Abel Palermo

e was born in the locality of San Lorenzo (province of Santa Fe). His parents were Martín Aguirre and Juana Obredor. When he was a child his family settled in the city of Rosario, near San Lorenzo. Félix attended a music conservatory near his domicile where he studied music theory, music reading and guitar playing.

When a teenager, he began to appear in coteries, tearooms and clubs where he sang and accompanied himself on guitar. At age 15 his father decided that he should participate at a talent contest organized by LT5 Radio Chaco in which he turned out winner.

His songbook included tango and folk songs. In 1947 he was summoned by the orchestra leader of Rosario, José Sala, to join his orchestra.

In the late forties he decided to try his luck in Buenos Aires. After a short time of being based in the Capital he joined the orchestra led by the bandoneonist Calixto Sayago.

In 1951 he joined the Jorge Argentino Fernández Orchestra in which the other vocalist was Aníbal Duarte. They appeared on LS10 Radio Libertad. In 1953 Fernández made his debut on record for the Pathe label with the instrumental “Contratiempo”, composed by Astor Piazzolla and on the B side there was the waltz “Rosa de otoño (Rosas de otoño)” with Aguirre on vocals.

Two years later, after his breakup with Fernández, he shortly appeared in the Héctor Varela Orchestra. In 1956 he joined the one led by Edgardo Donato which also had the singer Oscar Peralta. He recorded three numbers: “Naranjerita” —a song by Osvaldo Sosa Cordero—, “Cosita linda” —tango by Donato with lyrics by the singer— and “Rosa de fuego” —by Manuel Jovés and Antonio Viergol—. The latter two were recorded in 1957.

After the carnival balls of 1958 he joined the Juan Sánchez Gorio’s orchestra that also included the singers Osvaldo Bazán and Julio Fontana. They played at the balls of the Club Victoria of Tigre in the province of Buenos Aires, on LR1 Radio El Mundo and at the cabaret El Avión in the neighborhood of La Boca.

In 1959 he was summoned by Argentino Galván to record the candombe “Todo negro” along with the female singer Ana María Pons and choir for the Music Hall label.

Around 1960 he started to devote himself to the composition of songs connected with a region of the Argentine northeastern coast and succeeded in imposing a new kind of songs that he called litoraleñas with which he reached an international acclaim. His numbers were recorded by international singers and musicians like Julio Iglesias, Andrés Calamaro, Alberto Cortez, Los Laikas, Los Parranderos, Los Nuevos Románticos de Cuba and many more.

Among the Argentine renditions are: Ricardo Tanturi with Alberto Guzmán on vocals recorded in 1959 “Río rebelde” with music composed by Héctor Ayala and Samuel Claus and lyrics by Aguirre; Donato Racciatti with Rita Marín: “Río manso” (1961); Alfredo De Angelis with Carlos Aguirre: “Río de angustia” (1970).

In the mid-sixties he only sang his compositions and often appeared on the Argentine TV Channel 9. Later he was summoned by several countries of America and Europe. Finally he settled in Madrid (Spain) where he run a venue that staged shows.

Among his songs we may add to the above: “Trasnochados espineles”, “Tesoro mío” (with music by José Luis Giacomini —Pepe Medina—), “Anocheciendo”, “Río de lluvia”, “Río de sueños”, “Río de ausencia”. It is worthwhile to mention the following musicians that collaborated with his oeuvre: César Isella, Antonio Tarragó Ros, Raúl Barboza, Ernesto Montiel, Santos Lipesker, Leo Lipesker, Máximo Barbieri, Ángel Cabral, and many others more.

With this portrayal we remember and recognize someone who for a long time, with tango and his music that portrays our Argentine rivers, spread Argentine songs worldwide.