Miguel Padula

Real name: Padula, Miguel
Bandoneonist, composer and lyricist
(30 January 1919 - 2 January 1960)
Place of birth:
Pergamino (Buenos Aires) Argentina
Néstor Pinsón

e was born in Pergamino, province of Buenos Aires. Despite he shares the same family name with José Luis Padula, the creator of “Nueve de julio”, they have no kinship at all.

He put together the first group of his own to debut on LR4 Radio Splendid in 1937. Later he switched to other radio stations and, that same year, he made recordings for the Victor company.

In Horacio Ferrer’s book we read that his orchestra had an anodyne style and he knew it quite well because he had the concern for enriching the sound of his tangos with the inclusion of a brass instrument, a cello and a clarinet.

He quit show business in the forties to devote himself to teaching. Even though there are several tangos dedicated to soccer, no one like Padula insisted so much on that subject matter. He also wrote several ones connected with horse racing.

He made a hit which lasted for many years, the waltz “Amor y celos”, which bore two lyrics, one written by him and another by Alfredo Faustino Roldán.

Other pieces: “Miserere”, lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo, “República”, “Quedé penando” (estilo) and “Sin amparo” (waltz), with Nicolás Trimani, “Ahora me quiere una vieja”, “El milagro de la virgen” and “Pena gaucha” with Cipriano Pérez, “Che Faustino” with Francisco Lío, “Locuras” with Arturo Lespés, “Lamento de mujer” with José Fernández, “Los besos de mi madre” with Francisco García Jiménez, “Dos años a la Marina”, “Lejos de mi rancho” (ranchera) and “Pibe” (waltz) with Alfredo Roldán, “No me mientas”, among many others.

He was also pianist, for a short time, in the music groups led by Anselmo Aieta, José De Caro and his brother Emilio De Caro.

As for his soccer vein we have: “El Mortero del Globito”, dedicated to the goal scorer Herminio Masantonio, player in the Club Huracán, with lyrics by Francisco García Jiménez; “Lemita”, to the small goal keeper of San Lorenzo whose nickname was «Mickey»; “Muchachos yo soy de Boca”, (words by a friend of his who was a Huracán fan); “Cabecita de oro”, to the Boca Juniors forward, Roberto Cherro; “Cortina metálica”, to the Racing Club goal keeper, Botasso; “La fiera”, to the frightening River Plate goal scorer, Bernabé Ferreyra; “El rojo bravo”, to the Independiente player, Oscar Sastre; “Campeones del 33”, to the championship won by San Lorenzo de Almagro, “Con los colores del cielo” with lyrics by Francisco Laino; “El fortín de Villa Luro” with José Fernández, when Vélez Sarsfield had a small field on Basualdo Street in the neighborhood of Villa Luro.

In sum, he was not an outstanding musician but a prolific composer who deserved to be rescued from oblivion by this brief portrayal.