Mario Allan Candamil

May 13, 1929 —

Alito was born in Veracruz, Mexico, the only son of Odelia Alcantar and Ricardo Santamaria.  His English grandfather’s name was Allan, so he’s always been called Alito.  His mother immigrated to Argentina in 1932.  Alito attended school until the age of 12 and then went to work.  At 14, his Uruguayan step-father Manuel Candamil legally adopted him.  Alito married Josefina Godoy, and they had a daughter Sandra Veronica Candamil.


Alito is a legend in the milongas, but he’s not going to dance any more.  He is well looked after by a  caring staff at a geriatrico in Caballito.  I keep him supplied with tango magazines and books of tango lyrics.



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