MI NOCHE TRISTE

Latest update on 20/06/2002

Artist: Pascual Contursi
Author: Pascual Contursi/Samuel Castriota
Year: 1916

In cabaret Moulin Rouge in Montevideo. The first sentimental tango with a vocal story line (Tango canción). Contursi wrote new words to an existing Castriota tango (Lita), which was routine. Lyrics in Lunfardo, the street lingo of BsAs.

Covers:

1917:

Carlos Gardel [first recording (Odeon Nacional) with guitarist José Ricardo]

1960s:

Astor Piazzolla

1992:

Luis Segura

1997:

Hugo Diaz

1998:

Hector Guillen

Pascual Contursi cowrote La Cumparsita (see there). In the early thirties Cuban singer Principe Cubano (real name: Angel Sanchez Carenno) sued both writers for copying music and words of his own composition Rosa, a song he was rewarded for in Paris in 1914.

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