Néstor Real

Real name: Coscarelli, Néstor Alberto
Nicknames: El Ruso
(26 February 1934 - 30 July 2000)
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina

n his beginnings he appeared at several contests for singers that used to be held in Buenos Aires in the late 50s and early sixties. The most important in which he won was the one organized by the Tango Bar of Flores, when he shared the first prize with Ricardo Medina, who later played with Osvaldo Pugliese.

He started professionally in the Juan Caló orchestra, time later he joined the quintet Cinco Maestros del Tango, lined-up with Pedro Maffia, Armando Baliotti, José Luis Padula, Salvador Grecco and Roberto Dimas.

Later he joined, as vocalist, the orchestra of the bandoneonist Jorge Caldara, former Osvaldo Pugliese’s musician.

In 1966 El Ruso, as his fans called him, joined the orchestra led by Armando Pontier, replacing Alberto Podestá.

With the maestro Pontier, he made a tour of Japan, sharing the vocals with Héctor Darío. During two months they visited 60 cities appearing at theaters and on television.

With this orchestra he succeeded in recording, he recorded, among others, “Amigazo”, “Silbando” and “Misa de once”.

When he split with the orchestra, he began his career as soloist with a remarkable boom for the period, he appeared on all the tango sceneries, and often was seen on radio and television. Grandes valores del tango, on Channel 9, was one of the shows that included him in its cast.

He performed at many night venues: El Boliche de Rotundo, Vos Tango, La Casona and Taconeando.

He died unexpectedly when his artistic career was in full blossom on July 30, 2000.