Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Nelly Omar born 10 September 1911

Nelly Omar (10 September 1911 – 20 December 2013), was an Argentine actress and singer during the Golden Age of Argentine Cinema. She was successful as a tango singer, performing on numerous radio shows and performed canción criolla. She was blacklisted after the ouster of Juan Perón for having sung his anthem and did not work again until the 1970s. From her comeback in 1972, she remained an active performer until her death.

Omar was born Nilda Elvira Vattuone in Bonifacio a small town in the Guaminí subdivision of, Buenos Aires on 10 September 1911.She was the sister of tango singer Nélida, who took the scene name of Nilda Omar, in an interchange of their names. Her father died while she was quite young and the family moved to Buenos Aires, for better work prospects. Nelly began working in a textile factory at age 12. From the age of 13, she dreamed of becoming a pilot and went to flight school. It was there that she met Eva Duarte, who also had aspirations of becoming an aviator.

In 1924, Omar began singing tango professionally. Ignacio Corsini gave her a big break into singing when he heard her and hired her for his radio shows. She sang with the ensemble Cenizas del fogón under the direction of José Luis Suilas.
Between 1932 and 1933, Radio Stentor broadcast duets of Omar and her sister. When she was hired by Radio Belgrano she worked with some of the most famous tango poets, Enrique Cadícamo and Homero Manzi, as well as some of the most famous singers then working, Libertad Lamarque and Agustín Magaldi. Homero Manzi wrote at least three tangos for Omar: Solamente ella, Ninguna and Sur. She had a clear voice with firm phrasing and reached the height of her fame in the 1940s and 1950s.. She also performed in the canción criolla genre, which had been all but forgotten.


In 1946, Omar recorded her first album, accompanied by Francisco Canaro’s orchestra, on the Odeón label. In 1951 she was signed by RCA Victor, and recorded a 78 rpm album with Domingo Farafiotti’s orchestra. In 1955, she travelled to Montevideo, Uruguay and appeared in a stage production and then 

moved to Venezuela for a year, before returning to Argentina. She retired from singing upon her return until her comeback in 1972.

In 1945, Omar sang an anthem, a milonga, Soy La Descamisada, which was created for the political campaign of Juan Perón. She wholeheartedly supported Perón and when he was ousted in 1955, she was blacklisted from the entertainment industry for 17 years. She made only three films prior to 1955, including Canto de amor (1940), directed by Julio Irigoyen, which also starred the singer Carlos Viván. It is believed that all copies of the film were destroyed; however, the Argentine film archives has photographs taken during filming.
Her film career began in 1940. In 1942, she filmed Melodías de América with Eduardo Morera. Though she is not listed in the cast roster, she is documented in a cast photo of the film. In 1951, she dubbed the singing voice of Mecha Ortiz in the film Mi vida por la tuya. She would not make another film for 57 years, but in 2008, she worked on a documentary about tango entitled Café de los maestros under the direction of Miguel Kohan.

In 1972, she staged a singing comeback accompanied by guitarist José Canet, who convinced her to come out of retirement. They did a series of concerts and she began releasing records, appearing regularly on stage. She also wrote two books. In 1986, she was declared Honorary Citizen of the City of Buenos Aires and received the award for Great Performer from the Society of Authors and Composers.

In 2011, Nelly appeared in public for the last time in a sold-out and overcrowded Luna Park Stadium (a typical mega-concert stadium in Buenos Aires).

She died of cardiac arrest on 20 December 2013, aged 102, in her native Buenos Aires. Nelly’s death not only implied a last reference to the Golden Age of Argentine Tango but also for one of the last folklore and popular culture standard-bearers.

(Edited from Wikipedia)


boppinbob said...

For two of the many albums by Nelly Omar –
“La Cumparsita” & “Misterio y Cancion” go here:


La cumparsita

1 Tango brujo
2 La pulpera de Santa Lucia
3 Sur
4 La cumparsita
5 Volvio una noche
6 Che bandoneon
7 Criollita de mis amores
8 La mariposa
9 Silencio
10 Yo no se porque te quiero
11 Volver
12 Barrio de tango

Misterio y Cancion

1 La Guitarrita
2 Sigo Queriendote Igual
3 Corazon De Oro
4 Santa Milonguita
5 El Estrellero
6 Misterio Y Cancion
7 Tapera
8 Campo Afuera
9 Derecho Viejo
10 Para Un Adios
11 Casualidad Y Amor
12 Las Cuatro Respuestas

A big thank you to El tango Y Sus Invitados blog for original posts.

bluesrock42 said...

graciass!!! 2 tremendos discos de la gardel con polleraS GRACIASS!! DESDE ARGENTINAA!!!

bluesrock42 said...

NELLY OMAR nombre artistico!!! nombre real : Nilda Elvira Vattuone

Tilo said...

Agradezco este artículo dedicado a la gran cantante Nelly Omar. Su estilo único e irrepetible la ubica en un lugar singular de la música argentina.

Nelly Omar concretó el 11 de noviembre de 2011 en el estadio Luna Park una de las últimas grandes travesuras de su notable y consecuente trayectoria al festejar sus 100 años de vida con un celebrado recital, el espectáculo "100 Años de Vida y de Canto", donde estuvo acompañada por las guitarras de Carlos Juárez y en el que la edad no le impidió una entrega notable: más de una hora neta de concierto y 13 temas, en los que logró recrear con enorme oficio los climas de sus mejores momentos.

Gracias, nuevamente, por esta publicación.

boppinbob said...

Agradezco a bluesrock42 y Tito por sus comentarios. Muy apreciado.