The Tango in the United States: A History

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McFarland, 2018 M01 16 - 239 páginas
In the earliest years of the 20th century, North American ballroom dancers favored the waltz or the polka. But then a new dance, the tango, broke onto the scene when Vernon and Irene Castle performed it in a Broadway musical. Rudolph Valentino, Arthur Murray, and Xavier Cugat popularized it in the 1920s and 1930s, and thousands of people crowded onto dance floors around the country to hear the music and dance the tango. This work chronicles the history of the tango in the United States, from its antecedents in Argentina, Paris and London to the present day. It covers the dancers, musicians, and composers, and the tango's influence on American music.
 

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Acknowledgments
1
Antecedents of the Tango in the United States
5
Some Historic Facts
14
Argentineans in New York
23
New York Tango Venues
28
The Pros and Cons
33
The Rise of the Castles
41
The Key to Change
53
The Arthur Murray Studios
107
Canaro Already Had His Orchestra
112
Xavier Cugat Tango Rumba and Chihuahuas
118
Carlos Gardel Enters the Arena
128
More Argentineans in New York
137
The Return of Juan Carlos Cobian
150
World War II and Later
156
The Big Surprises
171

The Tangos Influence on Other Popular Music
59
Music with the Scent of Tango
68
Tango Valentino
75
The Orquesta Tipica Select
92
Pianist and Don Juan
98
The Compact Disk Revolution
190
Final Considerations
205
Index
219
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Carlos C. Groppa is the editor of Tango Reporter, a member of the Academia Porteña del Lunfardo of Argentina, and a recipient of the Carlos Gardel Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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