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Homero Manzi

Homero Nicolás Manzione Prestera, better known as Homero Manzi (November 1, 1907 – May 3, 1951) was an Argentinian Argentine tango lyricist, author of various famous tangos.

He was born on November 1 of 1907 in Añatuya (province of Santiago del Estero), Argentina. Manzi was interested in literature and tango since he was young. After a brief incursion in journalism, he worked as a literature and Spanish professor but for political reasons (in addition to his membership in the Unión Cívica Radical) he was expelled from his professorship and decided to dedicate himself to the arts.

In 1935 he participated in the beginnings of FORJA (Fuerza de Orientación Radical de la Joven Argentina – Force of Radical Orientation of the Young in Argentina), group whose position has been classified as “peoples nationalism”. It was centered almost exclusively in the problems in Argentina and Latin America. They manifested to “reconquer the political Sunday from our own land” since it was considered that the country was still in a colonial situation. In relation to the European conflict at the time, it supported a neutral position sustaining that there was no great interest was in play in Argentina or Latin America, it was more of a rejection position towards fascism just as much as communism.

In 1934 Manzi founded Micrófono ("Microphone") magazine which covered subjects related to radio telephony, Argentine movies and film making. He wrote the screenplay for Nobleza Gaucha in 1937 in collaboration with Hugo Mac Dougall, and a new version of the silent movie of 1915, Huella ("Footprint") (1940), for which they received second prize from Buenos Aires City Hall. He also worked in Confesión ("Confession") (1940), without achieving commercial success with any of these movies.

In 1940 Manzi started what would be a long collaboration with Ulyses Petit de Murat, writing the screenplay for Con el dedo en el gatillo ("Finger on the trigger") (1940) Fortín alto ("High Fort") (1940), and The Gaucho War (1942). At the 1943 Argentine Film Critics Association Awards, Manzi and Murat won the Silver Condor Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for their screenplay of The Gaucho War which proved highly successful.

The early death of the poet was caused by cancer on Thursday, May 3, 1951.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1907 (Añatuya), Died 1951 (Buenos Aires)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, author, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 32 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Vi cat 37589-A] 10-in. 1933-1934 Esquinas porteñas Mercedes Simone Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BVE-40784 10-in. 12/15/1927 Viejo ciego Juan Pulido Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BAVE-44666 10-in. Fall 1929 Valsecito de antes Roberto Díaz Male vocal solo, with guitars lyricist  
Victor BAVE-44830 10-in. Fall 1929 Valsecito de antes Joaquina Carreras ; Orquesta Típica J. Guido Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-60985 10-in. Sept. 1931 A su memoria Alberto Gómez Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-60990 10-in. 10/1/1931 A su memoria Acuña-Díaz ; Orquesta Típica Sinfonica Lomuto Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet lyricist  
Victor 65685 10-in. 3/27/1933 Milonga sentimental Lely Morel Female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-66924 10-in. Sept.-Oct. 1932 Milonga sentimental Mercedes Simone Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BAVE-74002 10-in. Jan. 1933 Milonga sentimental Orquesta Adolfo Carabelli Instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BAVE-74019 10-in. Jan. 1933 Milonga sentimental Gómez-Vila Male vocal duet, with guitars lyricist  
Victor BAVE-74392 10-in. Dec. 1933 De tu casa a mi casa Mercedes Simone Female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-74461 10-in. 3/23/1934 Esquinas porteñas Fernando Díaz ; Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-86667 10-in. 10/4/1934 Juan Manuel Félix Gutiérrez ; Orquesta Típica Pedro Maffia Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-86668 10-in. 10/4/1934 A través de los años Félix Gutiérrez ; Orquesta Típica Pedro Maffia Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-86807 10-in. 4/4/1935 Muchacho del cafetín Edgardo Donato Muchachos Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-86808 10-in. El vals de los recuerdos Edgardo Donato Muchachos Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-86841 10-in. 5/9/1935 Monte criollo Jorge Omar ; Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-86843 10-in. May 1935 Vivir Orquesta Adolfo Carabelli Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-86844 10-in. 5/13/1935 Monte criollo Alberto Gómez Male vocal solo, with guitars lyricist  
Victor BAVE-86845 10-in. 5/13/1935 Muchacho del cafetín Alberto Gómez Male vocal solo, with guitars lyricist  
Victor BAVE-93377 10-in. Between 10/7/1936 and 10/27/1936 Duerme Hugo Gutiérrez Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-93409 10-in. Between 11/17/1936 and 11/26/1936 Milonga triste Alberto Gómez Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor BAVE-93914 10-in. 9/24/1937 Abandono Orquesta Típica Pedro Laurenz Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-93918 10-in. 9/28/1937 Milonga de los fortines Orquesta Típica Victor Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-93993 10-in. between 11/23/1937 and 11/29/1937 Abandono Alberto Gómez Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 32 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Manzi, Homero," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105867.

Manzi, Homero. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105867.

"Manzi, Homero." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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