Abel Palermo
| Federico García Blaya

ike other girls of that time who later became famous, she started in the Pandilla Marilyn, in which also appeared Alba Solís and Nelly Prince, the latter one of the early speakers of the Argentine television on the old Channel 7.

She teamed up in a duo with Nora Paéz and, soon thereafter, as female tango singer, made her debut on LR8 Radio París. She was part of that important generation of radio women that achieved wide public acclaim in the thirties: the sisters Nelly and Gori Omar, Amanda Ledesma, Carmen Duval, Lita Morales, Tita Galatro, Sabina Olmos, just to name a few.

In the early forties Jovita put together the duo Las Palomitas with Alba Toranzo, a well-known folk music and tango singer. The duo appeared in the movie Joven viuda y estanciera (1941). In 1943 Osvaldo Sosa Cordero invited her to join his group and it was then when she made her first hit with the recording of Anahí, a Guarani song by Sosa Cordero.

By that time she appeared in two plays at the Teatro Alvear: Dos corazones by Ivo Pelay with musical direction by de Francisco Canaro, along with Tita Merello, Chola Luna and Carlos Roldán (1944) and La Historia del sainete, by Pelay, Marcos Bronenberg and Antonio Botta, with Roldán and Chola Luna (1946).

In 1950 she made a tour of Italy and France where she appeared and sang tango numbers. On her comeback she was summoned by Manuel Romero to act and sing in El patio de la morocha at the Teatro Maipo alongside Juan Carlos Mareco, Sofía Bozán and Virginia Luque. She was also starred in the film with the same script and director but under the title Arriba el telón which was premiered on August 14, 1951.

A new European tour in 1953 led her to Spain where her career reached an important level. There she sang accompanied by the pianist Juancito Díaz and also appeared as vedette in the variety shows written by Francisco Ariza, Las catorce-X, and Julia Maura’s Poker de damas. In 1957 she was linked with Alfredo Alaria and appeared in his shows with South American rhythms. Later she appeared as dancer in Diferente, a movie with script and book by Alaria (1961) and at the musical comedy El otro yo de Marcela, by the same author with musical direction by Mariano Mores. A record was released with four numbers sung by Jovita at that musical: “Viejo Madrid”, “El patio de la Morocha”, “Milonga tangueada” and “El otro yo de Marcela”.

In 1963 she appeared at the play Tres novias para Roberto, also by Alaria with book by Rodolfo Taboada and Oscar De Paula, with music by Mores and Mike Ribas.

A special mention deserves her performance at the Teatro Zarzuela in December in that year, in the play Buenos días amor starred along with a successful Argentine that was a hit in Spain and became a diva: Celia Gámez.

Nearly a decade later the producer and emcee Julio Marbiz summoned her to appear in the movie Argentinísima along with Atahualpa Yupanqui and Mercedes Sosa, among others (1971).

In 1977 she appeared alongside Nélida Lobato, Ámbar La Fox and Juan Carlos Mareco in the musical Chicago which was staged at the Teatro Nacional on Corrientes Avenue.

On television she appeared at the mythical Tropicana Club on Channel 7 emceed by Guillermo Brizuela Méndez. And many years later, Eduardo Bergara Leumann brought her to his successful TV show on Channel 11, La botica del ángel, in which she stayed until the end of the season towards the late eighties.

As if to close with a grand finale her career she was invited to sing in Tango Argentino, a show by the choreographers Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli that placed our music again in the forefront, firstly in Europe and later in the United States, and which included the most important figures of the eighties and nineties. An album of the show was released and in it Jovita sings “Balada para mi muerte” with the Sexteto Mayor and “De mi barrio” accompanied by the violinist Mario Abramovich.

In 1995, also with the cast of Tango Argentino, she traveled to the United States and Spain along with María Graña, Elba Berón, Alba Solís, Virulazo and other great artists. This tour was the prelude to her farewell after sixty years of an interrupted show business career.

She died in Buenos Aires, at age 81 and her remains rest at the Actors’ Pantheon at the Cemetery of Chacarita.