Celia Louzán

Real name: Louzán, María Celia
(19 October 1909 - 4 August 1954)
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
Néstor Pinsón

he was born in Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Flores. She studied piano and singing in a conservatory of the vicinity. As a child she made her debut with a folk group led by Mr. Anselmi and Mr. Fleurquin.

Nearly a teenager, she joined the Compañía Teatral Muiño-Alippi (theater company) for a performance at the Teatro Argentino, on Bartolomé Mitre in the 1400 block. With that company she traveled to Spain in 1922, on a successful long tour, appearing in Barcelona and in other places on the Spanish peninsula.

She worked as actress in simple roles which led her to sing folk songs and some tangos.

She returned to the country and, some years later, she married an entrepreneur of the shoe industry with whom she had two children. She withdrew from show business for eight years. But she soon became a widow and, in 1933, came back to the scene, appearing on LS2 Radio Prieto for a ten-year tenure.

In 1934 she cut a couple of recordings accompanied by the Trío Los Nativos, for the Odeon label: the waltz “Te quiero mucho más” and “La flor del palmar”, a habanera which Mercedes Simone had made very popular. She also recorded a large number of commercial jingles, some of them teaming up with the singer Carlos Dante. Among them, the ones advertising the Jabón Federal soap stand out.

In 1936 she was backed on guitar by Edmundo Rivero and his group. That same year she was featured as artist of our folk music in shows on Radio Prieto and Radio Argentina, accompanied by the orchestra conducted by Pedro Sánchez.

She was gradually quitting tango, and changing her songbook to include folk tunes. She appeared at the venues: Mi Refugio, Achalay Huasi and others. By that time she was called La Dama del Folclore (The Lady of Folk Music).

In 1938, always on Radio Prieto and Radio Argentina, she appeared as soloist in appearances of the Coros Polifónicos (Polyphonic Choirs), created and conducted by maestro Carlos Pibernat, performing folk and tango pieces.

We add as additional information that her sister Corina, also singer, was the wife of Francisco Martino, who had joined the group of Carlos Gardel and José Razzano on a tour of the interior of the country.

She was the lyricist of the song “De todos las penas”, composed by José María Vicente de Hoyos.