Juan Baüer

Real name: Baüer Oribe, Juan
Nicknames: Firpito
Pianist, composer and leader
(27 November 1897 - 13 September 1952)
Place of birth:
Orlando del Greco

ince his childhood he had been known by the nickname Firpito because he had a liking for the tangos composed by Roberto Firpo. The latter, on a certain occasion, called him that way.

He became composer in 1924 when he released his first tango, “No te quiero más” which was a smash hit. Time later he published “Celos [c]”, “Pa' qué tomás”, “Te acompaño el sentimiento”, “La cosita”, “Papirusa”, “Pobre diablo”, “Corazón de porteña”, “Montiel”, “Bailarina”, “Comediante”, “Solitario”, “Arroró”, “Recordando [c]”, “Cómo te quería”, “Arrabal [c]”, “Juventud”, “Tango alegre”, “En aquel cuartito”, “Otoño [b]” (waltz), which were recorded by great orchestras, male and female singers, of the level of Roberto Firpo, Francisco Canaro, Alberto Vila, Rosita Quiroga and Carlos Gardel, who committed to disc “No te quiero más” and “Juventud”. (It seems that El Morocho also sang his “Adiós arrabal”, because Carlos Lenzi, the author of its lyrics, had said that the singer was keeping it for one of his movies since it was his favorite tango).

He used to tell a story about Gardel. He narrated that the singer was in a popular café on Corrientes Street and saw a girl seated, alone, at a table and singing in a low voice. He called her to his table and made her sing the song again. As he liked very much what she had sung he asked her the name of the piece and who the author was. The young girl replied that it belonged to someone called Firpito, its title was “No te quiero más” and it was very popular in Montevideo, a city from where she had arrived some days before.

Carlitos embarked and the next day, when he was in the Uruguayan capital, he went to meet the author, that was appearing with his orchestra in a cinema theater, to ask him permission to commit his piece to disc. So he came to know the great singer with whom he later had a close friendship.

He started his career with Roberto Zerrillo and worked in movie theaters, theaters, and the Uruguayan Sondor records.

Baüer was born in Spain on November 27, 1897. When he was a kid he arrived in Uruguay, Salto, where he grew up and studied. He passed away in Montevideo on September 13, 1952.