Fanny Loy

Real name: Luchi, Anita Fany
Singer and lyricist
(22 August 1917 - n/d)
Place of birth:
Cañada de Gómez (Santa Fé) Argentina
By
Néstor Pinsón

he was born in Cañada de Gómez, province of Santa Fe, in a neighborhood inhabited by railroad workmen. She once said that her first accompaniment was the whistle of locomotives. There she began school and at age seven her family moved to the city of Rosario.

As a child she did not dream of becoming a singer but something was inside her that made her sing at all times and, of course, at all the school parties. Suddenly she was attracted to dancing and, for some time, she was a fairly known dancer. But her dancing teacher was who encouraged her to go on singing.

A friend of hers, a female singer already consecrated, visited her one day and just for fun they began to sing. Then they discussed if she had chances of doing it not only at home. Then they asked a friend to be the referee and this man, after hearing her, gave an unfavorable opinion. But this did not discourage her and, by her own means, she got an audition on Radio LT1. The art director was categorical: «Your voice is completely unsuitable for microphone. You can’t be a singer». But anyhow, that very afternoon she insisted on another important radio station, LT8, and it happened. That same evening she was signed.

Soon thereafter she came to know that the La Canción Moderna magazine (previous name of Radiolandia) was organizing a contest for singers in Buenos Aires. Taking the opportunity that a friend pianist was going there she traveled with him to the big city. He was Manuel Sucher. The time arrived and she won the contest. The award was a contract for singing on Radio Belgrano. She was introduced in December 1934 in a radio program sponsored by Productos Griet. One of her accompanists was the bandoneonist Mario Demarco.

One month later she was offered a thirty-day contract for singing at the theater alongside well-known actors: Alicia Vignoli, Olinda Bozán, Pablo Palitos, Alberto Anchart and others. But it was extended to three months and she went on appearing on the radio throughout 1935.

Later she switched to Radio El Mundo and the situation was rather funny. She sang the day the contract had to expire, on the evening of December 31, and soon later the radio station presented a musical parade with all the new figures for the new year and Fanny was among them along with Adhelma Falcón and Mercedes Carné. Eight months later she appeared on Radio Prieto and stayed until the late 1937. The following year she made a tour of Brazil that ended at the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro.

By that time a dancer appeared in her life. He was Domingo Gaeta, the instructor that taught dancing personally and by mail. His studio was on 1171 Cangallo Street (today Presidente Perón). She married him.

In 1941 she appeared in the movies under the direction of José Agustín Ferreyra, specialist —since the times of silent movies— on films that starred female tango singers: María Turgenova, Elena Lucena and Libertad Lamarque. Fanny was starred in La mujer y la selva, premiered at the Cine Monumental on December 3. It lasted only 58 minutes and it also featured Carlos Perelli, Néstor Deval, Cora Farías and others. The location shots were in El Chaco and she sings three numbers, the tango “Rebeldías”, the march “Cuando se ama" and a waltz with the movie title, all written by Joaquín Mora and Mario Battistella. She was accompanied by the guitar group led by Consuelo Mallo López.

Her doll face, her angel face and her blond hair were attractive but it was not enough. It was a debut and farewell, a failure without a return game because quite soon Ferreyra got ill and that was his last movie.

Fanny was author of some numbers: “Déjame partir”, “Resignación [b]”, “Tango humorístico”, “Mañanita de campo [b]” and “Ay nenita dame un beso”.

Based on an article published in the Radiolandia magazine in 1937 and on different data.