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Raúl Berón, the voice of tango

Have you heard of Raúl Berón? For many, the best tango orchestra singer in the 40's and 50's. Let's introduce it to you.

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Raúl Berón was born on March 30, 1920 in Zárate, to a family of musicians and singers. He debuted at the age of 10 singing in a duet with his brother José. He arrived in Buenos Aires acting as a soloistsinger, accompanied by guitars.

In 1939 he joined the orchestra of bandoneonist Miguel Caló. His first recording was for the label “Odeón”, with the tango “Al compás del corazón”, on April 29, 1942.; the album was completed with “El waltz soñador”. With Caló he recorded 28 songs of which stand out “Entre sueños”, “Nevera retornarás”, “Far from Buenos Aires”, “Tristezas de la calle Corrientes” and “que te importa que te te cry”. All his recordings were hits.

He temporarily moved away from this orchestra to join that of the pianist Lucio De Mare; from this union were born some anthological records such as “El pescante”, “En un rincón”, “What solo I am” and “Maybe it will be his voice”. He performed in the orchestra of pianist Orlando Goñi and in 1945, joined the ensemble of Enrique Mario Francini and Armando Pontier, inaugurating that year the “Tango Bar”, a coffee with orchestral box.

Between 1946 and 1949 he recorded 13 songs as a soloist and another 3 as a duo. The themes “One and one”, “Swirling” and “Like you” were highlighted. Between 1949 and 1951, he served again with Miguel Caló. Later, in 1951, he joined the orchestra of Aníbal Troilo, sharing the category with Jorge Casal, fulfilling a bright stage. “Back to the bulin”, “Ivette”, the waltz “One moment”, were some of the testimonies of this brilliant duo.

Dream fulfilled

Raúl Berón managed to realize his dream of recording “Malena” with Troilo. He retired from the orchestra in 1955, serving as a soloist. He died on 28 June 1982. For some, he was considered the best orchestra singer to give the tango, but it has been said that he shares a place of privilege with Floreal Ruiz and Roberto Goyeneche.

Possessing a velvety timbre of voice, his peak period coincided with the most successful tango era in Argentina yesterday.

Source: “Tango and Culture Porteña”, FM 97.9 Radio Cultura. Issue No. 53, 1st of

Publication Date: 28/06/2020

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By: Marta 29 June, 2020

¡Qué vooooozzzz! Una dulzura, no me canso de escucharlo

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