Playlist: 16 December 2017 (Winchcombe)

Genre Name Year Artist
Tango Tabernero 1941 Enrique Rodríguez (Armando Moreno)
Suerte loca 1941
Llorar por una mujer 1941
Tango Cuando llora la milonga 1941 Francisco Lomuto (Instrumental)
Criolla linda 1942
Sentimiento gaucho 1942
Vals Bajo un cielo de estrellas 1941 Miguel Caló (Alberto Podestá)
Luna de plata 1943 Miguel Caló (Raúl Iriarte)
El vals soñador 1942 Miguel Caló (Raúl Berón)
Tango Recuerdo malevo 1941 Ricardo Tanturi (Alberto Castillo)
El tango es el tango 1942
Así se baila el tango 1942
Tango Una emoción 1943 Lucio Demare (Raúl Berón)
Oigo tu voz 1943
Palomita mía 1943
Milonga Milonga del novecientos 1933 Francisco Canaro (Ernesto Famá)
Yo me llamo Juan Te Quiero 1934
Milonga sentimental 1933 Francisco Canaro (Ernesto Famá & Ángel Rámos)
Tango Niebla del Riachuelo 1937 Osvaldo Fresedo (Roberto Ray)
Sollozos 1937
Vida mía 1933
Tango Se va la vida 1936 Edgardo Donato (Horacio Lagos)
Así es el tango 1937
Alas rotas 1938
Vals Amor y celos 1936 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)
Inolvidable 1936
Lágrimas y sonrisas 1936
Tango Junto a tu corazón 1942 Carlos Di Sarli (Alberto Podestá)
Al compás del corazón 1942
La capilla blanca 1944
Tango A la parrilla 1948 Aníbal Troilo (Instrumental)
Tres y dos 1946
Buen amigo 1946
Fox Trot 1937 Osvaldo Fresedo (Instrumental)
Polca Me casé con un sargento 1941 Miguel Caló (Alberto Podestá)
Candombe La rumbita candombé 1942 Osvaldo Novarro & Hawaiian Serenaders
Tango Nueve de julio 1935 Juan D’Arienzo (Instrumental)
Retintín 1936
El flete 1936
Tango Shusheta (El aristócrata) 1945 Ángel D’Agostino (Ángel Vargas)
Rondando tu esquina 1945
Ave de paso 1945
Vals Sonata 1937 Orquesta Tipica Victor (Agustín Magaldi)
Sin rumbo fijo 1938 Orquesta Típica Victor (Ángel Vargas)
Temo 1940 Orquesta Típica Victor (Mario Pomar)
Tango Yuyo verde 1945 Rodolfo Biagi (Jorge Ortiz)
Magdala 1945
Copas, amigas y besos 1945
Tango Paciencia 1938 Francisco Canaro (Roberto Maida)
El adiós 1938
Madreselva 1938
Milonga Sacale punta 1938 Edgardo Donato (Horacio Lagos & Armando Piovani)
De punta a punta 1939 Edgardo Donato (Horacio Lagos)
Ella es así 1938
Tango El monito 1945 Osvaldo Pugliese (Instrumental)
El paladín 1945
Derecho viejo 1945
Tango Alma 1932 Adolfo Carabelli (Alberto Gómez)
Loco 1932
Inspiración 1932
Vals Soñar y nada más 1944 Alfredo De Angelis (Carlos Dante & Julio Martel)
Pobre flor (Primera ilusión) 1946
Flores del alma 1947
Tango Mi taza de café 1943 Ricardo Malerba (Orlando Medina)
La piba de los jazmines 1943
Remembranza 1943
Tango Sábado inglés 1951 Héctor Varela (Instrumental)
El flete 1950
Canaro en París 1952
Tango La cumparsita 1933 Francisco Canaro (Instrumental)

Tango Cotswold | Christmas Milonga

DJ Clive Harrison
DJ Clive Harrison

I’ll be the DJ at the Christmas Milonga at The White Hart Inn, High Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LJ (organised by Tango Cotswold) on Saturday, 16 December 2017 (3:00pm to 6:30pm). Entrada FREE. Lunch is available (table booked for 1:30pm and Ann needs to confirm final numbers by Wednesday preceding).

I’ve put together a playlist so that I’ll be free to dance most of the afternoon – and I hope you’ll like it.

