ARTISTS MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE
By
Oscar Del Priore

Orquesta Típica Osvaldo Pugliese

ntecedents:

Vardaro-Pugliese Sextet:
1929. Alfredo De Franco, Eladio Blanco (bandoneons); Elvino Vardaro, Carlos Campanone (violins); Osvaldo Pugliese (piano) and Alfredo Corleto (double bass).
1930. Miguel Jurado, soon replaced by Ciriaco Ortiz, Aníbal Troilo (16 years old) (bandoneons); Elvino Vardaro, Alfredo Gobbi (violins); Osvaldo Pugliese (piano) and Luis Adesso (double bass).

Pugliese-Gobbi Quintet:
1931. Aníbal Troilo, Alfredo Attadía (bandoneons), Alfredo Gobbi (violin), Osvaldo Pugliese (piano) and José Díaz (double bass). Later it became a sextet. Alfredo De Franco, Carlos Angelotti (bandoneons); Alfredo Gobbi, Enrique Cantore (violins); Osvaldo Pugliese (piano) and José Díaz (double bass). Thereafter he was member of several orchestras.



Attempts to put together his own orchestras:
1936. Alfredo Calabró, Juan Abelardo Fernández (aka El Gallego) and Marcos Madrigal (bandoneons); Rolando Curzel, Juan Pedro Potenza (violins); Osvaldo Pugliese (piano); Aniceto Rossi (double bass).

1937. Alfredo Calabró, Luis Bonnat —later replaced by Juan Abelardo Fernández—, Marcos Madrigal is added (bandoneons); Saverio Puleio, Julio Carrasco —replaced by Rolando Curzel and Juan Pedro Potenza— (violins); Osvaldo Pugliese (piano) and Aniceto Rossi (double bass).

For some months he was again member of the orchestra led by Vardaro and of the one fronted by Eduardo Pereyra.

1938. Enrique Alessio, Manuel Daponte and Luis Bonnat (bandoneons); Alfredo Gobbi and Aquiles Aguilar —a violinist from Rosario named Santana also played on occasions—, Ambrosio Lotito (violins); Osvaldo Pugliese (piano) and José Díaz (double bass). Mario Doré on vocals.

And now we arrive at his consolidation as leader of his own orchestra. Save for special circumstances, Pugliese was always the pianist of his orchestra, for that reason, in this work, we do not include his name in the different lineups of his aggregations.

1939. Enrique Alessio, Osvaldo Ruggiero, Luis Bonnat (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano, Julio Carrasco, Jaime Tursky (violins); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Amadeo Mandarino and Roberto Beltrán on vocals.

1940. Enrique Alessio, Osvaldo Ruggiero, Luis Bonnat and Antonio Roscini (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano, Julio Carrasco and Jaime Tursky (violins); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Vocalists: Mandarino, later replaced by Augusto Gauthier, and Roberto Chanel.

1941/42. Enrique Alessio, Osvaldo Ruggiero, Antonio Roscini and Rodolfo Quiroga (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano, Julio Carrasco and Jaime Tursky (violins); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Gauthier and Chanel.

1943. Enrique Alessio, Osvaldo Ruggiero, Rodolfo Quiroga, later replaced by Esteban Gilardi, and Alberto Armengol (bandoneons), Enrique Camerano, Julio Carrasco and Jaime Tursky (violins); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Roberto Chanel, Alberto Lago, replaced by Jorge Rubino.



1944. Enrique Alessio —replaced by Oscar Castagniaro—, Osvaldo Ruggiero, Esteban Gilardi and Alberto Armengol —replaced by Jorge Caldara— (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano, Oscar Herrero, Julio Carrasco and Jaime Tursky (violins); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Vocalists: Chanel, Omar Cevallos, replaced by Alberto Morán.

1945/47.Osvaldo Ruggiero, Jorge Caldara, Esteban Gilardi and Oscar Castagniaro (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano, Oscar Herrero, Julio Carrasco and Jaime Tursky who quit in 1947; Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Chanel y Morán.

1948/50. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Jorge Caldara, Esteban Gilardi and Oscar Castagniaro (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano, Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce and Julio Carrasco (violins); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Chanel, replaced in 1949 by Jorge Vidal, and Morán.

