Adolfo Berón

Real name: Berón, Adolfo Manuel
Guitarrist and composer
(21 December 1915 - 7 November 1982)
Place of birth:
Zárate (Buenos Aires) Argentina
Ricardo García Blaya

e was a good guitarist, with a clear and precise fingering, neither far-fetched nor with avant-garde pretensions. His warm simplicity and sweetness in playing every tango allowed us to perceive the melody of the pieces just as they were conceived by their composers.

He was born in the city of Zárate, province of Buenos Aires. He was the eldest of the Berón siblings, all of them singers: Elba, Rosa, José and, the most famous, Raúl. His father Manuel was also guitar player and singer. He was Adolfo’s first teacher.

In his youth he played in family parties. Little by little he was playing at balls and venues of his city. Time later, they moved to Buenos Aires, to the neighborhood of Flores.

His professional debut was on Radio Belgrano, in 1936, along with his siblings. He accompanied radio important figures: Nelly Omar, Juanita Larrauri, Chola Luna and Adhelma Falcón, who was his girlfriend for a long time.

Thereafter, in the fifties, he teamed up with the singer Oscar Ferrari, leading his own guitar group to which he added a double bass. With his string ensemble he made tours of South America to great acclaim. His appearances in Colombia playing Carlos Gardel’s songs in 1968 stood out.

Despite the noticeable decline of tango on the radio, on television and, especially, in record sales, in 1967 Adolfo and his wife, Amalia Salminci, opened a tango venue in Mar del Plata downtown, which they named La Tuerca. Important artists appeared there: his brother Raúl Berón, Roberto Goyeneche, Jorge Vidal, Ruth Durante, Amadeo Mandarino, Héctor Mauré, among others.

He was the guitarist who recorded the largest number of records, a total of 20, for different recording companies. In 1972 he recorded on guitar the march “Los muchachos peronistas” and, he gave a copy of that record to General Juan Perón when the latter returned to our country.

His first gold disc was awarded to him in the sixties for the tango “El abrojito” which was a hit in record sales. His last record, in 1982, was for the Odeon label. In it he recorded 14 pieces, all of them were waltzes, among them: “La pulpera de Santa Lucía”, “La flor de la canela”, “Amémonos” and “Ansiedad”.

He composed tangos and folk music, his most outstanding pieces were the milongas: “Paso a paso”, “Paciencia será otra vez”, “A don Manuel” dedicada a su papá, “A punta y hacha”; the tangos: “Cuatro notas a Gardel”, “Soldadito de plomo”, “Corazón de Pierrot”, “Plegaria de un querer”; las zambas: “Mi lazo”, “La canción del labriego”, “Un tango para mi pueblo”, dedicated to his hometown; the waltzes: “Estrellita feliz” and “Bendito amor”.

He died, unexpectedly, in 1982, at age 67, when he was rolled down by a motorcyclist on Avenida del Libertador in Buenos Aires. So a trip to Japan planned for February the following year was frustrated, which was to last three months for a tour of different cities of that country.