Héctor Bates

Real name: Bates, Héctor Tomás Octavio
Reporter, composer and lyricist
(22 March 1894 - 23 June 1964)
Place of birth:
Mendoza Argentina
Orlando del Greco

e was among the best ones in writing novels for the radio, in which task he became the most popular for over a quarter of a century.

Many people surely remember numbers like La Mazorquera de San Telmo, La Vendetta, Virgen y Madre, El Sepulcro de los Vivos,
¿Dónde está mi hijo? , La Voz de la Sangre, Genoveva de Bravante, "María de los Dolores", "La Pasión de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Montescos y Capuletos, Santa Lucía, El Casamiento del diablo, La loca del conventillo, Perdonar es divino, Arreando amores y penas... allá va el Tape Lucena, Soy del 900, Después de Dios, mi madre, La Galleguita y el Porteño, Mate Cocido el romantic bandolero, Santos Vega no ha muerto, with some pieces co-written with Margarita P. de Torres and Héctor Rodríguez, which once they were made popular through the radio, he staged them in different theaters of the capital and the interior of the country with his company.

There must have been around a hundred plays he wrote for the radio soap opera, an activity that made him renowned for the Argentine public and neighboring countries. Because of that, his work as playwright was highly valued. His first novel was Virgen y Madre, premiered on Radio del Pueblo, in 1937, with Carmelo Santiago as collaborator.

With his cousin Luis Bates he released the book La Historia del Tango: sus autores, in 1936, a work that portrays the musical life of the main composers in tango and to which those who want to get information about our urban music turn to. The book was a compendium of interviews that they both made to popular tango figures on different radio stations and in the Antena magazine.

Several songs belong to him, almost all "American Waltzes" co-written with his cousin: "Clyde" "Ibis", "El regreso", "Una canción de cuna", "El ultimo vals", "¿Por qué cierras los ojos cuando besas?" and, among some more, the famous "Nelly [b]" which was recorded by Carlos Gardel, Francisco Canaro, Ignacio Corsini and other artists.

As radioamateur he founded a stationin 1923 and, in 1930, the film production company Sacha Manzanera (later was S.I.D.E. ) with which he made two documentaries and the movie Canción de cuna.

He had his own tango orchestra in 1936 to appear on the radio. He had many facets within the art and cultural activity. He appeared in Brazil and Uruguay. He was paper man in different journals and periodicals.

In the above book and magazines like Antena, ¡Aquí está! , Leoplán and others he always praised his friend Carlos Gardel whom he had known in the milieu since 1926.

The actress and singer Mercedes Carné was his frequent collaborator in movies, radios and song.

Héctor Bates was born in Mendoza on March 22, 1894 and passed away in Buenos Aires on June 23, 1964.