Carlos Gardel is arguably the most important single figure in tango history. He could be considered tango’s Frank Sinatra.
Carlos Gardel (born Charles Romuald Gardès); December, 11 1890 was a French Argentine singer, songwriter, composer and actor. Gardel’s baritone voice and the dramatic phrasing of his lyrics made miniature masterpieces of his hundreds of three-minute tango recordings. Together with lyricist and long-time collaborator Alfredo Le Pera, Gardel wrote several tangos that are considered to be classics today. Songs such as Volver, El Dia Que Me Quieras and Mi Buenos Aires Querido can be heard at any stage performance in Buenos Aires.
Gardel died in an airplane crash at the height of his career. Millions of Gardel’s fans throughout Latin America went into mourning. Hordes came to pay their respects as his body was taken from Colombia through New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Thousands rendered homage during the two days he lay in state in Montevideo, the city in which his mother lived at the time. Gardel’s body was laid to rest in La Chacarita Cemetery in Buenos Aires.
For many, Gardel embraces the soul of tango.