasa Buenos Aires Osvaldo Pugliese Miguel Montero 1956 Tango
Orgullo Criollo Osvaldo Pugliese   1956 Tango
         
Late 1950s Dramatic Instrumentals Tanda
Yunta De Oro Osvaldo Pugliese   1957 Tango
Pata Ancha Osvaldo Pugliese   1957 Tango
A Los Amigos Osvaldo Pugliese   1960 Tango
Marrón Y Azul Osvaldo Pugliese   1956 Tango
         
Pugliese plays De Caro Tanda Collection
Mala Junta Osvaldo Pugliese   1943 Tango
Boedo Osvaldo Pugliese   1948 Tango
El Monito Osvaldo Pugliese   1945 Tango
Derecho Viejo Osvaldo Pugliese   1945 Tango
Tierra Querida Osvaldo Pugliese   1944 Tango
         
Alberto Morán Tanda
El Abrojito Osvaldo Pugliese Alberto Morán 1945 Tango
El Paladin Osvaldo Pugliese   1945 Tango
Mentira Osvaldo Pugliese Alberto Morán 1945 Tango
El Mareo Osvaldo Pugliese Alberto Moran
& Roberto Chanel
1947 Tango
         
Mixed 1940s Tanda
Las Marionetas Osvaldo Pugliese   1945 Tango
El Paladín Osvaldo Pugliese   1945 Tango
El Abrojito Osvaldo Pugliese Alberto Morán 1945 Tango
Negracha Osvaldo Pugliese   1948 Tango
         
Late 1950s Instrumentals Tanda
Yunta De Oro Osvaldo Pugliese   1957 Tango
Pata Ancha Osvaldo Pugliese   1957 Tango
A Los Amigos Osvaldo Pugliese   1960 Tango
Marrón y Azul Osvaldo Pugliese   1956 Tango
         
Pugliese and Piazzolla Together Tanda
Verano Porteno Osvaldo Pugliese   1966 Tango
Los mareados Pugliese y Piazzolla   1986 Tango
Tanguedia 3 Pugliese y Piazzolla   1986 Tango
Milonga Del Angel Pugliese y Piazzolla   1986 Milonga
         
Instrumental Tanda
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Recuerdo Osvaldo Pugliese   1944 Tango
Amurado Osvaldo Pugliese   1944 Tango
N.N. Osvaldo Pugliese   1947 Tango
Malandraca Osvaldo Pugliese   1949 Tango
         
Instrumental Tanda Set II
La Yumba Osvaldo Pugliese   1952 Tango
Patético Osvaldo Pugliese   1948 Tango
La Cachila Osvaldo Pugliese   1952 Tango
Gallo Ciego Osvaldo Pugliese   1959 Tango