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Mostly known as El Polaco, Argentinean singer Roberto Goyeneche became the archetype of 1950s Buenos Aires' bohemian life, a living myth in the local music scene. It was in 1944, at the age of 18, when the talented troubadour joined Raúl Kaplún's orchestra after winning a local contest, soon, debuting live in a local radio station called Belgrano. In 1952, Roberto Goyeneche teamed up with Horacio Salgán and with Horacio Troilo in 1956, becoming the first one recording Astor Piazzolla's classic "Balada Para Un Loco," after starting his solo career in 1963. During the 1980s, Roberto Goyeneche participated as special guest in the movies El Exilio de Gardel and Sur.
Roberto Goyeneche (Saavedra, Buenos Aires, January 29, 1926 – Buenos Aires, August 27, 1994) was an Argentine tango singer of Basque descent, who epitomized the archetype of 1950s Buenos Aires' bohemian life, and became a living legend in the local music scene.
He was known as El Polaco ("the Pole") due to his blond hair, and thinness, like the Polish immigrants of the time. He is identified with the neighborhood of Saavedra, where he grew up.http://www.euskosare.org/kultura/tango_vascos El tango y los vascos "Ricardo García Blaya about Roberto Goyeneche". Retrieved on Aug 23, 2008. (Spanish) "Garganta Con Arena". Retrieved on Aug 19, 2008.
Roberto Goyeneche was formed in the style of the tango of Carlos Gardel, later reached a more personal style. In 1944, at the age of 18, he joined Raúl Kaplún's orchestra after winning a local contest and soon gave his live debut performance on Radio Belgrano. In 1952 Goyeneche teamed up with Horacio Salgán.
In 1956, he became the singer in the orchestra of his dear friend Aníbal Troilo, with whom he recorded 26 songs. Later, Goyeneche became the first singer to record Ástor Piazzolla's classic Balada Para Un Loco, after starting his solo career in 1963.
During the 1980s, Goyeneche appeared as special guest in the movies El exilio de Gardel and Sur, both directed by Fernando Solanas.
At the time of his death on 27 August 1994 in Buenos Aires, he was considered the greatest tango singer active. As a tribute, an avenue in the neighborhood of Saavedra, in Buenos Aires, is named after him."Roberto Goyeneche in The Internet Movie Database". Retrieved on Aug 23, 2008.