We’ve got about seventy songs, all recorded by the leading orchestras of the Golden Age (between 1932 & 1952, if you’re interested). They’re arranged in the usual tanda format, rotating tango, vals and milonga with three songs per tanda (so twenty-three opportunities to change partner!). There are tandas with twenty different orchestras (and nearly as many singers) featuring all the great names, together with one or two who may be less familiar.

I’ve chosen repertoire that will be familiar to many and have tried to present a mixture of all the main tango styles and periods. Tango music isn’t all serious and I hope to make you smile a lot, and laugh more than once. Listen out for an ‘other rhythms’ tanda (in lieu of milonga) that features a foxtrot, a polca and a candombe; and if the ladies are willing, a separate ‘ladies invitation’ tanda.

It should be a great afternoon, and I’m looking forward to it.

Tango in 1958-59

There is no one definition that satisfactorily defines tango’s época d’oro – the Golden Age. The formation of D’Arienzo’s orchestra in 1935 is frequently cited as marking its beginning, with the political crisis following the coup of 1955 marking its end. In the same breath, the Golden Age is often described as lasting 30 years, while others name the single decade of the 40s. However you reckon it, the Golden Age was over by the end of the 50s.

Even at the end of the 50s, there was still great music to come – some of it, good for dancing. Tape mastering had transformed the quality of recorded sound by the mid-50s and by the early 60s, several orchestras were recording in stereo. Incredibly, Fresedo (who had formed his first orchestra in 1918) carried on recording until 1980.

Di Sarli (Instrumental) 1958

Carlos Di Sarli
Carlos Di Sarli

Di Sarli ceased recording for Victor after August 1958 but he returned to the studio one last time (for Polygram) in late 1958 to record a final LP. The sound quality doesn’t match Victor’s, but the LP included two instrumental masterpieces not previously recorded: Una fija and Indio manso. Although very ill, Di Sarli continued to make some live appearances, but the last of those were during the carnival season of 1959. He died, just days after his 57th birthday on 12 January 1960.

  • Champagne tango (13-Nov-1958)
  • Una fija (12-Nov-1958)
  • El abrojo (13-Nov-1958)
  • Indio manso (13-Nov-1958)

Pugliese (Instrumental) 1955-59

Osvaldo Pugliese
Osvaldo Pugliese

These instrumentals take the emphatic pulse of La yumba and seem to distil its essence. For me, there was only one remaining masterpiece still to come, A Evaristo Carriego in 1969. Pugliese’s influence on tango dance music had been profound, but there was, perhaps, little left to say.

  • Emancipación (2-Sep-1955)
  • Nochero soy (28-Nov-1956)
  • La bordona (6-Aug-1958)
  • Gallo ciego (23-Jul-1959)

Roggero (Mixed) 1958-59

Aquilies Roggero
Aquilies Roggero

Aquiles Roggero had played violin in the orchestra of Osmar Maderna, who had been tragically killed in a flying accident in 1951. Roggero formed the orchestra in 1952, naming it Orquesta Símbolo Osmar Maderna – effectively a tribute band. The music is both romantic and dramatic and very much of its time. Tenor, Adolfo Rivas features in each of these songs (except instrumental, La huella) and he is joined in the famous (or is that infamous) Merceditas by baritone, Carlos Aldao.

  • Lucecitas de mi pueblo (30-Jun-1959)
  • La huella (29-Sep-1959)
  • Mejor así (29-Sep-1959)
  • Merceditas (21-Sep-1958)

Salamanca (Guerrico) 1957-59

Fulvio Salamanca
Fulvio Salamanca

Fulvio Salamanca had been D’Arienzo’s pianist for seventeen years when he left to form his own orchestra in 1957. No one could have guessed what would emerge – for the music is utterly unrelated to D’Arienzo’s style. He recruited legendary tango violinist, Elvino Vardaro, and never looked back …

This is music about which it is difficult to feel ambivalent: you’ll either love it or hate it.

  • Bomboncito (6-Jun-1958)
  • Todo es amor (18-Sep-1958)
  • Hasta siempre, amor (17-Jul-1959)
  • Adiós, corazón (29-Nov-1957)


Click here for ‘Tango in 1956-57’.

Click here for an index to all the articles and music included in this series.


DJ Clive Harrison
DJ Clive Harrison

Barrio de tango is the tango blog and online home of tango DJ, Clive Harrison, based in the English Midlands. Now retired from teaching and hosting dance events, Clive remains available to DJ, playing exclusively traditional tango music from the great tango orchestras.