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Real name: Bastardi, Francisco Antonio
Lyricist and actor
(4 October 1883 - 6 March 1976)
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
SONGS IN THIS ARTICLE
La cabeza del italiano
ARTISTS IN THIS ARTICLE
Graciano De Leone
Orlando del Greco
e started as actor with
at the Apolo Theater in 1909 and after appearing in all the Buenos Aires venues with a large number of companies, he made tours throughout the country and nearly all the American continent.
He furthered his theatrical work as playwright. His first play was
En la ciudad
which was premiered by the inimitable
. He also wrote
Aquella noche en el Pigall
As songwriter, he made his debut with the tango “Alma de arrabal”, in 1917, with music by Antonio Cipolla, later he released numbers which were recorded by
. The latter recorded “
” and “
La cabeza del italiano
” with music by
, respectively, and brought “Adiós que te vaya bien” to Europe, with music also by Rezzano.
He came to know
in 1913 at the Bar Domínguez when he was introduced by
and since then his friendship with the singer had never been broken up. Recalling it, he told us the following story: «I was with Gardel at a table having coffee at the old Bar Domínguez, located across the Nuevo Theater, on the narrow and popular Corrientes Street. When I was congratulating him for the marvelous recording he had made of my tango “
”, an acquaintance of mine born in the land of Rosalía de Castro approached our table.
«I took advantage of the occasion to introduce them by saying: "Mr. so and so, a friend. Our great
«—"Ah!... Yes.!... the one some people say he sings, don’t they?"
«Gardel, a bit surprised, but cunningly replied:
«—"Don’t believe that, my friend. That’s people’s hearsay. I don’t sing. I squall, just like you do".
«And with this, the introduction was over.»
In 1963 he published the book
Yo también con mis memorias
. Other tangos of his are “
”, “Tricomía arrabalera”, “
”, “Único amor”, “Las intenciones”, “Todo florece” (waltz), “A mi madre [e]” (waltz), “Oiga”, “Volvé a casa”, “Don José [b]”, “La garçonne [b]”, “Lombardo”, “No vuelvas a mentir”, “Juventud [b]”, with music by Cipolla, Donato, De Leone, Scatasso, Noli, etc.
Bastardi was born in Buenos Aires on October 4, 1883 and there he died on March 6, 1976.
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