The idea of this website is to give access to (still undiscovered) photos of tango orchestras and singers found in old archive material.
Photographic material of tango music celebrities on the internet is still very scarce and we are working hard to change that.
We collaborate with Tango Time Machine at Tangodecoder.com to make more original material accessible.
Thank you for everything, Michael
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For me, Ricardo Tanturi and Alberto Castillo together form one of the true pillars of the Golden Age of tango: it is a sound perfectly suited for the dance floor and it is music of a wonderful artistic quality. Here … Continue reading
According to the story below, in 1942 the succesful orchestra director Carlos Di Sarli began to give away a part of his yearly income to charity. To be precise: he chose a foundation in Buenos Aires, Patronato de la Infancia, … Continue reading
Usually, photos of tango artists on the internet are portraits that look very posed and not quite natural. Both in music and especially the movie industry, there is a tendency for popular artists to ”show off” with an arrogant look, … Continue reading
In the early 1940s, after being abandoned by his entire orchestra, Juan D’Arienzo had to start all over and define a new ‘sound’ with a completely different group of musicians. Comparing recordings from 1940 and earlier, one cannot help but … Continue reading
Here is a photo of Francisco Canaro with his orchestra and iconic singer Roberto Maida. This combination is responsible for arguably some of the best tango dance songs out there, right from the heart of the Golden Age of tango, … Continue reading
According to legend, Ángel D’Agostino was an actual tango dancer and prided himself on making tango music for dancers. This picture shows him at least in a tango pose and with a woman in his arms, while singer Ángel Vargas … Continue reading
Alberto Castillo is famous for having been both a wildly popular singer and a gynaecologist, perhaps not the best combination for any serious medical practice, and indeed, he had to quit his job in the hospital because, typically, girls started … Continue reading
This picture shows Carlos Di Sarli, who was not only leading an orchestra but also composing music, collaborating with the lyricist Homero Manzi, one of the leading figures of tango poetry and co-author of many important dance tracks in the … Continue reading
1943 was an important year for Osvaldo Pugliese: after several years, he finally started recording (meaning we miss out on a lot of interesting material) and he hired Roberto Chanel, perhaps his most emblematic singer, who soon scored a big … Continue reading