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Tita Merello

Tita Merello (born Laura Ana Merello; 11 October 1904 in Buenos Aires – 24 December 2002 in Buenos Aires) was a prominent Argentine film actress, tango dancer and singer of the Golden Age of Argentine Cinema (1940–1960). In her 6 decades in Argentine entertainment, at the time of her death, she had filmed over thirty movies, premiered twenty plays, had nine television appearances, completed three radio series and had had countless appearances in print media. She was one of the singers who emerged in the 1920s along with Azucena Maizani, Libertad Lamarque, Ada Falcón, and Rosita Quiroga, who created the female voices of tango. She was primarily remembered for the songs "Se dice de mí" and "La milonga y yo".

She began her acting career in theater and may have made silent films. She debuted on the first sound movie produced in Argentina, ¡Tango!, with Libertad Lamarque in 1933. After making a series of films throughout the 1930s, she established herself as a dramatic actress in La fuga (1937), directed by Luis Saslavsky. In the mid-1940s, she moved to Mexico, where she filmed Cinco rostros de mujer (1947), which earned her an Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy of Film. She returned to Argentina and starred in Don Juan Tenorio (1949) and Filomena Marturano (1950), which were subsequently taken to the theater. Her period of greatest popularity came in the following decade, when she led films like Los isleros (1951), considered her best performance, Guacho (1954) and Mercado de abasto (1955). She also received praise for her work in Arrabalera (1950), Para vestir santos (1955) and El amor nunca muere (1955).

From the 1960s, most of her work was directed by Enrique Carreras. During the period, she had a recurring role in the television series Sábados Circulares and continued making films, like Amorina (1961). Her role in 1974 as La Madre María, directed by Lucas Demare, was highly acclaimed as was her collaboration with Alejandro Doria in Los miedos (1980). She retired from theater in 1984 and films in 1985 but continued to act on TV and radio and was honored as "Citizen of the City of Buenos Aires" in 1990. Until her death at age 98, she continued to make appearances on television and radio.Tita Merello on IMDb

Birth and Death Data: Born October 11th, 1904 (Buenos Aires), Died December 24th, 2002 (Buenos Aires)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-44568 10-in. Summer 1929 Qué careta Tita Merello Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor BAVE-44569 10-in. Summer 1929 Sos una fiera Tita Merello Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor BAVE-44673 10-in. Fall 1929 Mi papito Tita Merello Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor BAVE-44674 10-in. Fall 1929 Tata... llevame pal centro Tita Merello Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor BAVE-44800 10-in. Fall 1929 Che bacana Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-44861 10-in. Fall 1929 No es por hablar mal Tita Merello Female vocal solo, with guitars vocalist  
Victor BAVE-44862 10-in. Fall 1929 La viuda misteriosa Tita Merello Female vocal solo, with guitars vocalist  
Victor BAVE-44938 10-in. Fall 1929 ¡Quien te ve! Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60037 10-in. Winter 1930 Torta frita Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60038 10-in. Winter 1930 No te aguanto más Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60183 10-in. Spring 1930 Che... Pepinito Tita Merello Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60184 10-in. Spring 1930 Mama mía... Qué mujer Tita Merello Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60326 10-in. Summer 1930 Paquetín, paquetón Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60327 10-in. Summer 1930 Trabajar... ¡Nunca! Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60456 10-in. Oct. 1930 No te hagas curar Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60457 10-in. Oct. 1930 Mascaron de Proa Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60462 10-in. Oct. 1930 Los cardales Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60463 10-in. Oct. 1930 Que torcido andas, Julian Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60525 10-in. Fall 1930 Te has comprado un automovil Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BAVE-60530 10-in. Fall 1930 Na-to-ri-bia Tita Merello Female vocal solo vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Merello, Tita," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116801.

Merello, Tita. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116801.

"Merello, Tita." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116801

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