Abel Palermo

e appeared at a time when it was the boom of the great singers, they were so great that they modified the classic pattern in which the name of the leader prevailed. So appeared the teams: Troilo-Fiorentino, D'Agostino-Vargas, Tanturi-Castillo, D'Arienzo-Echagüe, Di Sarli-Rufino, Caló-Berón, among others.

However he stood out because he was different, because his style not only evidenced originality but also the use of legato when singing a note, which meant the emission of sounds of a musical line without interruption.

We can associate him the trend started by Francisco Fiorentino and Andrés Falgás and later continued by Roberto Rufino during his tenure with the Carlos Di Sarli Orchestra. Jorge Maciel, with Osvaldo Pugliese, and Jorge Valdez, with Juan D'Arienzo used this resource to a great extent.

His vocation for the art of singing woke up when he was in high school. His parents, when they realized his abilities, took him to an audition in the popular radio program La Pandilla Marilyn, which he soon joined. He studied singing with maestro Eduardo Bonessi. El coloradito, was his nickname then, stood out among the students.

In 1944, something that would be very important in his career happened. The orchestra led by maestro Domingo Federico began a series of recordings for RCA-Victor with two pieces, one of them “La culpa la tuve yo” was sung by the vocalist Ignacio Díaz. Soon thereafter, due to a serious illness, Díaz split with the orchestra.

Then Domingo Federico by chance met Bonessi. He told the latter that he was looking for a young inexperienced vocalist to shape him under his own style. Don Eduardo suggested him to audition an 18 year old kid with excellent capabities. Federico heard him and made him join his orchestra.

He made his debut on record on September 12, 1944 with the Isaac Garcés’s and Isusi’s tango “Y así nació este tango”. But on the other side there was a number that would launch, not only the vocalist, but also the leader and composer into success. It was “Yuyo verde”, with lyrics by Homero Expósito. One of the most remarkable pieces of this team of authors, who had already been consecrated with their tango piece “Percal”.

Vidal achived with Federico a perfect match that originated a wide popular acclaim, either in his appearances or in the sale of records.

Among his discography items, we highlight the tango “Yo”, written by Juan José Guichandut, a true work of art, and the tango “Ella me dio esta pena”, by Enrique Cantore and Manuel Ferradás Campos.

He appeared in the film Otra cosa es con guitarra, with the singer Roberto Quiroga in the leading role.

In the mid- 1949, he split with the orchestra led by Federico and joined Alberto Mancione’s to debut on Radio El Mundo. Soon later he was hired as soloist by the same radio station to sing accompanied by the staff orchestra conducted by maestro Argentino Galván.

After a brief tenure with the Roberto Caló Orchestra he withdrew from showbusiness. He married, he had a child, and began to work in the courts of justice and has a job as official in the secretary of the Labor Court nº 7.

In 1956, he was invited by his friend, the musician Félix Guillán, to record for the TK label. They cut the tango numbers “Azul y rosa” (by Guillán and Lorenzo Spanu) and “Y así nació este tango” (by Isaac Garcés and Isusi). In 1957: “Lloremos” and “Tu vendaval” (by Enrique Lombardi).

Between 1962 and 1964, he recorded with Félix Guillán and his group Los Tangoleros for the labels Yulmar and Polito. And between 1965 and 1966, for Doma label, the numbers: “Mi amor y tu ausencia”, “La mía va por Juncal”, “Margarita Gauthier” performed as a waltz, a curious rendering of “Yuyo verde”, “Amor a la italiana” and “Amándote eternamente”. This material was never released.

His appearances were quite scarce, he joined different aggregations and, in the 70s, on some seasons he appeared at the restaurant El Farolito, on Vera Street, accompanied by the Alberto Mancione Trio.

After 1980, he began with heart problems due to failure in the coronary arteries and died in 1981, at age 54.

Todo Tango brings back from oblivion this excellent singer who, despite his short life, left behind an unforgettable seal for those who love the best tango.