Carlos Moreno

Real name: Moreno, Carlos
(11 December 1936 - 4 July 2015)
Place of birth:
Canals (Córdoba) Argentina

e was born in Canals (province of Cordoba), the same day that Carlos Gardel and Julio De Caro were born. He was brought up in Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Villa Crespo. Later, at a very early age, he settled in the Argentine northern area where he used to entertain and still performs at shows in the city nights and at the local, peculiar and passionate carnivals.

Having appeared at the renowned cabarets run by the mythical Russian María, in Salta, is, perhaps, the antecedent that best expresses that contact with the deep nights of a scarcely known Northern area. Since then, without forgetting that experience, he was successful on different stages in Latin America and the United States.

His debut in the city of Buenos Aires took place at the Confitería Richmond on Esmeralda Street. There he appeared alongside Julio Sosa and sang backed by the orchestras led by Héctor Rubens and by Armando Pontier. Those were peaceful times when the Buenos Aires inhabitants gathered to listen to music, to have tea in the afternoon and, why not, to dance in the company of friends.

Many poets and tango men had talked about his personality and his artistry. So, José Gobello has said that Carlos Moreno «has a quite wide sensitivity, open to very different and even opposing tango expressions».

Highlighting his indefatigable vocation for traveling, Virgilio Expósito says that he had the knowledge to discover «the untouched places of the country, the least contaminated, detecting the areas of purity of the Argentine interior, revealing inexhaustible sources of human and cultural wealth. He knows where it is, in what innermost part of this land tango is kept intact».

For Ariel Petrocelli, poet and folklorist of Salta, «He is the voice of all of us; the mirror of the secret multitudes in only one being; a person found on the corner of the many things, the one who walked a long way with his voice and became a provincial buddy».

But he evidences his modesty when speaking of himself, he says: «I’m a worker of tango. A officiating person of a popular feeling».

He recorded his first disc in Salta for the local record label H y R in 1965. This release that contributed to foster his prestige in the Argentine north was published under the title Acuarela Tanguera. Later he worked with RCA-Victor and Polygram. He has released 25 high quality productions, in long playing records and CDs.

His love for tango and his zeal for being in touch with different audiences led him to the difficult task of founding locals, of opening tango venues where to present to best of his artistry. So he settled in places like Punta del Este (Uruguay) and Río Hondo (Santiago del Estero). This same zeal took him as well to the Argentine television and appeared in its principal programs: Grandes Valores del Tango, La Botica del Tango, among others.

His repertoire is wide, varied, demanding and of an unchanging quality. Among the over 300 numbers he has recorded, these are standouts: “De igual a igual”, “Gólgota”; “Copa de ajenjo”, “Cicatrices”, “Desorientado”, “De gorrión a gorrión”, “Pecado” (bolero on a tango beat), “Canción de rango (Pa' que se callen)”, “Todo te nombra”, “Un tango y nada más” and “Un tal Caín”, written by Discépolo and Homero Expósito.

Contribution of: Ana María Vázquez and Armando Caro Figueroa.