Abel Palermo

ith an elegant figure and good-looking, he started as featured singer in his hometown, Rosario, after the mid- fifties, curiously with his own short-lived orchestra co-led by Omar Torres and Antonio Agri.

Besides his good looks he had a defined baritone range, good diction and an impeccable intonation. Since his beginnings he interpreted tango in a melodic delicate way.

By 1953 he had already made his professional debut, summoned by the pianist José Sala to join his aggregation to share the vocals with his fellow townsfolk Alfredo Belusi.

By that time Sala had been hired by CBS-Columbia and was also member of the Radio Belgrano staff.

Because of the former reason Yanel made his debut on record in April 1954 with the tango “Oración rante”. On the other side of the disc was the instrumental “Lágrimas”. He also recorded “Nunca más”, “Fatal y tanguera”, “La cantina” and, lastly, “Noche de locura”. When he split with the orchestra he was replaced by Ángel Burgos.

He had a brief tenure in the Ricardo Pedevilla’s orchestra and soon thereafter he switched to the one led by Héctor Artola. In that aggregation the female singer was the pretty Ruth Durante. They appeared on the radio, firstly on Splendid and later on El Mundo.

In the mid- 1957 the singer Mario Beltrán split with the Alfredo Gobbi Orchestra and, because of that, the bandleader summoned Yanel who immediately accepted the challenge. For the first time he was he was appearing with the heavyweights of tango.

Regrettably, with Gobbi he only recorded one number in October 1957, “Reflexionemos”. And it turned the only recording of this bandleader for RCA-Victor.

Later the orchestra stopped playing for some time and Héctor Varela invited him to join his aggregation because one of his singers, Fontán Luna, had quit. The other vocalist was Ernesto Herrera.

In this period and with that orchestra, between July and August 1958, he cut three numbers: “Yo no quiero que se entere”, by Riel (Leo Lipesker), “Y solamente mía”, by Lucio Milena and Poupée (Filomena Perozziello), and “Que digan lo que quieran”, by Alberto Cosentino and Miguel Bucino.

He also appeared and was featured at the Glostora Tango Club on Radio El Mundo and at the then quite important night club Maipú Pigall.

After his one-year tenure with Varela the vocalist again appeared as soloist at the carnival balls of 1959 organized by the Club Nueva Era of Rosario. He was backed by the local orchestra fronted by José Corna with whom he teamed up. They made a tour and in September they split up. Then Yanel joined the Celso Amato’s orchestra, along with Héctor de Rosas, to appear at the Confitería Richmond on Esmeralda Street.

The following year he began a long tour of Europe and the Orient and so he was replaced by Tito Landó. He was the first Argentine singer that recorded in Russia a long-playing disc that included tangos in 1968. All that time he stayed many years abroad and was based in Spain.

On his comeback to Argentina in 1975 we knew that he had changed genre and sobriquet. Boleros and international songs were his main repertoire and he was not Carlos Yanel anymore but Siro San Román.

However, he always was linked to tango, this time as impresario of night venues. The most well-remembered was La nostalgia está de moda on Juan B. Justo Avenue and Argerich, later it moved downtown with another name: La nueva nostalgia.

In the latter years he continued in full activity. In 2002 he appeared at midnight at La Esquina Homero Manzi with his show ¿Te acordás hermano?. He continued making tours and the most outstanding was with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2004, he founded the Escuela de Intérpretes Vocales (School for Vocalists), with Valeria Lody as his partner.

Siro San Román recorded output of numbers exclusively devoted to tango is included in a few discs. The first one, of 1983, Tangos para un soñador is with the accompaniment and musical direction by José Colángelo. In 1987 Déjame hablarte with Osvaldo Montes. In 2000 El tango a mi manera with the collaborations of several bandleaders and, lastly, Siro San Román y la Orquesta Color Tango in 2005.

He appeared in the movie Patapúfete (1967), directed by Julio Saraceni, with a cast headed by the comic actor Pepe Biondi.