Anselmo Aieta

Real name: Aieta, Anselmo Alfredo
Nicknames: Ricardo Aieta, Pepe Soles y Lagaña
Bandoneonist, composer and leader
(5 November 1896 - 25 September 1964)
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
Orlando del Greco

disciple of the well-known Tano Genaro (Genaro Espósito or Spósito), a bandoneon player who moved to France in 1920 and died in Paris on January 25, 1944. He was born in Buenos Aires on February 17, 1886. His debut was at a café placed at the corner of Piedras and Cochabamba streets. After playing in numerous places with Agustín Bardi, Eduardo Arolas, Eduardo Monelos, Virgilio Carmona and other musicians playing tango in cafés called Botafogo, La Buseca of Avellaneda, among the most known where the city music was given priority, he changed to Francisco Canaro's Orchestra until 1922.

He led an orchestra under his name and performed in El Nacional, Germinal, Guarany, famous cafés of the time, in radios, night clubs, and an unending list of places.

He took part in the movie Los locos del cuarto piso, in 1937 and recorded for Electra, Columbia and, at the end of his career, for TK. He was a teenager when he wrote his first tango : “La primera sin tocar” in 1912 which preceded tremendous hits such as “El huérfano”, “Príncipe”, “Alma en pena”, “Siga el corso”, “Carnaval”, “Tus besos fueron míos”, “Palomita blanca”, “Prisionero”, “Mentirosa”, “Bajo Belgrano”, “Qué fenómeno”, “Tras cartón”, “Trianera” (pasodoble), “La violetera”, “Primero campaneala”, “Viva la patria”, “Tan grande y tan zonzo”, to mention in first place the pieces recorded by Carlos Gardel, and “Mariposita”, “Suerte loca”, “La chiflada”, “Entre sueños”, “A la criolla”, “Bajo tierra”, “Que lo larguen”, “Muchachitas de Chiclana”, “Aquellos ojos”, “Ya estamos iguales”, “Pobre cotorro”, “Estampa tanguera”, “Estoy borracha”, “A cara limpia”, “Se fue Taborda”, “Alegría”, “De corte antiguo”, “Don Luis Alberto”, “Caretudo”, “Chau ingrata”, “La santita” and a hundred more works in different rhythms which tell us about his wonderful creative talent. Most them have lyrics by one of the best poets in tango, Francisco García Jiménez, but also other great lyricists and musicians of his time collaborated in his musical production : Enrique Dizeo, Santiago Adamini, Ginés Miralles, Rafael Tuegols, Juan Polito, Antonio Radicci, Luis Rubistein.

When asked how he was acquainted with Gardel, he said to the magazine Ahora, number 2192, June 22, 1954: «I was playing at the Casino Pigall, when a gentleman I did not know, sent me a message from his table. I had recently played the tango “El huérfano”, which I had composed, and when I approached him he invited me to share his table and introduced himself by saying : «I am Carlos Gardel, my friend, and would be interested in singing that tango which I have enjoyed very much. If you come tomorrow to Glucksmann's I will record it immediately.»

«As you may wonder, in spite of the enormous happiness I experienced then, I was so amazed to realize that an artist so famous as Gardel could ask for one of my compositions with the simplicity he had had. That was my first encounter with the great interpreter».

Later, several times, the Buenos Aires nights saw them both reunited in friendship.

Aieta was born in Buenos Aires on November 5,1896 and there he died on September 25, 1964.