Tango 250: Miguel Caló

About Miguel Caló

Miguel Caló
Miguel Caló

Caló was born in Buenos Aires in 1907 and died there in 1972. He played the bandoneón and formed his own orchestra in 1929. He recorded for Odeon between 1934-69 and for Embassy in 1972.

The period of most interest to dancers is 1941-45, when he worked with four great singers: Alberto Podestá (1941-43), Raúl Berón (1942-44), Jorge Ortiz (1943) and Raúl Iriarte (1943-47). All but Ortiz were to record with Caló again later.

The suggested Tango 250 collection features tango and vals tandas from the orchestra’s middle years.

Caló (Berón) 1942

Al compás del corazón was the first of fifteen songs recorded by Berón in 1942 and its commercial success helped to establish the popularity of the orchestra. Berón sings with tender lyricism, rather untypical of other ‘star’ singers of the time.

  • Al compás del corazón (29-Apr-42)
  • Trasnochando (30-Jun-42)
  • Un crimen (9-Oct-42)
  • Tristezas de la calle Corrientes (2-Sep-42)

Caló (Ortiz) 1943

Oritz recorded just seven songs with the orchestra, taking time out of his partnership with Rodolfo Biagi, although the styles of the two orchestras could hardly be greater. Caló tended to favour baritone voices, but Ortiz was a tenor, and his voice is quite different from that of Berón.

  • Barrio de tango (19-Jan-43)
  • Pa’ que seguir (19-Jan-43)
  • De barro (17-May-43)*
  • Mi cantar (21-May-43)

*De Barro is not currently available on Spotify in some countries. You can listen to it here, instead:

Caló (Vocal) 1941-43 (Vals)

These valses are sung by Podestá, Iriarte and Berón. Podestá was only 16 when he recorded Bajo un cielo de estrellas, but Caló was soon to lose him to the orchestra of rival, Carlos Di Sarli.

  • Bajo un cielo de estrellas (12-Mar-41)
  • El vals soñador (29-Apr-42)
  • Luna de plata (19-Oct-43)

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