Carlos Gardel & his eight Guitarists
his career, Gardel had eight guitarists. In 1912, Francisco
Martino (1884-1938) joined him and Saúl Salinas
(1882-1921) in 1913. By the end of 1913,
both of them quit. In 1915, Jose Ricardo, the concert guitarist,
joined the duet, seconding Gardel. Other guitarists (below)
played for them in the later years.
to be noted that of the last six guitarists
who worked with Gardel, none of
them arrived at the Biblical 70 years of age. Two of them, Guillermo
Desiderio Barbieri (39) and Ángel
Domingo Riverol (43), died with Gardel in Medellin in 1935. José
(Negro) Ricardo, (who split up with
Gardel in 1929), died on May 2,1937 on the passenger ship
"Massilia" at the age of 49. José
Maria Aguilar, after the
Medellin disaster, never fully recovered the use of his hands and eyes.
On Dec. 21, 1951, at the age of 60, coming out of a pool hall, he was run over by
a car. Domingo Julio Vivas continued working as a guitarist until 1952,
when he died as a result of a post-operative complication. He was 57. Horacio
Pettorossi lived the longest. He died in Mar del Plata on Christmas
day of 1960 at age 64. With his death, there was no-one
left who had performed with Gardel live since
José Razzano (1887-1960) had passed away
earlier that year (age 73). It is to be noted that another gutarist, Rafael Iriarte, played guitar for Gardel's Barcelona recordings. Iriarte knew Gardel since 1907. You can read more about Gardel's
and Gardel's guitarists - Barbieri is interviewed by "Revista Cancionera" Montevideo, 1933 (in Spanish).
It might intrest you to know that the following Gardel songs include the "grave" voice of José Maria Aguilar. Tangos: Dos en uno, Fierro Chifle and Ché Bartolo. Pasodobles: Trianera and Las flores de tu balcón. Source: La Historia del Tango Vol. 9 Carlos Gardel, p. 1490.
will enjoy this rare 1928 guitar rendition of "La
Cumparsita" by José Ricardo, Guillermo Barbieri
and José María Aguilar (no Gardel).
de julio" also by by José Ricardo, Guillermo
Barbieri and José María Aguilar (no Gardel).
Gardel with Riverol, Vivas
and Barbieri - 1930
Gardel with Angel Riverol,
Julio E. Vivas and Guilliermo Barbieri in 1930
Gardel and his guitarists in 1933.
From left to right:
Angel Domingo Riverol, Guillermo Barbieri and Julio Vivas.
Historical photo by Florencio Napoli on
Oct. 6, 1933 at CX16 Radio Carve, Montevideo.
He was accompanied by his four guitarists: Barbieri, Pettorossi, Riverol and
although only we can only see Riverol and Pettorossi.
Gardel with his
trademark guitar which can be identified by its star-engraved hole.
(Maschio was the owner of a big
Stud farm. He also owned a Stud Club, where Gardel, who as a horse owner
and race track regular, would entertain and be entertained on many an
He bought all of his guitars in a shop in Buenos Aires.
New York, June 17, 1934.
Vivas (front), Barbieri
and Aguilar during the fatal year 1935.
Gardel and his guitarrists, New York, March 1935.
guitars belonged to
and José Razzano.
The one on the right with a star
enclosed hole belonged to Gardel.
These guitars were a
from the Casa Bréyer
in Buenos Aires.
This piano store functions
to this day.
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