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Ben Molar

A true and tireless multifaceted entrepreneur who shone in yesterday's Argentina.
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27 October, 2019

Moisés Smolarchik Brenner, known as Ben Molar, was born in Buenos Aires on October 3, 1915. He was an author, composer, diffuser, producer and artistic promoter.

He stood out for producing Spanish versions of the most famous songs of the time, such as “Las hojas muertas”, “Repican las campanas”, “Noche de paz, noche de amor”, etc. Something similar with songs from “ The Beatles”, Paul Anka, Elvis Presley and many others. It was common to read in the pieces of music or on the labels of the albums: “version in Spanish Ben Molar”. They were not literal translations, but idiomatic interpretations that facilitated their understanding in Argentina and Latin American countries.

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is worth mentioning the composition of famous boleros such as “Final”, “Unimportant” and “Let’s Start Again”, written together with Paul Misraki, famous French Turkish musician and author, during his exile in Buenos Aires.

He was responsible for the success of figures such as Mercedes Sosa, Sandro, “Los Cinco Latinos”, Lito Nebbia. “Grandparents of Nothing.” He created “El Club del Clan” and was the main promoter of Palito Ortega.

He created the musical label “Fermata”, with which he produced in 1966 the album entitled “14 con el tango”. It meant the creation of 14 musical pieces and 14 paintings bringing together the most notable figures in each category. The result of this effort increased the diffusion of tango, in an unfavorable period.

In 1995, “Fermata” produced “Los 14 con Julio De Caro”, a tribute to the Maestro, by famous tango soloists.

He married film actress Pola Newman, with whom he had two children. He was Honorary President of the Argentine Gardeliana Association, Member of the Porteña del LunfardoAcademy, Member of the CD of the Argentine Cultural Institute Israeli and Illustrious Citizen of Buenos Aires.

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