Oscar Alemán in Europe - 1959: part two
Thanks to an interesting thesis by Vicent Lluís Fontelles Rodríguez, written in the local valenciano language, entitled Jazz a la ciutat de Valencia - subtitled Orígens i desenvolupament fins a les acaballes del 1981 (translated in Spanish by Gustavo Lecha and in English by Luis Contijoch) I could reconstruct parts of this rather unsuccessful tour.
Oscar Alemán in Europe 1959 - part one (English) | Oscar Alemán in Europe 1959 - part two (English) | Oscar Alemán bezoekt Europa 1959: deel 1 (Nederlands) | Oscar Alemán bezoekt Europa 1959: deel 2 (Nederlands)
In the summer of 1959 they performed in Madrid during the month of July and the first days of August, announced as una Orquestra de Baile, a dance orchestra. One of the first gigs was at the Llaca Club theater, in a program billed as a Gran Gala Argentina,
It featured the Argentine vocalist Elder Barber. Other artist to be present to perform in the Llaca Club garden were Edmundo Rivero, a popular Argentine tango singer, Charlo y Sabina - a tango vocal duo, Fernando Montenegro, an actress and Ovidio Juarez, a vocalist in the Paraguayan Gaurani tradition ...., trovador de la canción Guarani. Oscar Alemán and Elder Barber were billed as Los Magnificos Artistas Argentinos ... El Mago de la guitarra électrica famoso en el mundo entero .... The concert, which was billed as the Gran Gala Argentina was broadcasted by the Spanish TVE ( La Televisión Española).
The concert was a success, according to the newspapers. It praised the inigualable ritmo de Oscar Alemán y su orquesta de Jazz Argentina.
It is a bit strange that Oscar and his band was announced for the 4th of August, to play at the Madrid Florida Park Ballroom, because, as was said before, he was scheduled in Valencia at the En pos de la fama that same day. The Madrid ABC newspaper of the 5th of August doesn't mention the Madrid concert, so the announcement of the previous edition might have been a misprint. But it might have been that Oscar had accepted this invitation, as bad weather forecasts for Valencia might have cancelled the concert at forehand. It wasn't and Oscar had to play, although the program was canceled due to motivos meteorológicos .... half way the concert.
On the 4th of August 1959 Oscar had to play at the radio program En pos de la Fama, which was scheduled at the Plaza de Toros de Valencia, the cities bullring where more then 12,000 people could follow the bullfights in the open air.
Oscar played with his band the next day, Thursday the 6th of August, 1959, at the Plaza de Toros arena and it is said that Oscar didn't like to play at this large open air stadium, forced to play the same repertoire as the day before .....
The 1959 European tour scheduled concerts in Spain, Switzerland and Portugal, but after a few weeks of most disappointing concerts, the members of his orchestra didn't want to finish the tour ..... and maybe Oscar's habits may have been reasons for the band members to leave Spain ...... As far as I know they even didn't play in Switzerland nor Portugal. Oscar Alemán, who had met the beautiful Maria Teresa Benito Beranco, left for Argentina too, disillusioned of course, soon followed by his new girl friend, who married Oscar in 1962. His career as a star, even in Argentina had finished and Oscar made a living as a guitar teacher, hidden for his fans ....
Thanks to Gustavo Lecha and Luis Contijoch for their kind support.
Deze bijdrage wordt in het Nederlands gepubliceerd in de Keep (it) Swinging blog als Oscar Aleman in bezoekt Europa - 1959: deel 2
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