DDPs Favorite Tandas:

Fresedo: Early Vocals with Roberto Ray

Araca la cana (1933)
En la huella del dolor (1934)
Niebla del Riachuelo (1937)
Sollozos (1937)

Osvaldo Fresedo directed an orchestra that incorporated harps, vibraphones, and even drums. In the late 1920s they were the favorites of upper class salons in Buenos Aires.
His signature sound is sweet and mellifluous—some may find it cloying, but I find it charming. Roberto Ray is his classic vocalist of the 1930s. The two opening songs put more emphasis on the beat than the latter two, which move into very light, romantic territory, though as with many tangos the lyrics are mournful.


About Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.



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