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Juan Carlos Cobián, the gentleman of tango

Juan Carlos Cobián was born on May 31, 1896 in Pigüé, a small Buenos Aires town reminiscent of the French countryside.

Juan Carlos Cobián

When he was only 3 years old, the Cobians moved to Bahía Blanca. Affectively and sentimentally linked to this city where his family lived for many years, and where the father house that inspired the tango “La Casita de Mis Viejos” existed, he studied at the Williams Conservatory with Numa Rossotti as a teacher.

In 1913, already received, Cobián arrived in Buenos Aires. He slept in $1 hotels and earned his first pesitos as a pianist in a German brewery and several cinemas, in which he put the music share to the silence of the films.

He formed a trio with one of the most sought-after bandoneonists of the moment, Genaro Espósito, and violinist Ernesto Zambonini, a facon man on the belt. Juan Carlos was on the opposite side of this musician. He was a typical “pack” that was enough for his accurate horn, usually for questions of polleras.

In those years, Cobián is already recognized for its great musical quality and refined elegance in the dress. A real athletic body dandy, with whom he wreak havoc among women, who were his weakness. Along with whiskey and champagne. He lives in the United States for five years working alongside the great Rodolfo Valentino.

He composed “Los dopados” (rentitled “Los dizzados”), “La casita de mis amelos”, “El cantor de Buenos Aires”, “Shusheta”, “Niebla del Riachuelo”, “Hunger”, “Ruby”, “Nostalgias” and “A bread and water” (with lyrics of Cadícamo), “You need to be go” (C. Flores), “Return to my side”, “Do not cut my wings”, “You have completely changed” (with E. Dizeo), “My shelter” (P. Numa Córdoba) and “The motive” (P. Contursi), “The night of the two”, “Monedita de lead” (both with their own letter) and many others.

Cobián contributed to the development of a tendency in which melodism was culted and in which their tangos were then inscribed by the brothers De Caro, Lucio Demare, Pedro Laurenz, Aníbal Troilo, Antonio Rodio, Alfredo Malerba and others.

Actor Juan Carlos Thorry always recounted that Cobián, in times of economic malaria, when he toured the interior of the country, always traveled with an old suitcase and guitar case. Why does a pianist want a guitar case? There he put his clothes and personal belongings. The bag was left at the hotels and left without paying with the excuse of going to play.

On December 10, 1953, he died at Fernández Hospital. Alone. He had lost consciousness and had even stolen his eternal gold bracelet without clasp (which he had soldered to make it “unmissable” in his regular fights at a clean fist). He was 57 years of intense life.

Was there anything else to be done on earth after I had done everything? Juan Carlos Cobian had chosen to live first and die second. He left this world without money. He left 50 works published in Buenos Aires and valuable manuscripts of unpublished tangos.

Source: La Nueva (By José Valle)

Publication Date: 31/05/2019

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