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Jorge Falcon

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Biography

Argentine tango singer Jorge Falcón established himself in the late '70s as a rising star with the Héctor Varela Orchestra and enjoyed a decade's worth of success before succumbing to cancer in 1987 at age 37. Born Luis Iglesias on October 15, 1949, in the neighborhood of Parque Chacabuco in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Falcón began his singing career with the tango orchestras of Jorge de Luca and Gabriel "Chula" Clausi. Once he joined the orchestra of tango legend Héctor Varela in 1976, the singer's reputation as an up-and-coming talent was solidified. Falcón made his recording debut on Varela's 1977 album Azúcar, Pimienta y Sal; the title track — written by Varela, Ernesto Rossi, and lyricist Abel Aznar, and sung as a duet with Fernando Soler — became his first hit and was one of his greatest performances. In the wake of his breakthrough hit, Falcón made his solo recording debut, Solo Buenos Aires (1978), on the JR label. In the 1980s Falcón was signed to CBS Records and released albums including La Noche, el Tango y el Amor (1982), El Amor Desolado (1984), and Para Todos...Con Amor (1986). Perhaps his greatest hit on CBS Records was "El Amor Desolado," written by Alberto Cortéz and lyricist José Dicenta Sánchez. Falcón's declining health began to affect his career in 1986 when he fainted during a show in Rosario after suffering an automobile collision earlier. A year later he died of cancer, passing away on July 2, 1987, in Buenos Aires. His brief yet memorable career was chronicled on a series of best-of compilations released over the years, among them 20 Grandes Exitos (1987), Unicos (1992), La Historia de un Idolo, Vol. 1 (1994), Leyendas (1995), Mis 30 Mejores Tangos (1997), Colección Inolvidable (1999), Los Esenciales (2003), and De Colección (2004).

Birth Name:

Luis Iglesias

Born:

October 15, 1949 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Genre
Years Active:

'70s, '80s

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