José Francisco Razzano
(b. Uruguay, 1887-1960)

Jose Razzano met Gardel for the first time in 1911 in a singing match in "El Pelado" café in Buenos Aires. Their friendship begins here and the idea is born to form a duet that will take take place in 1913. Razzano worked with Gardel in a duet and as composer, guitarist and lyricist from 1913-1925, recording their first songs in 1913. Razzano was also Gardel's business manager until 1931. They reunited once more and for the last time on Dec. 31, 1929 and recorded two very successful Zambas: Claveles mendocinos.

Further down, listen to a short recording (29 sec), where Razzano speaks about Gardel.

Photo and signature of Jose Razzano
José Francisco Razzano postcard size photo with his signature in ink (1927?). 
From my Gardel collection.

Saúl Salinas, Jose Razzano y Francisco Martino en 1902.
Foto enviada por: David F. Martín, España.


Habla José Razzano

Les habla José Razzano que fué compañero de Carlos Gardel en el arte y en la vida. Cuando los dos eramos poco mas que muchachos, cuando los dos empezabamos hacernos subir én la rueda del canto criollo, a él lo llamaban Morocho y a mí El Oriental. Nos encontramos en 1911 y empezamos a cantar si.

José Razzano speaks about Gardel
(in Spanish)

This is José Razzano who was the companion of Carlos Gardel in the Art and in Life. When we were litle more than boys, when the two of us started to climb up the ladder of the folk song, they called him Morocho and me, El Oriental. We met in 1911 and started to sing, yes we did.

Links:

Articles from Francisco García Jiménez (Articulos por Francisco García Jiménez, biografo de Gardel:):

Bibliography:
  • CARLOS GARDEL Y SU ÉPOCA, Francisco García Jiménez (1976).
  • Vida de Carlos Gardel. Francisco García Jiménez. Buenos Aires: ag. Crismar, 1951. 316 p.
  • Vida de Carlos Gardel contada por José Razzano. Bs.As. 1946. Francisco García Jiménez.

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