Hernando’s Hideaway

On Sunday I went to my favorite milonga in Buenos Aires-Lo de Celia, at the corner of Humberto Primo and Entre Rios. I usually go Wednesday evenings, but decided I needed to dance on Sunday. Twenty-six year-old Viviana La Falce is deejay, and she has a more eclectic choice of recordings than the regular deejay Daniel Borelli (38) who keeps everyone satisfied with the best tango recordings.

I go to the milongas to dance, to listen to the music, and watch the dancers. I wasn’t dancing at 9:15 when I heard a very familiar tune. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, so I walked over to the bar to talk with Vivi. It sounded like a tango from the USA entitled, “Hernando’s Hideaway” and it was. Alfredo De Angelis recorded it. The title in Spanish is, “Escondite de Hernando.”

After arriving home, I browsed the internet in search of the origins of this tango. I wanted to know if “Hernando’s Hideaway” originated in Buenos Aires or the USA. My search revealed that the music and lyrics were written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for their Broadway musical, “The Pajama Game,” that won a Tony award in 1954. Archie Bleyer, arranger and band leader, made the most popular recording. Everyone from Doris Day and Ella Fitzgerald to Guy Lombardo and Harry Connick, Jr. made recordings of it. Hernando’s Hideaway was used in the movie, “Some Like It Hot,” with Jack Lemmon, who dressed as a woman, dances tango with Joe E. Brown.

This is the first time I’ve heard an American tango recorded by an Argentine orchestra played in a Buenos Aires milonga. Vivi informs me that “Escondite de Hernando” is being played in the milongas. You won’t hear it with lyrics, but you may recognize the tune. Just to refresh your memory . . .

I know a dark secluded place,
A place where no one knows your face,
A glass of wine, a fast embrace
It’s called Hernando’s Hideaway
Ole!

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4 Responses to “Hernando’s Hideaway”

  1. LoveTango Says:

    Very familiar tune but never knew the title.

  2. Robert Allwood Says:

    Spanish version w/lyrics https://youtu.be/RLjZCl4W9uA

  3. Robert Allwood Says:

    2 more sung Spanish versions (all different!)
    Libertad Lamarque La Dama del tango https://youtu.be/mPZTW4zhoUo

    orquesta tipica de ENRIQUE RODRIGUEZ y el cantor OMAR QUIROZ https://youtu.be/uvlWwqU8y6w

  4. jantango Says:

    Robert,
    Thanks for the links.

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