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A Partir de Manana
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Alberto Cortez (1940 to 2019) was an Argentine singer/songwriter. Jose Alberto Garcia Gallo was born on March 11th 1940 in Rancul, La Pampa, Argentina. He began elementary school in the Alberto Williams conservatory at the age of six, and started composing songs when he was twelve (this included a number called "Un Cigarrillo, la Lluvia y Tu"). Later on, he entered the Manuel Ignacio Molina de San Rafael Junior High School in Mendoza province, after which he continued his music studies at the San Rafael Chopin conservatory. At seventeen, Cortez joined the Arizona orchestra as their singer, but using the nom-de-plume 'Chiquito Garcia', and the year after went to study at the Social Sciences and Law School of Buenos Aires (he also sang in bars to support himself while studying). After a period singing with the 'Mario Cardi Orchestra', he was contracted as the vocalist for the 'San Francisco Jazz Orchestra'. He travelled all over the country with the latter ensemble, and while singing with the orchestra of Armando Pointier began to use his later pseudonym 'Alberto Cortez'. He then decided to drop out of his other education studies and instead dedicate himself fully to music. At the age of twenty, he travelled to Antwerp, Belgium, to record his debut four-song EP called "El Vagabundo" - one of the tracks, "Sucu Sucu", reached No. 1 when released as a single the following year. After meeting fellow singer Renee Govaerts, Cortez later married her and they both moved to live in Madrid, Spain. After his disjointed start, he managed to consolidate his talent as one of the most renowned singer/songwriters to come out of Latin America, and became famous for hits like "Mi Arbol y Yo", "Mariana", "Como el Primer Dia", "A Partir de Manana" (featured here) and "Callejero". Other artists who recorded his songs included the Puerto Rican Tito Rodriguez and the Venezuelans Mirla Castellanos, Jose Luis Rodriguez and Humberto Zarraga, as well as the Dominican Billo Frometa. Alberto Cortez died from a gastric haemorrhage in Madrid on April 4th 2019, aged 79. He leaves his wife Renee. [ Translated from: http://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/04/actualidad/1554385488_763894.html ]
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Cortez - http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Cortez
Posted: 8th May 2019
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