Lorenzo Ranieri

Real name: Ranieri, Lorenzo
Guitarist and composer
(7 September 1909 - 2 August 1993)
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
Néstor Pinsón

uitarist, composer, singing teacher, he was also sculptor like his father, the Italian Felipe Ranieri.

A tenement house was his home, on 148 Sarandí Street. Very close to his place –on the 154 number- lived, in a similar condition, the guitar strummer and singer José Razzano.

He was a disciple of Ángel Domingo Riverol. About how he came to know the Gardel’s guitarist, he used to recall: «The first time I saw Ángel Domingo Riverol he was appearing at a café in the neighborhood of Floresta, located on the corner of Rivadavia and Santiago de las Carreras; he played guitar solos with his peer Juan Buscaglia. By that time and in the same neighborhood, I saw him again at one of those bandstands which were then fashionable with their variety shows, located on Rivadavia and Carrasco... My liking for guitar playing had begun in my juvenile years and I started to study with Juan Buscaglia; but soon thereafter the latter was hired by a circus to go out on tour and I was then without teacher... In order to go on with my learning, Buscaglia recommended me to Riverol; The latter soon accepted me and began to give me lessons for just $ 5 a month: it was a special price... I quickly improved, but then I was unable to go on paying my teacher. When, in deep sorrow, I told him that, Riverol, smiling, gently patted my back and told me that I did not have to worry because he will go on teaching me all the same... Much later, when he was hired by Gardel, he was unable to continue teaching».

He teamed up with Félix Vera as a duo which was known as ‘Dos guitarras en la noche’ (Two guitars in the night) and he also put together a trio with Alfredo Calabró and Arturo Gallucci, which in the 70s appeared for several seasons at the well-remembered Mesón Español on Caseros Avenue.

Lorenzo accompanied a large number of artists, possibly, the one who stood out most was Alberto Castillo. But he was not the only guitarist in that job, along with him there was another guitarist and prolific composer, Ángel Cabral, the one who wrote the melody of the waltz “Que nadie sepa mi sufrir” (La foule), which in a rendition by Edith Piaf in France became a worldwide hit. That allowed him to buy a country house in the city of Mercedes which he filled with friends in barbecue parties.

He also backed Marcelino Lozano, Oscar Valleta, Carmen del Moral, Alberto Bardi and recorded with Carlos Mayel, Pedro Boeto and Alberto Morales, among others.

For some of those recordings he formed the Trío Carlos Gardel which on different occasions included the guitarists José Francisco Savignano, Atilio Eduardo Pascale, Domingo Lainez, Toto Serrao and Alba Toranzo, and which on occasions added the bandoneon player Celedonio Doliard.

He composed several pieces, like the homage to his peer, “Al Negro Vivas”; a tribute to the soccer player Ricardo Bochini “Para el Bocha” (with Leopoldo Díaz Vélez); also “Así como entonces”, “Yo te canto tango”, “Pimpollo”, “Corazón boyero”, the estilo “Para ti Lucero”, “Milonga del carnicero”, among many other numbers.