Alberto Podestá: his best tangos

with the orchestra of Slang, worked first in the Singapore cabaret, on Montevideo street, which was later occupied by a theater and a tango academy. In this, he met Homer Foundling, author with Domingo Federico of the first tango recorded by Podestá. In addition, he recorded two waltzes: Little Piece of Heaven and Under a Sky of Stars by Enrique Mario Francini and Héctor Luciano Stamponi as composers, and the poetry of Homero Aldo Expósito and José María Contursi.

Thanks to a proposal from the representative of Carlos di Sarli, he showed up at the musician’s house to sing, and he hired him and defined his stage name by which he is known, Alberto Podestareplacing the one used until then: Juan Carlos Morel.

During his performances at the Marabú cabaret, he met important River Plate soccer players such as Angel Labruna, Alfredo Di Stefano, Pipo Rossi, Adolfo Pedernera, among others. With Peter Laurenz, who was later summoned by Odeón, recorded the tango Never Had a Boyfriend under the Víctor label. Together with Laurenz he returned to the Miguel Caló orchestra to complete the duo of singers with Raul Beron. On two occasions she came close to singing with Anibal Troilobut in the first he had to make a previous tour with Di Sarli to Uruguay, and when he returned they were already rehearsing in the orchestra Edmundo Rivero and Floreal Ruiz.

In 1945 an orchestra conducted by Enrique Mario Francini and Armando Pontierwhere Alberto Podestá was a singer, who was soon accompanied by the renowned Julio Sosa, of whom he was a close friend. They acted in Sans Souci, alternating with Osvaldo Pugliese and in the cabaret Tibidabo, covering the absence of Aníbal Troilo, who temporarily stopped acting.

He recorded in Colombia with Cristóbal Ramos, Ramón Ozán and Joaquín Mauricio Mora, in Venezuela with “Los Caballeros del Tango”, in Uruguay with César Zagnoli, in Chile with Lucho Ibarra and in Argentina with Juan José Paz, Leopoldo Federico, Alberto Di Paulo, Luis Stazo, Jorge Dragone, Titi Rossi and Roberto Grela.

From the Teatro Casino, it was broadcast by Radio The World a program called: Ronda de aces, sponsored by “Cocinero” oil. The orchestras that followed each other were Osvaldo Fresedo, Aníbal Troilo, Carlos di Sarli and Ricardo Tanturi, who performed a tango each. Then Alberto Soifer’s ensemble played with Roberto Quiroga as singer. According to the public’s applause, it was decided which of the orchestras had pleased the most: Alberto Podestá won in one of the auditions with the tango to the beat of the heart.

In 1951 he debuted as a soloist in Radio Splendid, and he performed in venues such as the Maipú Pigall cabaret and tearooms in the city of Buenos Aires. He was named Academician of Honor by the National Academy of Tango of Argentina. Between 1967 and 1970 he settled in Chile, where he continued his career. In his tours of America he has toured Colombia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the United States, performing in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Philadelphia.

In his recordings he was accompanied by Alberto Di Paulo, Leopoldo Federico, Luis Stazo and Jorge Dragone. He recorded approximately 500 recordings, highlighting his performances of the tangos Alma de bohemio, Nada, Percal, Al compás del corazón, Nido gaucho, La chapel blanca, El miracle, Margo, What a need for me, What are they going to talk to me about love and El toy bazaar. He acted in “Caño 14” and in “El Viejo Almacén” by Edmund Rivero Accompanied by the Ernesto Baffa Quartet with Ubaldo De Lio on Guitar, Cacho Queirolo on Piano and Sergio Paolo on Electric Bass, . In turn, he stood out in theater with the dancer Juan Carlos Copes and his ballet.

In 2007 he was declared an Illustrious Citizen of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires in the Golden Hall of the Buenos Aires Legislature. In 2008, he was summoned by Miguel Kohan to star in the film project Café de los Maestros, with which he sang at the Teatro Colón, Argentino and Luna Park.

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