Abel Palermo

he belonged to the generation of the fifties in which female singers of the level of Chola Luna, Carmen Duval, María de la Fuente and Julia Vidal stood out and she was not less. Her voice color, different to what was heard at that time, a passionate style of a correct interpretive quality and a strong personality made of her an important star of the Buenos Aires radio stations.

She was born in the neighborhood of Boedo. Her parents, Rogelio Rodríguez and Micaela Lioli, encouraged her fondness for acting and singing. Since child age she had been appearing at different infantile shows.

At age 17 she appeared at a talent contest for female singers organized by LR3 Radio Belgrano and was sponsored by Puloil Soap. She turned out the winner. At that contest the finalists were Chola Luna, Yola Yoli and Carmen Duval, so her triumph was a great achievement.

In 1936 she appeared at different programs on Radio París. From 1938 to 1940 she was the exclusive figure of Radio Belgrano and was accompanied by the guitar group led by Jaime Vila.

After she married, between 1941 and 1949, she quit show business. She returned in 1950 to appear on Radio Belgrano and, the following year on LR4 Radio Splendid. She continued her appearances at different radio shows on the latter station until 1960.

In April 1956 she cut her first recording for RCA-Victor accompanied by the orchestra led by Roberto Caló. She recorded the tango “Lágrimas de sangre” and the milonga “A mis manos”. Later “Por limosna no” and “A la mujer argentina” and by the end of the year: “Te estaba esperando” and “Pasional”. Later in May 1957 she committed to disc “Nuestra noche” and “Por la vuelta”.

As from 1960 she began to take part in different soap operas on Radio Belgrano and, also, on Splendid radio station. As singer she continued her activity at night venues where she was announced by the poet and lyricist Roberto Giménez. I especially remember her at La Armonía and at El Olmo in Once.

In 1964 she appeared at the program emceed by Julio Jorge Nelson on the TV channel 11. Furthermore, for the H y R label she recorded the classics: “Uno” and “Nostalgias”; and, for Magenta, a long-playing record entitled La mujer argentina, alongside Nelly Omar and Elsa Rivas.

In the late 1970 she recorded a new release entitled: Tres estrellas para el tango, along with Juan Carlos Cobos and Alfredo Dalton. The numbers were: “Estás en Buenos Aires”, “Nuestro balance”, “Un desolado corazón” written by Miguel Nijensohn and Roberto Miró and “En carne propia”.

Her latter appearances were in Grandes valores del tango on TV Channel 9 and at the mythical Caño 14 where she was billed along with Rubén Juárez, Roberto Goyeneche and the Horacio Salgán-Ubaldo De Lío duet.