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Tango figure Osvaldo Montes dies at 80

Osvaldo Montes plays the bandoneon during a show.

Bandoneonist Osvaldo “Marine-ro” Montes, a key figure in the orchestras of Horacio Salgán, Atilio Stampone, Enrique Mario Franchini, Mariano Mores and Leopoldo Federico died on Friday. He was 80.

Born in Rosario on January 8, 1934, his name is associated with one of the most famous duos in the history of tango: the one formed by Aníbal Arias and himself.

Montes had his artistic debut when he was 13 in Raúl Bianchi’s orchestra. With this ensamble, he played a dozen years, winning recognition in the musical scene.

In 1955 he debuted in Buenos Aires as part of Miguel Nijenson’s orchestra — two years later he started his solo career.

Montes also participated in several other orchestras, including the ones by Enrique Mario Francini, Armando Lacava, Miguel Caló, Ángel Domínguez and Enrique Alessio, also joining singers Alberto Marino and Siro San Román, among others.

But perhaps his biggest accomplishment are the two records he did along with late Aníbal Árias: Juntos por el tango (1997) and Bien tanguero (2007).

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