Ivo Pelay (May 5, 1893 – August 28, 1959) was one of Argentina's most prolific playwrights of the early 20th century.
Born Guillermo Juan Robustiano Pichot in Buenos Aires, Pelay wrote over 200 plays in his lifetime, beginning with La Mala Vida in 1911. Perhaps his most famous work is his 1925 nationalist dramedy La canción de los barrios ("Song of the Streets"). In addition, a number of his plays documenting the political and economic woes of Argentina in the 1930s were very popular.
While most of his plays were satires or straight comedies, he wrote a number of popular local musicals, which helped popularize the tango style of music. In addition, he worked as a writer for radio, as a journalist, and as a director on a number of his plays. He also served as the chief manager of the Teatro Nacional, which showcased many of his plays.
Pelay was also a prolific lyricist, notably in the tango and milonga styles, with over 100 songs to his credit. His best-known works include Soñar y nada mas and above all Se dice de me.
Pelay died in 1959 as one of the legends of Argentine theater. He was 66.
He is buried at La Chacarita Cemetery.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 5, 1893 (La Plata), Died August 28, 1959 (Buenos Aires)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BAVE-44415||10-in.||winter 1928||Hermanita||Libertad Lamarque||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||65696||10-in.||5/19/1933||Rosa de amor||Lely Morel||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||65861||10-in.||10/9/1933||Donde hay um mango||Lely Morel||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-66742||10-in.||6/8/1932||San Telmo||Charlo ; Orquesta Típica Sinfonica Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-66743||10-in.||6/8/1932||Háblame||Charlo ; Orquesta Típica Sinfonica Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-66744||10-in.||6/9/1932||Dale celos||Charlo ; Orquesta Típica Sinfonica Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-66745||10-in.||6/9/1932||La chimentadora||Charlo ; Orquesta Típica Sinfonica Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-74306||10-in.||9/7/1933||Donde hay un mango||Fernando Díaz ; Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-81635||10-in.||2/8/1934||Me enamoré una vez||Hebe Marín||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-93104||10-in.||3/10/1936||Mañana||Orquesta Tipica Edgardo Donato||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-93272||10-in.||Between 8/7/1936 and 8/12/1936||La cancion del estudiante||Héctor Palacios||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-023783||10-in.||7/8/1938||Casas viejas||Miguel Cáceres ; Luis Valente||Male vocal duet, with 3 guitars||lyricist|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CL5580||10-in.||2/5/1936||El que a hierro mata||Rafael Canaro ; Rafael Canaro ; Orquesta de Tangos [Rafael Canaro]||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CL5876||10-in.||10/3/1936||Je ne sais||Rafael Canaro ; Orquesta de Tangos [Rafael Canaro] ; Raoul Sander||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CL5878||10-in.||10/3/1936||La muchachada||Rafael Canaro ; Orquesta de Tangos [Rafael Canaro]||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CL6499||10-in.||1/4/1938||Casas viejas||Rafael Canaro ; Orquesta Rafael Canaro ; Luis Scalón||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pelay, Ivo," accessed February 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116813.
Pelay, Ivo. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116813.
"Pelay, Ivo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 February 2023.
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