Manuel Ferradás Campos

Real name: Ferradás Campos, Manuel Enrique
Lyricist and journalist
(8 August 1913 - 20 April 1986)
Place of birth:
Formosa Argentina
Héctor López
| Néstor Pinsón

f some boy, old enough, who likes tango —though in this case, the example is not a tango—, is told these few lines:

Rumbo a Siberia mañana
saldrá la caravana
quién sabe si el sol
querrá iluminar nuestra marcha de horror
mientras en Moscú
mi Olga tal vez a otro amor se entregó.


(Tomorrow the caravan will leave towards Siberia. Who knows if the sun will light our horror march while in Moscow perhaps my Olga will give herself to another lover.)(“Snow”)

Immediately it will brought to mind the mournful image of Agustín Magaldi singing this song titled “Nieve”, with melody by the singer and lyrics by the man of this portrayal.

But not all the stories by this boy from Formosa filled us with cold, nor contained future scenes of uncontrolled suffering. This other one, instead, take us to a warm little room of pleasure:

Yo sé que habrá una noche
feliz en mi existencia
será la noche aquella
triunfal en mis amores
yo sé que habrá una noche
en que vendrás a mí.

(“Será una noche”)

(I know there’ll be a happy night in my existence. It will be that triumphant night in my love affairs. I know there’ll be a night when you come to me.) (“It’ll be a night”)

Hopeful words that, surely, will have the happy ending and which we have heard more than once by the orchestra led by its composer, José Tinelli and the vocal interpretation of his wife, the singer Chola Bosch. Everything is very romantic. These introductory lines are to acquaint our lyricist with the reader.

Only when he became an adult he decided to leave his hometown and travel to Buenos Aires. He wanted to be a journalist and his search began to be successful. He began as a sports chronicler and continued until he became reporter of several newspapers of that time like: Última Hora, El Nacional, El Pregón, El Diario, Clarín. Finally he was director of magazines about the show business milieu like Radiolandia, Antena and Radiofilm.

He wrote plays for the radio and other ones for theater. Thereafter he was connected to unionism and was secretary of the Asociación de Periodistas (Journalists Association) and joined the boards of Argentores, SADAIC, APTRA. In the latter he suggested the name «Martín Fierro» for the awards to be given since then for television and radio. He was also president of the Sociedad de los Autores de Radioteatro.

But his name stood out due to his work as author. He began with “Sol” with music by Osvaldo Pugliese. Later “El poema en gris” which has a quite beautiful recording in Cuba by the Trío Argentino (Irusta-Fugazot-Demare) and “Los cisnes”, both with music by Eduardo Pereyra. “Diez años”, with music by Cayetano Puglisi and Pascual De Gregorio; “Embrujamiento”, with Ricardo Malerba and Dante Smurra; “Se marchita un clavel”, “Música de ensueño”, “Un buen recuerdo”, all them with José Tinelli.

His wife, Maruja Pacheco Huergo, for decades was also author, composer and singer.