This Friday, August 19, Sandro would be 77 years old. And it is worth remembering here an anecdote of the millionaire Aristotle Onassis that has a certain relationship with the note that follows.
Once, during a report in the lobby of a famous Parisian hotel, the Greek tycoon was asked what was the secret of his success. Onassis looked away from the reporter and pointed to the side: – Do you see that lamp over there? (the journalist turned around) – Yes.
– Well, I saw her first…
This small but true anecdote generally applies to visionaries, no matter what field they work in. And Roberto Sánchez, Sandro, was no exception. Impulsive, obsessive, perfectionist and tireless worker, he got up after noon and went to bed when dawn was breaking. El Gitano’s musical work is well known and his records have sold millions of copies throughout the continent.
Sandro liked to sing songs by other authors.
But beyond the twenty hymns that we all remember, he recorded a handful of songs that in many cases obeyed his own musical taste.
Rock, beat music, tango, boleros and folklore were genres that appeared mixed on several of his albums or sung live, showing that he was one of the first to do crossovers (crossing of varied musical styles) before anyone else and in a natural way. Today we review some of those songs that he loved to sing and that not everyone knows.
From Bob Dylan to Gardel
Blowin’ in the wind. Released by CBS on the EP soul and fire from 1966 and included as a bonus track on the reissue of the self-titled album from 1997 and 2004.
Absolutely free version, to say the least, of Bob Dylan’s classic. It was never known for sure if the Spanish version was Sandro’s own or instead belonged to the quirky record entrepreneur and producer known as Ben Molar (Moisés Smolarchik Brenner), who at that time was in charge of literally and literarily destroying The Beatles’ lyrics. passing them into Spanish.
The truth is that Sandro covered Dylan at a time when, at least in Argentina, those who knew him were some musicians from La Cueva (Moris, Javier Martínez, Pajarito Zaguri) and the few hippies who hung around Plaza San Martín.
In a part of Blowing in the wind Sandro sings: There are those who spend money on pleasure/ And there are those who can’t eat/ Sick children who want to play/ And they’re in wheelchairs/ No more talking /Because it’s the same/ That the wind blows.
Until now Bob Dylan did not comment on it.
Sandro, in his show “The man with the rose”.
his eyes closed (included in Sandro Spectacularfrom 1971).
One of several songs chosen from the repertoire of another of his idols: Carlos Gardel. Sandro’s fanaticism for Morocho del Abasto was reflected at different times, with different songs chosen by Banfield’s idol.
In the film Young guy (Leo Fleider, 1970) when his grandmother’s character, La Capitana (a priceless Olinda Bozán) dies in his arms, he sings to her poor my dear mother.
Sandro also performed live The day you Love Me. He did it in August 1994 during the reopening of the Maipo Theater. Eleonora Cassano and Julio Bocca danced to the beat of his live version of that tango and Sandro later included it in his show “El hombre de la rosa” in 2001.
distant land of mine appears in another of his films: Fate of a whim (Leo Fleider, 1972). In the 70s a version circulated that said that Sandro had acquired one of the guitars belonging to José María Aguilar, one of Carlos Gardel’s guitarists. But the authenticity of that instrument was never reliably verified.
Venezuelan folklore and tango
Old horseby Sandro and Los Tucu Tucu.
Only once did Sandro sing this classic which was translated into twelve languages, and covered by numerous internationally famous artists and musical ensembles (there are around 300 versions), including Celia Cruz, Julio Iglesias, Juan Gabriel, Celso Piña, Raphael, Rubén Blades, Tania Libertad, Armando Manzanero, Ry Cooder, Plácido Domingo, Horacio Guarany, Joan Manuel Serrat and the Gipsy Kings.
Old horse is a popular Venezuelan song, with lyrics and music by Simón Díaz recorded in 1980 and Sandro sang it on his television program Dear Sandrowhich debuted on Channel 13 on Thursday, August 2 at nine at night.
Passionaltango by Jorge Caldara and Mario Soto.
Sandro made a live version of this tango for his show “Gracias… 35 años de amores y pasiones”, he sang it in public for the first time on September 18, 1998 at the debut in Rosario and he dedicated it to his idols, Alberto Morán and Osvaldo Pugliese.
According to the book sandro from america, by the journalist and authorized biographer Graciela Guiñazú, Sandro recounted: “I started going to Bar Pancho when I was ten years old, because I had an impressive premature development and seemed fourteen or fifteen. On the upper floors of the café lived Alberto Morán, a great tango singer. He was my teacher, I always say that he was the first idol with so much drag with women, I was still a boy, he was 12 or 13 years old, and we would go to dance where the Pugliese orchestra played ”.
Passional It is a tango created in 1951 whose lyrics belong to the lyricist and composer Mario Soto while the music is by the bandoneonist, conductor and composer Jorge Caldara, and was recorded by different orchestras. A Sandro was always passionate about tango.
Maria Elena Walsh and The Animals
Like the cicada.
There is on YouTube this a cappella and live version of the song by María Elena Walsh sung by Sandro together with Mercedes Sosa. The song appeared for the first time on the album of the same name that Walsh released in 1973. Sandro sang it as the opening of his show “Historia viva” in 1996, while Mercedes had recorded it on the album Serenade for the land of onefrom 1979.
