Ivo Pelay

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 5th, 1893 (La Plata), Died August 28th, 1959 (Buenos Aires)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-44415 10-in. Winter 1929 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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pelay, Ivo," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116813.

Pelay, Ivo. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116813.

"Pelay, Ivo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116813

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