Alberto Morales

Real name: Morales, Amadeo Alberto
Singer and lyricist
(12 October 1928 - )
Place of birth:
Tandil (Buenos Aires) Argentina
Juan Ángel Russo

ossessor of a harmonic, manly voice with a delicate color and uncommon overtones, at times when a good intonation seems to be a sin. He has, besides his vocal gitfs, all the attributes that distinguish a porteño through and through and an excellent person.

He was born in Tandil, province of Buenos Aires, and began his musical career at age seventeen with the Luis Giardino’s orchestra. He continued his singing studies and polished himself with maestro Julio De Caro who, selflessly, taught him music, sight reading and trained him to join a choir.

He became friends with the maestro but around 1958 he decided to quit singing for good. However, that withdrawal only became a temporary break because in 1970 he returned to show business. This time it was alongside Carlos Figari who trained him for that comeback which took place in 1972 with the quartet led by the pianist.

Due to private reasons he interrupted his singing activity but he resumed it in 1976. This time as guest singer he joined the group Buenos Aires 5 led by the pianist Mario Marmo in many appearances. The following year he was summoned by Alberto Castelar to join his folk music company.

Regularly he appeared as soloist and was backed by very important guitarists such as Roberto Grela, Antonio Siri, Juan Carlos Gorrías and others. He was also accompanied by the tango groups led by Oscar Bassil, Trío Marmo, the Trío Porteño —lined up by Jorge Cordone, Tito Nicosia and Carlos Cordone.

He appeared on television on channel 11 and later he traveled to Europe and sang at the Caesars Club of Rome.

On his comeback he became friends with Charlo who encouraged him to record and offered him his songbook, his backup group, his support, to be his conductor and even his pianist. With that fabulous accompaniment the long-playing record Todo Charlo was released (1986).

For the historical record: the number “Con el alma ciega” was the last time the band leader played on piano for a commercial release. It happened on September 24, 1984, at 4 pm.

Soon therafter he was invited by the pianist and director Roberto Zanoni for a special recording in his new group for the premiere of two pieces: “Muñecas del Barrio Norte” and “Compañera de facultad” for the Almalí label.

By that time he appeared to great acclaim at the Centro Cultural General San Martín and had stints at the Alvear Palace and Buenos Aires Sheraton hotels. He also made a tour of Santiago de Chile.

He cut a new record for the Almalí label, this time accompanied by maestro Oscar Cardozo Ocampo. The record was entitled: Hay una niña en el alba and on November 28, 1990 was introduced at the Teatro Mateo Booz in the city of Rosario where it was awarded a platinum disc.

He appeared at the venues of the Buenos Aires tango circuit, like El Viejo Almacén, the Teatro Luz y Fuerza and the Café Tortoni.

In 1993 the Almalí label —in which he had been working for 15 years— suggested him a new recording, this time sharing the billboard with the bandoneonist Ernesto Baffa. The recording of the disc was finished in August 1993 and was released before the mid- 1994.

He again joined Oscar Cardozo Ocampo in 1998 and recorded 16 numbers for the compact disc Tango 2000 published by Fonocal. In that recording the great violinist Antonio Agri is heard for the last time.

In 2000 he made another recording, the CD Brindis de tango, accompanied by the Quinteto de Reyes led by Ángel Sanzó.

As lyricist he has penned several numbers with Ángel Sanzó: “Flor y flor”, “Milonga”, “Soy carrero del cuarenta” (milongas), “Caminando” (bolero), “El tango y yo”. With Ricardo Martínez he wrote the march “Mercosur” and the waltz “Ecos”. With Eduardo Dantin, the candombe “A San Telmo y Monserrat”. “Flor del río”, “Maribel”, “Mujer”, “Yo te creí” with Eduardo Barrera. “Un criollo llamado Patria”, with Roberto Zanoni and “Mi viejo sauce”, with Ernesto Baffa. As lyricist and composer he wrote “La perla del oeste”.

On TV his most outstanding work was for Crónica TV, and in 1991 he was awarded the Trofeo Charlo and two years later, El Gardel de Oro.

This is our humble homage to this great artist of our tango. A man that still delights us.