Alberto Rial

Real name: Núñez, Armando Alcibíades
(12 August 1929 - 23 April 2019)
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
Néstor Pinsón

e was born on José Bonifacio Street in the neighborhood of Floresta and, as it usually happens, as a kid he began to insist on what was his early devotion, in this case, singing. But he previously had to work in a series of simple jobs according to his age which were necessary because of his father’s death.

His show business career was short and he only cut a few recordings. It was two years long and a comeback and only nine recorded pieces. He passed through the ranks of Ángel Domínguez, Carlos Demaría and Florindo Sassone. In his beginnings he was unconditionally supported by Miguel Montero —firstly— and by Osvaldo Requena, later.

When he was nineteen he dared to sing for relatives and friends. A young neighbor, who had certain experience in singing, suggested him to study and introduced him to his teacher. After several months there, he came to know Miguel Montero. The singer was attracted by the boy’s voice and he suggested him recording several numbers in an acetate disc so that people in the milieu may get acquainted with him.

Montero was friend of the bandoneon player Ángel Domínguez who needed another vocalist for his orchestra. He already had Carlos Almagro on vocals. The “Negro” Montero insisted so much that, before hearing him live, Domínguez accepted him. They made appearances on several radio stations, were invited to different television programs and made appearances in cities of the province of Buenos Aires and in the Federal Capital, also at most of the traditional venues of that time.

They recorded two tangos: “No me hablen de ella” and “Mi madre y vos”, and thereafter, this boy with a strong temper told his leader that he would split with the orchestra due to scanty job.

He already knew Osvaldo Requena who helped him by introducing him to Carlos Demaría who had a contract with LR4 Radio Splendid. It was 1958 and by the midyear the contract was ended and also his engagement with that orchestra.

Requena was then pianist in the orchestra fronted by Alberto Mancione and knew that its singers —Jorge Miró and Héctor Alvarado— were looking for new horizons. Alberto Rial and Osvaldo De Sanctis (later Osvaldo Ramos) joined the aggregation. They appeared on Radio El Mundo, the most popular at that time, and also at different tango venues of the city. There were as well two more tango numbers recorded: “Es imposible olvidar” and “Pasarán los años” (waltz), but it is also an acetate disc which was not commercially issued.

By the end of 1960 his marriage led him to decide his retirement from singing.

Three years later Requena again —who was member of the Florindo Sassone orchestra— summoned him and Osvaldo De Sanctis to join that orchestra. This time they appeared on Radio El Mundo and at the most important clubs and tango venues. In August 1963 they recorded a waltz: “Errante vagabundo”, teaming up as a duo, for the Odeon label.

He continued as soloist for some time and in 1965 he finally quit his professional career.

As for his date of birth, he had used to say that it was in 1933. But on January 2, 2010 in a salon in the neighborhood of Saavedra, relatives and friends held a meeting to celebrate his 89th birthday. On there is a short video that ends with Rial singing a portion of a tango. Had it been so, his birth must have taken place in 1920 or 1921.