The meeting of these two legends of our music took place on October 5, 2006, when Roberto Sánchez presented the album of poems: SSecretly words of love (To listen in Penumbras…)which was to be the last of his career.
In the Jorge Luis Borges Room of the National Library, Sandro received a surprise visit from Mercedes Sosa. She presented him with the Platinum Disc for the sales of the album; him a huge bouquet of flowers. Together they sang a cappella like the cicada (a song that meant a lot to both of them) and the zamba To the garden of the Republic.
House of the Rising Sun. (EP and album In the heat of Sandro and Los de Fuegofrom 1965)
A famous American anonymous rural theme whose origins date back to the 16th century and that the British group Animals made his own in 1964.
There are countless versions of this song, including those of Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Dolly Parton and even of the White Stripes. Sandro decided to include a Spanish version on his 1965 album In the heat of Sandro and Los de Fuegorecorded between January and June of that year, which in no way respects the original lyrics, again for example by Ben Molar.
A curiosity is that in this topic Sandro plays the organwhich although (unlike the version by Eric Burdon and The Animals) is not a leading instrument here, it does so in a very dignified way.
solid gold bracelet. Sandro and Jairo (from Jairo’s album the railway2004).
A rock and roll in the best Bo Diddley style, with the leading role of the tom tones of the drums, whose music belongs to Jairo, while the lyrics are by Daniel Salzano. The keyboards are in charge of Lito Vitale.
Sandro and Jairo met at the Canal 13 television studios in the early 1960s and an eternal friendship was born between them. The song starts with Sandro laughing and the lyrics show him as a true rocker driving a vintage Impala car.
Beatles and Frank Sinatra
Love me (Love me do)included in the EP SAndro and the Fire Onesfrom 1964 and also in Introducing Sandroof 1997.
Almost always identified (at least initially) with Elvis Presleythis journalist was curious rummaging through Sandro’s personal discotheque, discovering that in truth the author of Pink rose (with Oscar Anderle) I had more Beatles records than Elvis records..
Sandro’s fanaticism for Los Cuatro de Liverpool was reflected in an abundant handful of versions that the Gitano distributed on his albums between 1964 and 1966: I’ll get you, A world without love” (World without love), Nightfall of a hectic day (A Hard Days Night), Little child (all of them in Sandro and the Fire1965).
Plus: Money can’t buy me love (Can’t buy me love) (single 1964). She’s a woman (She’s a woman), Ticket to Ride, From my window (From a window), I’ll follow the sun (all in the album In the heat of Sandro and Los de Fuego1965). We can work it out) (single 1966). Nowhere man (EP 1966).
He also made an impossible version of let it be live singing in an English that Tarzan himself would hardly understand (on September 5, 1971, in the recital “La super noche” on Canal11, according to Mabel Armentía, one of Sandro’s historical “Nenas”).
Mary Janes(of the disk Sandro 1976 and remastered in The usual, the golden years2006 published in the United States).
Sandro was a fan of Argentine folk music and he showed it on many occasions. Mary Janes is a well-known song of coastal music, in the rhythm of chamamé, written and recorded by Ramón Sixto Ríos, from Entre Ríos, in the 1940s.Achieved massive national and international success with the recordings of Ramona Galarza in 1967 and Los Chalchaleros in 1973.
It is a song of unrequited love, considered together with Zamba of my hope as the most famous of folk root music and one of the thirteen most popular popular music in our country. The lyrics have been translated into nine languages and the theme has been covered by more than 90 interpreters from different parts of the world.
Unforgettable. Sandro would be 77 years old on August 19, 2022.
Strangers in the Nightfrom the album Classic1994.
Sandro in crooner style long before Bryan Ferry, George Michael and Rod Stewart did. His version of this song by Ivo Robic adapted by Bert Kaempfert, which was popularized worldwide Frank Sinatra it is simply colossal. The Nelson Riddle-style arrangements enhance the performance and the singer already from the cover (dressed in a tuxedo and a shirt with a bow tie, holding a glass of champagne) pre-announces what we are going to hear. Sophisticated and elegant.
There’s a lot of shaking (Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On). Sandro with Elvis Presley, album “Duetos”.
An unexpected ensemble Sandro would have loved to do in life with El Rey. It couldn’t be, but thanks to technology, Sandro’s voice mixes with Elvis’s, one singing in Spanish and the other in English.
The battle of these two titans is heard on the album duetsproduced by Carlos Dáttoli in 2018. This rock written by the musician Dave Williams in 1955, was made popular worldwide by the explosive pianist Jerry Lee Lewis.
Sandro recorded three different versions of the song. The first in 1963 along with the original formation of Los de Fuego. The second as musical closing of the film I went up I’ll take you (1980, minute 90 of the film) recorded at the Teatro Coliseo, where the musicians who accompany him rip off his clothes and he is dressed in his iconic silver jumpsuit with black rays.
The third is known as “the version with congas”, and features great work by guitarists Ricardo Lew and Herbert Orlando. Curiosity: Sandro originally recorded his version eight years before Elvis did..
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