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Sandro: 11 interesting facts about the idol

His birth neighborhood, the origin of “Rosa, Rosa” or the reason for his famous red robe. Read the note to get to know “Sandro de América” better.

  1.  Although he is identified with Banfield, the beginning of his story is in Lanús 
    Son of Vicente Sánchez and Irma Nydia Ocampo, he was born on August 19, 1945, at the Sardá Maternity in the City of Buenos Aires. His childhood, adolescence, his first steps in music were lived in Valentín Alsina (Lanús) . Over the years, already consecrated and until his death, he lived in a mansion in Banfield (Lomas de Zamora) that became an icon, a pride for the inhabitants of the area.
  2.  Elvis and the origin of his vocation
    Sandro deeply admired Elvis Presley and imitated him. At the school ceremony of July 9, 1957, his teacher of 6.° degree invited him to perform that imitation and provoked the ovation of the public.
     Thus he felt the awakening of his vocation for music.
  3.  Why the stage name Sandro?
    Sandro was the name his parents wanted to give him and the authorities did not allow.
     So, since the early 1960s, Roberto Sanchez presented himself as Sandro.
  4.  His nickname “gypsy”
    His paternal grandfather had Hungarian ancestry, surname Popadopulos. When he emigrated to Spain he changed him to Rivadullas, a new identity with which he emigrated to Argentina. Sandro adopted that inheritance that earned him the nickname “gypsy”.
     But his nickname aroused controversies, as it is not confirmed that Sandro had Gypsy ancestry.
  5.  “ Rosa, Rosa”, his symbol song 
    In 1969 he composed “Rosa Rosa”, which sold two million albums. He told that the meaning was only an analogy between the woman and the flower, but the story tells a more real origin. Rosa Díaz, a domestic maid in the family of her artistic producer Jorge López Ruiz, inspired the song. One day, Sandro went into the kitchen and sang “Rosa, Rosa, you made me.” Its producer proposed to write a song and thus came up with his big hit.
  6.  His first film
    The year 1966 marked his film debut with the filmTacuara and Chamorro, pigeones de mans
     , which was filmed in the San Tafesino city of Coronda, and the towns of Maciel and Monje. It premiered in 1967 in the microcine of Coronda, with the presence of well-known figures who visited the city especially for this premiere.
  7.  Sandro and “La Cueva”
    Sandro was an integral part, along with other Argentine rockers, of the group that created, in 1966, the mythical local La Cueva
     , in Pueyrredón Street 1723 in Buenos Aires, a center for gathering and diffusion of Argentine rock, very related to the birth of and history of the genre.
  8.  His fans, their “babes” and the “battles of August 19” 
    Those teenagers from the 70s, who began to follow Sandro in every show and in his life, never stopped doing so and were one of the most remarkable phenomena of his career. Because of the permanence, he called them “my babes.” Every August 19 they met at their home in Banfield to celebrate their idol's birthday, a ritual they called the “battles of the 19th.” They rode guards, from the night before, dancing and singing, until Sandro came out, greeted them and even opened a section of his house to receive a group. His passion is still intact today.
  9.  The meaning of the red gown 
    The show ended and the audience was wanting much more. Sandro already in his dressing room, listened to the ovations and at the insistence went on stage again, but dressed in a red robe. That became a common thing and became a symbol: the red robe.
  10.  Sandro in numbers
    He published 52 original albums and sold at least eight million copies. His theme “Tengo” was considered by Rolling Stone magazine and the MTV television network as the n.#15 among the top 100 songs of Argentine rock.
     He made 16 films and was the first Latin American to sing at the Felt Forum del Masaid Square Garden. In 2005 he received a Latin Grammy.
  11.  Sandro de América
    In February 1968, he performed and won at the Viña del Mar Festival (Chile)
     and repeated the furor provoked in Buenos Aires. Viña opened the doors of Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic. Its success came to Latino communities in the United States.


Publication Date: 04/01/2020

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