Manuel Meaños

Real name: Meaños, Manuel Andrés
Nicknames: Marcos J. Méndez
Lyricist, writer and reporter
(21 October 1902 - 29 April 1959)
Place of birth:
Avellaneda (Buenos Aires) Argentina
Horacio Ferrer

writer of a wide and manifold achievements, consecrated either to theater, movies, radio, journalism and popular music for which he released some tangos that were widely aired. For example: “Porque soy reo”, “De puro guapo” and “La reja”. Also “En las sombras”, a lyrics with a good poetic value.

He was born in the city of Avellaneda and it was there where he wrote his early poems while he was a student in the Bernardino Rivadavia school.

Soon thereafter his first attempts as playwright were premiered. In 1932 the Olinda Bozán’s company staged his comedy La Rival de Greta Grabo. The latter was followed by other ones, always in the light vein he aimed at: La Dama de Púrpura was among them.

As from 1940, he conducted the revue activity of the Teatro Maipo and he and Enrique Santos Discépolo contributed to the Casino seasons.

He —simultaneously— wrote for the screen and carried out a work as talker on the radio. He was script writer for the movies: Fantasmas en Buenos Aires (1942) with Pepe Arias and Zully Moreno; Cándida, la mujer del año (1943), a smash hit by Niní Marshall, both directed by Enrique Santos Discépolo and El sonámbulo que quería dormir (1956) with Alfredo Barbieri and Margarita Padín.

With music of the composers Carlos Marcucci, Joaquín Mora, Pedro Laurenz, Oscar Napolitano, Roberto Zerrillo, Federico Scorticati, Pedro Gagliano and Herminia Velich he also wrote the tangos: “Mi dolor”, “Mentiras de amor”, “Indiferencia” (same name as the one by Juan Carlos Thorry and Rodolfo Biagi), “Duda”, “Olvídalo”, “Guitarra mía”, “Cansancio”, “Desesperanza”, “No tengas más que un amor”, “Desengaños”.

He died at a young age in his hometown when he was only fifty-six.