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Raúl Berón, the voice of tango

Did you hear about Raul Beron? For many, the best tango orchestra singer in the 1940s and '50s. We present it to you.

  Raul Beron   was born on March 30, 1920 in Zárate, within a family of musicians and singers. He made his debut at the age of 10 singing as a duet with his brother José. It came to   Buenos Aires   acting as a singer   soloist   , accompanied by guitars.

In 1939 he joined the bandoneonist's orchestra   Miguel Calo   . 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 vals soñador”. With Caló he recorded 28 songs of which stand out “Entre sueños”, “Never return”, “Lejos de Buenos Aires”, “Tristezas de la calle Corrientes” and “What you care that you cry”. All his recordings were   hits   .

He transiently moved away from this orchestra to join that of pianist Lucio De Mare; from this union some anthological records were born such as “El pescante”, “In a corner”, “What only I am” and “Maybe it will be his voice”. He performed in the   orchestra   by pianist Orlando Goñi and in 1945, he 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 solo artist and 3 others as a duo. The themes “One and one”,” Remolino” and “Como tú” were highlighted. Between 1949 and 1951, he worked again with Miguel Caló. Later, in 1951, he joined   the Aníbal Troilo orchestra,   sharing the category with Jorge Casal, fulfilling a brilliant stage. “Back to bulin”, “Ivette”, the waltz “One Moment”, were some of the testimonies of this brilliant pair.

Dream fulfilled

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

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


Source: “Tango y Cultura Porteña”, FM 97.9 Radio Cultura. Issue No. 53, May 1, 2000.

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