Roberto Lambertucci

Real name: Lambertucci, Roberto
Nicknames: Roberto L. Balsán
(21 February 1919 - 26 January 1991)
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
Horacio Ferrer

e was born in Buenos Aires. Because of his style, sensitivity and performance he belongs to the generation of the 1940s despite he wrote in 1934 his first tango lyrics, “Viejo farolito”, to a music composed by his father. It was recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo in 1939 with Ricardo Ruiz on vocals.

Thereafter he wrote “Me llaman el zorro” (1942) with music by Mario Perini which reached popularity in the Ricardo Tanturi’s rendition with the vocalist Alberto Castillo.

Besides his vast work as lyricist —that includes many numbers of the international melodic genre—, he wrote scripts for radio and television and children songs of which “El pirata Barbanegra” and “Caminito de las nubes” are the most well known.

He also wrote theater plays for children such as La princesa del circo encantado (The Princess of the Enchanted Circus) staged at the Teatro Smart of Buenos Aires and at the Teatro Argentino of La Plata and three plays based on popular songs: Estampas Argentinas with numbers of folk origin, Oración porteña and Los 10 Mandamientos. The latter two included tango pieces.

He worked also writing Spanish versions of the North American songbook.

He collaborated with the composers Enrique Munné, Fernando López, Robeto Pansera and Osvaldo Fresedo. As it was said above he offered his work as lyricist for the composers of the generation of the 1940s.

He also worked with Enrique Campos and Mario Perini in “Rey del tango”; and with Perini in “Vieja esquina”; with Fernando López in “Capullito” and with Martín Darré in “La calle maldita”.

After 1960 with music by Pansera he wrote a remarkable song, “Mi canción de ausencia”, which was wonderfully recorded by Roberto Goyeneche accompanied by the orchestra led by Armando Pontier. Another hit of his was the waltz “Señora princesa” with music by Atilio Bruni and which was committed to disc by Juan D'Arienzo with Mario Bustos on vocals and Héctor Varela with the singer Raúl Lavié.

Other tangos to highlight are: “Tu lágrima de amor” with music by Carlos Figari and “Tu olvido y yo” with Manuel Sucher.

He wrote the lyrics to ten tango numbers composed by Fresedo and Pansera for a work that was entitled Los 10 Mandamientos (The Ten Commandments) that were committed to record by Fresedo and his orchestra with the melodic singer Daniel Riolobos in 1969.

With Horacio Salgán he co-wrote in 1973 a number of tangos named Los Cosos de Buenos Aires which were recorded by the singer Miguel Montero.