By
Néstor Pinsón

Orquesta Típica Alfredo Gobbi

n 1933 he had his first experience as orchestra leader at the Café Buen Orden, today Bernardo de Yrigoyen on the corner of Brasil Street. The personnel was: Aníbal Troilo, Alfredo Attadía (bandoneons), José Goñi, Alfredo Gobbi (violins), Orlando Goñi (piano) and Agustín Furchi (double bass). With a musical style akin to Julio De Caro’s he had no public acclaim. He tried two changes; Osvaldo Pugliese for Orlando Goñi (piano) and Alfredo Calabró for Attadía (bandoneon). It lasted for a very short time. LS2 Radio Prieto, located on 1356 Bolívar Street, hired the Pugliese-Gobbi duet. But they were not lucky either.

Gobbi joined the Alberto Pugliese orchestra, later he went to Mar del Plata to play with the local group led by Luis Savastano. Thereafter, he joined the Pedro Laurenz orchestra as lead violinist to appear at the old local of Los 36 Billares which was in front of the Teatro Nacional. He switched to the aggregation fronted by Joaquín Do Reyes and, later, he traveled to Montevideo to join the oufit led by Pintín Castellanos. On his comeback he played in the Armando Baliotti’s aggregation and, also, in the one led by Nicolás Vaccaro.

In 1942 he put together his first big orchestra. He made his debut at the cabaret Sans Souci. Its members were: Alfredo Gobbi, Bernardo Germino, Antonio Blanco (violins), Deolindo Cazaux, Edelmiro D’Amario, Mario Demarco and Ernesto Rodríguez (bandoneons), Juan Olivero Pro (piano), Juan José Fantín (double bass) and Pablo Lozano and Walter Cabral (vocalists).

From 1947 to 1958 he recorded for the Victor label and his last recordings were for the Orfeo label (1958). With several changes of personnel, the most outstanding players that joined his orchestra were: Eduardo Salgado, Ariol Gessaghi, Hugo Baralis, Miguel Silvestre, Osvaldo Monterde (violins); Mario Demarco, Luis Maggiolo, Osvaldo Piro, Emilio Nurié, Alberto Garralda, Eduardo Rovira (bandoneons); Normando Lazara, César Zagnoli, Ernesto Romero, Lalo Benítez, Osvaldo Tarantino (pianos); Osvaldo Monteleone, Alcides Rossi, Ramón Dos Santos, José Díaz, Fernando Romano (double bass). His vocalists were: Carlos Heredia, Hugo Soler, Héctor Maciel, Ángel Díaz, Héctor Coral, Jorge Maciel, Carlos Almada, Tito Landó, Alfredo Del Río, Mario Beltrán and Carlos Yanel.

His farewell was in 1962 with a quintet he led and in which he played the piano. They appeared at the Siglo XX tearoom on Corrientes and Uruguay and at the El Olmo barroom on Pueyrredón and Bartolomé Mitre. The remaining members were: Norberto Sapia, Emilio Nurié (bandoneons), Osvaldo Aulicino (double bass) and somebody named Sucaré of whom we do not have information but we guess that he played violin.



One final curiosity: on one occasion, when he was appearing at the cabaret Sans Souci, a tango of his, “Soy el cantor de la orquesta”, was sung by Julio Lucero, first sobriquet of the singer Osvaldo Ribó.

Even though Alfredo Gobbi was in charge of the orchestra arrangements, in several numbers he assigned that task to Ismael Spitalnik, for example in “El andariego” and “Camandulaje”.