1951/54. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Jorge Caldara, Esteban Gilardi and Roberto Peppe (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano, Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce and Julio Carrasco (violins); Francisco Sanmartino (viola), Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Morán, replaced by Jorge Maciel in 1954 and, as from 1953, Juan Carlos Cobos is added, followed by Carlos Olmedo and, the latter, by Miguel Montero on June 16, 1954. Luis Mela, glossarist and presenter (1953).

1955. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Mario Demarco, Esteban Gilardi and Roberto Peppe (who died on November 29); Enrique Camerano, Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce and Julio Carrasco (violins); Francisco Sanmartino (viola); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Maciel and Montero.

1956. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Mario Demarco, Esteban Gilardi and Ismael Spitalnik (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano, Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce and Julio Carrasco (violins); Francisco Sanmartino (viola); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Maciel and Montero.

1957. For some months Osvaldo Manzi replaced Pugliese on piano. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Mario Demarco, Esteban Gilardi and Ismael Spitalnik (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano, Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce and Julio Carrasco (violins); Norberto Bernasconi (viola); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Maciel and Montero.

1958. Osvaldo Manzi and Pugliese played alternatively. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Mario Demarco, Ismael Spitalnik and Víctor Lavallén (bandoneons); Enrique Camerano (quit in November), Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce and Julio Carrasco (violins); Norberto Bernasconi (viola); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Maciel and Montero.

1959. Ernesto Romero replaced Pugliese on piano when necessary. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Ismael Spitalnik, Víctor Lavallén and Julián Plaza (bandoneons); Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce, Julio Carrasco and Simón Bajour (violins); Norberto Bernasconi (viola); Adriano Fanelli (cello); Aniceto Rossi (double bass). Singers: Maciel and Montero, replaced by Ricardo Medina and, the latter, by Carlos Guido.



1960. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Víctor Lavallén, Julián Plaza and Arturo Penón (bandoneons); Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce and Julio Carrasco (violins); Norberto Bernasconi (viola); Adriano Fanelli (cello); Alcides Rossi —Aniceto’s son— (double bass). Singers: Maciel, Guido, replaced by Carlos Ayala and, the latter, by Alfredo Belusi.

1961/63. Armando Cupo alternatively replaces Pugliese on piano in 1963. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Víctor Lavallén, Julián Plaza and Arturo Penón (bandoneons); Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce and Julio Carrasco (violins); Norberto Bernasconi (viola); Adriano Fanelli (cello); Alcides Rossi (double bass). Singers: Maciel and Belusi.

1964/65. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Víctor Lavallén, Julián Plaza and Arturo Penón (bandoneons); Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce and Julio Carrasco (violins); Norberto Bernasconi (viola); Enrique Lannoo (cello); Alcides Rossi (double bass). Singers: Maciel and Belusi, replaced by Abel Córdoba.

1966/68. Osvaldo Ruggiero, Víctor Lavallén, Julián Plaza and Arturo Penón (bandoneons); Oscar Herrero, Emilio Balcarce, Julio Carrasco, replaced by Raúl Domínguez, Mauricio Marcelli and Claudio González (violins); Norberto Bernasconi (viola); Enrique Lannoo (cello); Alcides Rossi (double bass). Singers: Maciel and Córdoba.

1969. Arturo Penón, Daniel Binelli, Juan José Mosalini and Rodolfo Mederos (bandoneons); Mauricio Marcelli, Raúl Domínguez and Santiago Kutchevasky (violins); Bautista Huerta (viola); Pedro Vidaurre (cello); Omar Murtagh, replaced by José Alegre and, the latter, by Fernando Romano (double bass). Singers: Córdoba, Inés Miguens and Gloria Díaz.

1970. Arturo Penón, Daniel Binelli, Juan José Mosalini, Rodolfo Mederos (bandoneons); Mauricio Marcelli, Raúl Domínguez, Santiago Kutchevasky (violins); Bautista Huerta (viola); Pedro Vidaurre (cello); Fernando Romano (double bass). Singers: Córdoba and Gloria Díaz.

