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

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Recordings (Results 26-32 of 32 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-1532 10-in. Winter 1928 Ensueño Alberto Vila Male vocal solo, with guitar author  
Victor BAVE-012946 10-in. between 9/7/1939 and 9/27/1939 Te lloran mis ojos Libertad Lamarque Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BAVE-039154 10-in. between 12/12/1939 and 2/19/1940 La canción que tu cantabas Angelillo ; Orquesta Luis Catalan ; Lydia Scuri Female-male vocal duet songwriter  
Victor BAVE-039529 10-in. before 11/25/1940 Tu nombre Ricardo Cabrera ; Marimba "Alma Salvadoreña" Marimba band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BAVE-039807 10-in. before 5/14/1941 Pena mulata Orquesta Típica Carlos Di Sarli ; Roberto Rufino Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BAVE-059704 10-in. 8/12/1941 Una vez en la vida Osvaldo Fresedo Gran Orquesta Argentina ; Ricardo Ruiz Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Odeon E7329 10-in. 1/23/1933 Milonga sentimental Carlos Gardel Male vocal solo, with 4 guitars lyricist  
(Results 26-32 of 32 records)


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