Delia Nélida Baliotti

e was born on Salcedo Street and Boedo Avenue. He attended grade school on Boedo 657 and his high school years were at the catholic school San Francisco de Sales. He learned music at the conservatory located on Boedo and Las Casas whose directors were the parents of who would be daddy’s best friend, Carlos Giampé. With the latter he composed numbers like: “Ahora no me conocés”, “Los años pasan [b]”, “A la madre”, “Majestuoso”, “Así lo quiso Dios”, “Te lo digo francamente”.

As a teenager, he wore short pants (it was customary then) and long stockings (to make it less evident), when he played on a piano the background for silent movies at the Los Andes cinema theater on Sáenz and Caseros. By that time he also played piano at the El Alba cafe on the corner of Sáenz and Esquiú. His beginnings were with Domingo Scarpino in a quintet at a cafe of Parque Patricios. His partners were Scarpino and Julio Vivas (bandoneons) and Marcos Larrosa and Luis Adesso (violins).

He continued with Scarpino and, on his comeback from a summer season in Mar del Plata, they appeared at the then Astral cinema theater. After he split with his partner he joined the Francisco Pracánico Orchestra at the Chantecler and, later, at the sophisticated Rendez-Vous. At the Astral he was pianist of the orchestra led by Miguel Caló (1929) which was lined up by: the leader and Alberto Cima (bandoneons), Raúl Kaplún and Luis Adesso (violins), and Rodolfo Duclós (double bass). The vocalists were Roberto Maida and Carlos Dante.

Some months later he quit and formed, as bandleader, his first orchestra to debut at the Moderno cinema theater. He was accompanied by Kaplún and Domingo Mancuso (violins), César Ginzo and Haroldo Ferrero (bandoneons) and Luis Adesso, here as double bass player.

In 1930 the Baliotti-Ginzo team was launched, appearing at the cabaret Imperio, replacing Ferrero by Luis Attadía. The Crítica newspaper organized in 1933 a tango contest in the Luna Park stadium. The bandleaders were awarded the second prize for their tango “El tábano” which was recorded by Osvaldo Pugliese on June 13, 1946.

He split with Ginzo in 1934 and put together a sextet to appear on Radio Stentor. The singer was Orlando Medina. On that same radio station he formed the Alsina-Serna-Baliotti trio. His activity continued with new orchestras or with small outfits.

In 1939 he appeared at the Bar Pellegrini with a new group lined up by: Alfredo Gobbi, Mancuso and Antonio Blanco (violins), Eduardo Del Piano, Armando Blanco, Attadía and Benito Calvá (bandoneons), Adesso (double bass) and the vocalist Roberto Darwin.

In 1959 he formed Cinco Maestros del Tango with Roberto Dimas (violin), José Padula and Mario Maffia (bandoneons) and Mario Monteleone (double bass). They appeared on Radio Belgrano, toured the interior of the country and recorded for the TK label.

He also formed the Aieta-Baliotti team, with Dimas and Salvador Greco (double bass). They toured several cities four months a year and appeared on Radio Splendid. Then the vocalist Héctor Pacheco was added and they were called Cinco Estrellas del Tango and in 1961 they became Sexteto Argentino de Tango with Mario Maffia, Padula, Dimas, Greco and Osvaldo Chazarreta on vocals. They recorded for the Pathé label.

The first piece he composed dates back to 1926: “Bacán” which was premiered by the Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestra. Other titles of his are: “Noctámbulo”, “Soñador”, “Orgullosa”, “Señores yo soy del centro”, “Desaliento”, “Oyeme mamá”, “A las siete en el café”, “No son siete son catorce”, “Toda una vida”, “Ahora no me conocés”, “Trasnochando” and others up to complete the 158 numbers he had filed in the record.

Besides his prolific artistic work, he was founding member of SADAIC. He was a passionate advocator for the musicians’ royalties. Because of that many times he joined its board of directors, along with his beloved friend Santiago Adamini, author of the lyrics of several of his numbers.

My father was a dreamer, a good soul, a great friend for his friends who, with the passing of time, became a large number and regretted with grief his passing away.