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boy with many illusions made his debut at some balls held at the Club Defensor Sporting by 1954 as singer of the orchestra led by Omar Porcíncula, an excellent pianist who as well had a military career.

The brand-new singer, born in Tacuarembó (Uruguay), is Carlos García, according to his documents, but from the start he chose Carlos Solari as his stage name.

He was evolving through several stages that we have been recalling thanks to his memories. Before his appearance as orchestra singer he remembers the thrill that meant for him singing “Mi vieja viola” in 1950 at a meeting of payadores where he was accompanied on guitar by Humberto Correa himself, the songwriter of the tune. Also his appearance along the Quinteto de Oro led by Armando Blasco that also backed up the singer Ricardo Ibáñez.

In 1960, on Channel 4 of Montevideo, in a program called Fantasías Ferrosmalt he sang “Malena”, the first tango number that was sung on that TV channel, accompanied by the orchestra led by the bandoneonist Horacio Márquez. With that aggregation he also appeared at the Club Náutico of Carrasco.

With the guitarist Miguel Silva Aguilar as his accompanist, he appeared at La casa de Gardel on Channel 10 and, on Channel 12, he was featured as vocalist of the Puglia-Pedroza tango group.

In 1963 he succeeded in recording for the disappeared Edwards label as singer of the excellent orchestra arranged and conducted by maestro César Zagnoli. He recorded as soloist singer the Alfonso Fogazza’s “Candombe de media noche” and, teaming up as duo with Julio Pomar, the tango “Mi malacara y yo”.

His interest for show business led him to Buenos Aires in 1964. There he settled and had a busy schedule. He had a debut at Patio de Tango, and at Tango Club which was then run by Cholo Hernández. On that occasion he was accompanied by a small group fronted by Alfredo Calabró in which the renowned bandoneonist Oscar Castagniaro also played. Those were days of hard work. For three consecutive years he appeared at the Cantina El Alba alongside the great composer and bandoneonist José Dames.

By that time an important event in his career took place. On April 1, 1967 he made his debut on Radio El Mundo de Buenos Aires along with the excellent orchestra co-led by two great bandoneon players: Julio Ahumada and Miguel Bonano. The orchestra recorded for the Odeon company and Carlos Solari cut the piece: “Dondequiera que estés” (by Armando Pontier and Federico Silva), and also made tours throughout the interior of the Argentine nation.

In 1968, along with Pedro Maffia, José Canet and Julián Centeya, he worked in a project that was released in a long-playing record for the Matus label.

Before going ahead it is worthwhile to emphasize that every year, whenever his jobs allowed him to do it, Carlos Solari arrived in Montevideo to visit his beloved family and his friends. Precisely, it was in Montevideo where he appeared along with Julián Centeya at the Teatro El Galpón in one of those short trips to his homeland.

In the 70s, Homero Expósito encouraged Carlos Solari to appear at the Festival de Tango in La Falda (Córdoba) as Uruguayan representative where he succeeded in reaching the finals. He returned for the following season and was awarded with a gold medal by the Secretary of Tourism and then he appeared for ten years at the hotels of the Valle de Punilla (Córdoba). He was awarded the Guitarra de Oro at the festival of Cosquín in 1974 where he was acquainted with the famous accordionist Bertolín.

Next comes his stage when he settled in Bariloche where he carried out an intensive work, especially at the steak restaurant of the Hotel Bella Vista, which lasted fifteen years. Later he made tours, one of them ended up in Mexico where he settled and married again. His spirit drives him to make tours, always accompanied by his guitar. He always remembers Félix Blanco, lead vocalist of Los Trovadores de Cuyo, who taught him how to play guitar.

He is main attraction at the Rincón Gaucho, in the Distrito Federal of Mexico City and he is also an enthusiastic member of the Academia del Tango of Mexico. He has achieved a privileged place in everybody’s consideration thanks to his people skills, his warmth and optimism.

A fruitful furrow, indeed, dug by our singer. Owner of a clear voice with a perfect diction which allows a comparison with the greats. An excellent interpreter that knows how to convey what he feels.

It is fair to say that Carlitos Solari is also a beloved friend, very much loved by us, but not withstanding that, it is perfectly justified that we highlight him for the consideration of the good tango lovers.