Ricardo García Blaya

his singer, with a finesse of phrasing and solid resources, was a precocious interpreter of our city music. The quality and the extensive range of his voice, tempted him, when he was very young, to try with other rhythms. But this made that tango fans criticized him. Today, fully recovered for tango, he is one of the main stars of the Buenos Aires billboard.

He was born in Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of San Telmo, and since an early age he became a recognized figure. He made his debut in 1963, on TV Channel 7, as member of an infantile choir. Later, in Roberto Galán's TV program, in 1967.

That same year, he was in the remembered entertainment TV show, La Feria de la Alegría (The Fair of Happiness), emceed by Juan Carlos De Seta, Brizuela Méndez and Colomba. Two years later, he joined the cast of Grandes Valores del Tango, directed by Juan Carlos Thorry and with the special participation of Tito Lusiardo. And, from that moment on, an ascending career has begun, and he appeared on the most important venues in our country, and also abroad.

He performed in the mythical Caño 14, accompanied by Atilio Stampone, where they were also Aníbal Troilo, Roberto Goyeneche and the great dancer Juan Carlos Copes.

Between 1976 and 1988, he recorded six tango discs for different labels: Zero, Parnasso, Diapasón. His first hits belong to that time: the waltzes “El trovero” and “Frente a la facultad”, the milonga “Yo soy de San Telmo”, with words by Félix Luna and the tangos “Una piba como vos” and “Mi otoño sin tu amor” that he composed, with lyrics by Eduardo Trufa.

In the mid- eighties his career had an upward impulse. In 1986 he traveled to the United States and, in New York, he polished his interpretive technique with the best teachers. He won a contest on television, in the cycle Star Search, for the popular CBS TV chain. On that occasion, he sang a personal rendition of the tango “Nostalgias”, in English. In 1988 he traveled to Las Vegas hired as main character for a musical comedy, Latin Quarter. He was recognized by the press as the best singer of musicals of the season.

By that time he devoted himself to the production of records and soundtracks for movies. He produced two songs along with the noted composer Roberto Livi and he was hired by Sony Music to cut two records. Because of that, between 1992 and 1994, he was awarded two platinum and three gold discs, in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile. Furthermore he also reached the top places in the Billboard Latin Chart of the United States.

He carried out four successful tours of Japan, accompanied by José Colángelo's orchestra. He worked for two seasons along with Mariano Mores and he traveled throughout Latin America with his songs.

He celebrated his thirty years in the music business with a TV show alongside his colleagues: Jairo, Adriana Varela and Raúl Lavié.

His penultimate recording work, the eighth of his career and which he himself produced —under his own musical direction and arrangements—, was awarded the Gardel a la Música 2002, the top prize of the Argentine recording industry to the best tango album.

In 2002 he was starred in Alejandro Dolina's opereta criolla, Lo que me costó el amor de Laura, at the Teatro Avenida and at the new Teatro Argentino de La Plata. The cast also included Julia Zenko and the group Los Huanca Huá. Some time later, the operetta El romance del Romeo y la Julieta, written by Julio Tahier. An original musical that narrates the Shakespeare’s text with tangos.

In 2002 he made a tour of France with Piazzolla's and Ferrer's play, María de Buenos Aires, ending the tour with two concerts at the Palais Chaillot Theater, in Paris.

As for movies, he appeared in the motion picture directed by Fernando Siro: La Canción de Buenos Aires, premiered on February 28, 1998, alongside the actor Ricardo Darín and the singer Manuela Bravo.

For his last recording he had the background of a symphonic orchestra for his interpretations of songs composed by Astor Piazzolla with words of his friend, the poet Horacio Ferrer.