Archive for the ‘Milongueros’ Category

Hugo Diaz

July 19, 2018

January 18, 1948 – July 18, 2018

Hugo started dancing tango late in life.  He loved it so much that we went every evening to the milongas at Obelisco Tango, Lo de Celia, Club Gricel, Nuevo Chique and others.  Smoking was another habit of his.  He had a heart attack yesterday.

It is unfortunate that Hugo couldn’t realize his dream of organizing a milonga in the lower level of his historical landmark house on Chile in Montserrat.  The project was  started years ago with an architect, but his sons, who are joint owners of the house, didn’t have any interest in it.  Hugo rented rooms to foreign tango visitors.



Antonio Busto

July 15, 2018

September 29, 1936 — June 28, 2018

Antonio started dancing when he was 14 or 15 years old, practicing with other boys in the neighborhood. His favorite orchestras were Anibal Troilo (with Francisco Fiorentino) and Osvaldo Pugliese. It’s difficult to talk about the milongas without making comparisons about the way they were and the way they are today with so many foreigners. He said there is so much mediocrity in the milongas. He mentioned the places he went to dance in his younger years: Club Buenos Aires, Club Oeste, Club Premier, Club Social Rivadavia, and Palacio Rivadavia. Everyone danced well in Club Buenos Aires, his favorite place. He is sorry to see men wearing sneakers in the milongas. Although he says that many foreigners dance well, they are completely changing the milongas of Buenos Aires.  How true.

Antonio was one of only two milongueros who went to visit Alito in the hospital and the geriatrico.  He stopped dancing in the milongas six years ago after a stroke and dealing with Parkinson’s.  Video

His son Ruben wrote me through this blog to let me know of Antonio’s passing.

Ismael Heljalil

April 25, 2018

August 30, 1929 – April 22, 2018

Just as I was about to change my shoes to go home, Dany and Lucy made the announcement about Ismael.  He was dearly loved by all who knew him.  Everyone stood and applauded him.  He passed away at home.

Hector Giocci

April 21, 2018

April 21, 1936 —

What I wouldn’t give to dance one tanda with Hector, but that’s impossible because he dances exclusively with his lovely partner Sara Esposito.

Osvaldo Ficca

February 6, 2018

lt has taken me a month to know who people have been talking about.  After dancing for hours at Obelisco Tango, Osvaldo was hit by a motorcycle driving on Entre Rios as he crossed in the middle of the street to reach his car.  An ambulance took him to the nearest hospital, but he died on arrival.

We danced at the Sunday milonga of Lola and Dorita.  He always greeted me with a nod and a smile from the floor.

Rodolfo Tejedor

November 21, 2017

April 12, 1951 — November 21, 2017

Ernesto Jorge De Gouvea

November 20, 2017

November 20, 1934 —

It doesn’t take much to make Jorge happy.  That happens every time he has his arm around a beautiful woman and makes her happy dancing with him.

It was twenty years ago that I danced with Jorge for the first time in the milonga Glamour at Boedo and Carlos Calvo.  He invited me for a milonga tanda.  It was probably my first time dancing milonga con traspie.  I was trying so hard to follow him that I made mistakes.  Being present and feeling the music makes all the difference.

Nestor Leon

October 25, 2017

October 25, 1934 —

Chiche probably never had anyone singing happy birthday by phone, but that’s what I did when I called him today.  He and Elba go every Saturday night to Club Gricel.

I first danced Chiche at the milonga called Pavadita and organized by Alicia “La Turca” Juan and Juan Carlos La Falce in the former Confiteria Monte Carlo on Corrientes and Libertad that closed in October 2000. Alicia moved to Confiteria Ideal on Mondays, and Juan Carlos eventually opened in Nuevo Salon La Argentina.  Not one of those three venues hosts a milonga today.  This is a glaring example of the decline of tango in the city where it was born.  There were milongas seven days a week at Confiteria Ideal.  Nuevo Salon La Argentina had milongas on six days.

Mario Hector Camartino

October 10, 2017

October 10, 1928 —

They say that age is only a number, and that’s certainly true in Mario’s case.  He’s full of energy and joy.  He knows all the lyrics, and I enjoy listening to him sing.  He is always smiling and always a gentleman.  I love putting my arm around him and holding him tight.

Arnaldo Koller

October 9, 2017

December 23, 1933 – October 6, 2017

I had a phone call today from Juan who never calls me. He called to let me know that “El Rubio” passed away on Friday.  It’s a year since I last saw Arnaldo.  He went to visit his son in Miami as he did regularly and returned last week to Buenos Aires.  He and Juan had their last visit on Thursday.  He received the news on Friday.  Arnaldo always asked me about Alito whom he knew since they were teenagers and went to dance at the Pista de Lima.