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Orquesta Típica Miguel Caló

his bandoneon player who soon stopped playing his instrument to become an orchestra leader had a long career. His decision evidenced his professional seriousness because he realized that other players were better instrumentalists than he was. Throughout his extensive career for forty years he went to the recording studios to cut around 366 renditions. Some numbers were recorded twice or three times with different singers.

1928. First lineup: Armando Baliotti, later Orlando Goñi (piano); Rodolfo Duclós (double bass); Miguel Caló and later his brother Juan Caló (bandoneon); Domingo Varela Conte, Carlos Campanone and, therebefore, Raúl Kaplún (violins)

1930. Luis Brighenti (piano); Enzo Ricci (double bass); Miguel Caló, Domingo Cuestas and later Calixto Sallago (bandoneons); Raúl Kaplún, Hugo Gutiérrez —later soloist singer— and later Enrique Orestes Valtri (violines)

1932. He succeeded in recording for the short-lived Splendid label with the tango “Milonga porteña” and the waltz “Amarguras”, both sung by Román Prince.

1934/1937. Miguel Nijensohn, Horacio Salgán —1935— Osvaldo Pugliese —1936— and Héctor Stamponi —1937— (pianists); Alfredo Sciarretta (double bass); Calixto Sallago, Américo Caggiano and Domingo Cuestas (bandoneons); Raúl Kaplún, Pedro Sapochnik, Pedro Pandolfi and Orestes Zungri (violins).

1938. Héctor Stamponi (piano); Armando Caló and later Antonio Caló (double bass); Miguel Caló, Armando Pontier, Santiago Coppola, José Cambareri —firstly replaced by Alberto San Miguel and later by Antonio Ríos— (bandoneons); Raúl Kaplún, Enrique Francini, Leo Lipesker and Alfredo Bigeschi (violins).

In 1939 he quit bandoneon playing and took the conductor's baton.

1940. Osmar Maderna (piano); Ariel Pedernera (double bass); Domingo Federico, Armando Pontier, José Cambareri and Felipe Ricciardi (bandoneons); Enrique Francini, Aquiles Aguilar, Ariol Gessaghi and Ángel Bodas (violins). It is the start of the aggregation that quite soon will be remembered as La Orquesta de las Estrellas (The All-Star Orchestra).

1944. Osmar Maderna (piano); Armando Caló (double bass); Armando Pontier, Eduardo Rovira, José Cambareri -brother of the virtuoso Juan Cambareri-, Carlos Lazzari, Felipe Ricciardi (bandoneons) Enrique Francini, Aquiles Aguilar, Ariol Gessaghi y Ángel Bodas (violins)and Mario Lalli (viola).

1946. Miguel Nijensohn (piano); Juan Fasio (double bass); Julián Plaza, Atilio Corral, Eliseo Marchesse, José Appendino, (bandoneons); Alberto Besprovan, Antonio Rodio, Simón Broitman, Gerardo Balinotti —later as substitutes— Julián Ortiz, Nito Farace and Manuel Goldfeder (violins); Emilio Paiva (cello).

1950. Miguel Nijensohn (piano); Juan Fasio (double bass); Julián Plaza, Atilio Corral, Rodolfo Nerone, José Appendino and Eliseo Marchesse (bandoneons); Gerardo Balinotti, Julián Ortiz, Manuel Goldfeder and Nito Farace (violins); Emilio Paiva (cello).

1955. Miguel Nijensohn (piano); Enrique Marchetto (double bass); Julián Plaza, Luis Rodríguez, Héctor Coralli, Víctor Lavallén (bandoneons); Aquiles Aguilar, José Votti, Julio Graña and Pedro Sapochnik (violins).

1956. Miguel Nijenshon the following year was replaced by Orlando Trípodi (piano); Alfredo Sciarreta (double bass); Víctor Lavallén, Osvaldo Rizzo, Luis Rodríguez and Carmelo Gentiluomo (bandoneons); Simón Bajour, Pedro Sapochnik, Julián Ortiz, Carlos Garnero —later Fernando Suárez Paz— (violins).

1963. Orlando Trípodi (piano); Mario Monteleone (double bass); Domingo Federico, Armando Pontier, Tomás Giannini, Osvaldo Rizzo and Héctor Coralli (bandoneons); Enrique Francini, Hugo Baralis, Fernando Suárez Paz, Luis Cantafio and Samuel Milo Dojman —later Aquiles Roggero— (violins).

1966. Orlando Trípodi (piano); Enrique Marchetto (double bass); José Libertella, Lito Gentiluomo, Felipe Ricciardi, José Ricciardi —later Tomás Giannini— (bandoneons); Aquiles Roggero, Fernando Suárez Paz, Alberto del Bagno, Mauricio Marcelli, Raúl Domínguez and Pedro Aguilar (violins).

In the following years of that decade, Los Tres Ases del Tango trio went out on tour: Miguel Caló, Raúl Del Mar (singer) and Héctor Gagliardi (reciter). There is not clear if in Colombia or Peru they recorded a long-playing record for the Virrey label, Nº 856, with 12 numbers: “Percal”, “Melodía de arrabal”, “Nada”, “La última copa”, “Malena”, “Que falta que me hacés”, “Al compás del corazón (Late un corazón)”, “Lo han visto con otra”, “A media luz”, “Mano a mano”, “Dónde estás corazón” and “Adiós muchachos”.

1972. Year of the last lineup of the orchestra due to the death of its leader on May 24. Orlando Trípodi (piano); Juan Carlos Vallejos (double bass); Tomás Giannini, Oscar Bassil, Héctor Lettera and Santos Maggi (bandoneons); Aquiles Roggero, Aquiles Aguilar, José Amatriain, Pedro Aguilar and Osvaldo Rodríguez (violins).

For occasional replacements, also appeared, without information about dates: Salvador Caló, Normando Lazara, José Levi, Francisco Troppoli and Jorge Vernieri (pianists).

Julio Ahumada, Eduardo Cortti, Mario Demarco, Leopoldo Federico, Ernesto Franco, César Ginzo, Raúl Girou, Horacio Perri, Mario Montagna, Osvaldo Montes, Joaquín Mora, Máximo Mori, Miguel Ángel Nicosia, Julio Pane, Astor Piazzolla and Ismael Spitalnik (bandoneon players).

Francisco De Lorenzo, Juan Pecci, Tomás Rovati, Mario Sciarretta (double bass players).

Luis Piersantelli, Mario Abramovich, Enri Balestro, Víctor Braña, José Cattanzaro, Alberto del Mónaco, Raúl Garcés (also singer), Nathan Melman, José Nieso, Mario Grossi (violinists).

There were many vocalists that passed through the ranks of the orchestra (in alphabetical order): Carlos Almagro, Roberto Arrieta, Carlos Barbé, Raúl Berón, Ricardo Blanco, Roberto Caló, Mario Cané, Luis Correa, Alfredo Dalton, Carlos Dante, Raúl Del Mar, Juan Carlos Fabri, Marga Fontana, Ranko Fujisawa, Raúl Garcés, Lucho Gatica, Raúl Iriarte, Juan Carlos Jordán, Raúl Ledesma, Chola Luna, Roberto Luque, Roberto Mancini, Alberto Marino, Miguel Martino [b], Miguel Montero, Alberto Morel, Jorge Ortiz, Alberto Podestá, Román Prince, Carlos Roldán, Roberto Rufino, Hugo San Luis, Luis Tolosa. Also the so-called Los Trovadores de Perú, the Trío Palacio-Riverol-Cabral and the Trío Los Halcones.