1971/73. Arturo Penón, Daniel Binelli, Juan José Mosalini and Rodolfo Mederos (bandoneons); Mauricio Marcelli, Raúl Domínguez and Santiago Kutchevasky (violins); Néstor Panik (viola); Pedro Vidaurre (cello); Fernando Romano (double bass). Singers: Córdoba and María Graña. For three months in 1971, for appearances at the venue La Yumba, the violinist Mario Arce was included and the orchestra played without viola. Later Arce quit and Panik returned.



1974. Arturo Penón, Daniel Binelli, Juan José Mosalini and Rodolfo Mederos (bandoneons); Osvaldo Monterde, Raúl Domínguez, and Santiago Kutchevasky, in October replaced by Eduardo Malaguarnera, (violins); Adrián Pucci (viola); Pedro Vidaurre (cello); Fernando Romano (double bass). Singers: Córdoba and Graña.

1975. Arturo Penón, Daniel Binelli and Juan José Mosalini (bandoneons); Osvaldo Monterde, Raúl Domínguez, Eduardo Malaguarnera, in June replaced by Julio Peressini, (violins); Adrián Pucci, replaced by Merei Brain (viola); Pedro Vidaurre, replaced by Daniel Pucci (cello); Domingo Diani (double bass). Singers: Córdoba and Graña.

1976. Arturo Penón, Daniel Binelli and Juan José Mosalini, later Alejandro Prevignano joined them (bandoneons); Osvaldo Monterde, Raúl Domínguez and Julio Peressini (violins); Merei Brain (viola); Daniel Pucci (cello); Domingo Diani (double bass). Singer: Córdoba.

1977. Arturo Penón, Daniel Binelli, Juan José Mosalini, until March when he is replaced by Lisandro Adrover, and Alejandro Prevignano (bandoneons); Osvaldo Monterde, Raúl Domínguez and Julio Peressini (violins); Merei Brain (viola); Daniel Pucci (cello); Domingo Diani (double bass). Singer: Córdoba.

1978/81. Arturo Penón, Daniel Binelli, Lisandro Adrover, replaced by Roberto Alvarez, and Alejandro Prevignano (bandoneons); Osvaldo Monterde, Raúl Domínguez and Julio Peressini (violins); Merei Brain (viola); Silvio Pucci (cello); Domingo Diani, in 1979 replaced by Amílcar Tolosa (double bass). Singer: Córdoba, in 1979 Adrián Guida is included.

1982. Daniel Binelli, Roberto Álvarez and Alejandro Prevignano (bandoneons); Osvaldo Monterde, Raúl Domínguez and Julio Peressini (violins); Merei Brain (viola); Silvio Pucci (cello); Amílcar Tolosa (double bass). Singers: Córdoba and Guida.

1983/1988. Roberto Alvarez, Alejandro Prevignano and Fabio Lapinta (bandoneons); Osvaldo Monterde, Gabriel Rivas, Diego Lerendegui and Fernando Rodríguez (violins); Merei Brain (viola); Silvio Pucci (cello); Amílcar Tolosa (double bass). Singers: Córdoba and Guida.

1989. Roberto Alvarez, replaced by Walther Castro, Alejandro Prevignano, Fabio Lapinta and Héctor Del Curto (bandoneons); Fernando Rodríguez, replaced by Marcelo Prieto, Gabriel Rivas and Diego Lerendegui (violins); Merei Brain (viola); Patricio Villarejo (cello); Amílcar Tolosa, replaced by Guillermo Ferrer (double bass). Singers: Córdoba and Guida.

1990/94. Alejandro Prevignano, Fabio Lapinta, Héctor Del Curto and Walther Castro (bandoneons); Diego Lerendegui, Gabriel Rivas and Marcelo Prieto (violins); Merei Brain (viola); Patricio Villarejo (cello); Guillermo Ferrer, in 1991 replaced by Ángel Bonura (double bass). Singers: Córdoba and Guida.

1995. Last lineup. Alejandro Prevignano, Fabio Lapinta and Walther Castro (bandoneons); Diego Lerendegui, Gabriel Rivas and Marcelo Prieto (violins); Merei Brain (viola); Patricio Villarejo (cello); Ángel Bonura (double bass). Singer. Abel Córdoba.

From his book Osvaldo Pugliese, una vida en el tango, by Editorial Sudamericana, Buenos Aires: 2008.