May 17, 2022 8:13 am

National Musician’s Day in Argentina: the date that honors Luis Alberto Spinetta

The January 23 marks the Musician’s Day in Argentina, date of birth of Luis Alberto Spinetta. Internationally recognized, it was one of the great composers and artists of national rock whose legacy influenced many generations.

It was the Congress of the Argentine Nation that promulgated, through Law No. 27,106, this day as the National Musician’s Day. This initiative seeks celebrate musical art in all its forms, having as a major reference one of the most influential characters in Argentine music.

The life of Luis Alberto Spinetta

He was born on January 23, 1950 in the neighborhood of Núñez. He got an early approach to music thanks to his father, Luis Santiago Spinetta, a tango singer, and her uncles, employees of the Columbia record label.

With these influences he began to compose from a young age, this being one of his greatest artistic qualities. ANDn 1967 he formed the musical group Almendra beside Edelmiro Molinari on guitar and backing vocals, Emilio del Guercio on bass and backing vocals, and Rodolfo García on drums.

In 1969 this band published its first long-playing album: Almendra I, which is considered a historical album of national rock. It contains songs acclaimed by the public such as Girl with paper eyes, Ana does not sleep and Prayer for a sleeping child, among others. In 1970 they launched Almond II, a double album that marked the end of the first stage of the group.

After the separation from Almendra, Spinetta works together with Pappo in a new musical group called Agresivos. Made up of three musicians, this trio had a darker, heavier rock tone.

In 1971 form Rabid Fish with Black Amaya, Osvaldo “Bocón” Frascino and Carlos Cutaia. The band transformed its style with the replacement of Frascino by the renowned David Lebón. Although it was dissolved in 1973, it is today one of the most remembered musical groups in the history of national rock.

Thanks to Spinetta’s songwriting and the original style of their music, the band gained international recognition. His first work was Ten-year-olds, whose songs I like that tajo and The monster of the lagoon would be located within the top 100 of Rolling Stone Magazine and MTV.

The second work of the group was Pescado 2, considered by Rolling Stone magazine as the 19th best album in the history of Argentine rock. In 1973 they released their last album, Artaud, although this was based on mostly solo work by El Flaco.

Spinetta met Patricia Salazar, with whom he was a couple for 25 years and had four children: Dante, Vera, Catarina and Valentino.

In 1985 he published the song I pray for you together with Charly García, with whom he maintained a close friendship. Six years later he released one of his best solo albums, Pelusón of milk, which included the famous song “Continue living without your love”.

He continued his work as a solo artist publishing Silver Sorgo (2001), for the trees (2003), Camalotus (2004) and Pan (2006), among others.

On December 4, 2009, organized the Spinetta y sus Bandas Eternas show, a historic concert at the Vélez Sarsfield stadium, in which he had 31 guest musicians among whom Charly García, Fito Páez, Ricardo Mollo, Juanse and Gustavo Cerati stood out.

In December 2011, he published a letter in which he made his illness public. He passed away on February 8, 2012 from lung cancer.

Spinetta’s legacy stands out for his ability to generate unique stanzas that illustrate feelings, images and memories in an original way. He is remembered as a great man and philosopher by his peers, and as an international musical reference who dedicated his life to creating timeless works.

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