Adolfo Herschel

Real name: Herschel, Adolfo Carlos
Lyricist, guitarist and singer
(17 August 1892 - 12 July 1941)
Place of birth:
La Plata (Buenos Aires) Argentina
Orlando del Greco

round age twenty he began to publish in the magazines of that time (Mundo Argentino, El Hogar) the delicate poems he used to write when he was a student.

Thereafter, attracted to criollo airs (those were times when there was a cult for patriotic and traditional things) he devoted himself to singing and guitar playing. He, indeed, became a very good singer and guitarist, so much so that Carlos Gardel himself recognized he had a sweeter and softer voice than his own. Unfortunately, he never sang or played in public because his father was always against it (by that time parents were respected and obeyed in everything). He did not want that his son would dig those things because he belonged to an aristocratic family. Despite that in his home there were rendezvouses with guitar and singing in which he used to sing alone or along with Gardel, Razzano, Martino, Tapia and others. He owned a precious guitar brought from Spain, with mother-of-pearl and gold inlays, that after so much running around, disappeared.

He was a true, loyal friend of the Gardel-Razzano duo’s, whose members used to frequent his home and he was, from the beginning, also contributor to their repertoire because the following belong to his inspiration: “El vagabundo” with music by the duo; “Pobre gallo bataraz” and “Mi caballo y mi mujer” with music by José Ricardo; “Muñequita”, tango with music by Francisco Lomuto, and “Atardecer [b]” with his own music. They were recorded either by Gardel alone or, sometimes, with Razzano.

Maybe the memorable duo sang “¿Por qué te portaste así?”, a tonada he wrote with Francisco Lomuto.

Herschel was born in La Plata on August 17, 1892 and died in Chile on July 12, 1941.