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Carlos Gardel

June 24, 2010 marked the 75th anniversary of the death of Carlos Gardel, an Argentinian film star and one of the most compelling singers I have heard. Like two other favorites of mine, Bessie Smith and Edith Piaf, Gardel sang from the heart. I never understood the words to his songs, I didn't have to. Here is a link that will give you details of Carlos Gardel's life and a sample of his artistry, Por Una Cabeza, a sing he composed for his last film, in 1935.