Roberto Fugazot

Real name: Fugazot, Santiago Roberto
Singer, actor and composer
(20 June 1902 - 8 August 1971)
Place of birth:
Montevideo Uruguay
Horacio Loriente

antiago Roberto Fugazot was born in Montevideo, in the neighborhood of Reus del norte or Villa Muñoz, on June 20, 1902. Since his adolescence he was an amateur actor and good singer. He was linked to those of his time, especially Américo Chiriff and Humberto Correa as well. He got the experienced advice from the well-known itinerant singer Juan Pedro López with whom he teamed-up to make tours throughout Uruguay.
In February 1924, at the start of the Uruguayan radio and telephone communications, Fugazot in duet with Chiriff sang on the "Paradizábal" broadcasting and three months later on the radio "El Día", this time together with Ítalo Goyeche. The Fugazot-Goyeche duo would debut at the Teatro "Nacional" of Buenos Aires. He settled there.

He played guitar very well due to his extraordinary ear and perfect pitch he was sought after by the singers to team-up duets. While living at the restaurant and lodging "La cortada de Carabelas", in Buenos Aires, he met Agustín Irusta, just arrived in the city of Buenos Aires.

It was at the heroic times of the new singers and, in general, variety shows were held at public resorts or plazas, locals that by then were abundant, where by raffling some bottle or lottery numbers, a "tray" was presented to the customers for a contribution.

In 1926, he settled his duo with Agustín Irusta and with don Alfredo Gobbi, whom he had met before, they joined under the name "Los tres gauchos", appearing at the "Hipodrome" theater. The first star was Ada Falcón. Artistic jealousy abruptly cut off the nice success achieved by "Los tres gauchos". Gobbi then urged them to go on by themselves. Irusta-Fugazot kept on working, showcasing as main course at different theaters.

Fugazot was responsible for the premiering of a beautiful tango: Viejo ciego, music composed by the maestro Sebastián Piana, with lyrics by Cátulo Castillo and Homero Manzi from the stage of the "Nuevo" theater, corresponding to a play called "Patadas y serenatas en el barrio de las latas". The event took place on November 6, 1926.

A few months later -already in 1927- important events happened. Irusta-Fugazot managed to record for the "Victor" company, while Francisco Canaro required them, with the precise vision that the old maestro always had. The fourth tango contest sponsored by Max Glücksmann (discographic impresario), was nearing and Irusta-Fugazot sang the refrain of the triumphant number, Noche de reyes, by Pedro Maffia and Jorge Curi and El mal que me hiciste, by Carlos Percuocco and Luis De Biase, also included in the contest. Fugazot, alone, recorded two tangos: Lagrimeando, lagrimeando (by Antonio Scatasso and Alberto Novión) and Fumando espero (by Juan Viladomat Masanas and Félix Garzo).

While Francisco Canaro´s orchestra was playing at the "Tabarís" theater, Agustín Irusta was invited by the leader to travel to Paris to sing in the orchestra led by Rafael and Juan Canaro. He agreed, very pleased and he called his partner Fugazot. Francisco Canaro agreed that the latter would travel as well.

They embarked in the "Cap Polonio" and when arriving in France there was a misunderstanding with the musicians that were already there, a circumstance that altered Francisco Canaro´s plans. In Paris the singers met with the pianist and composer Lucio Demare. All of them traveled to Madrid to encounter the musicians of the Canaro orchestra.

The famous trio was born, and had its definitive baptism at the cabaret "Maipú" of Madrid when debuting at a party which allowed them to sign a contract with the "Maravillas" theater for a folk scene in which they appeared with gaucho garments, these details were remembered by Agustín Irusta in his book "El trovero", published in Caracas.

The "trío argentino", as they were introduced, originated an association with the recording company "Gramófono" of Barcelona. The records were sold by thousands. That work that began in 1927 culminated in 1934, after the Spanish films, where the