Juan d'Arienzo

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Juan d'Arienzo
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Background information
Born (1900-12-14)December 14, 1900
Died January 14, 1976(1976-01-14) (aged 75)
Genres Tango, Milonga
Instruments Violin

Juan d'Arienzo (December 14, 1900 – January 14, 1976) was an Argentine tango musician, also known as "El Rey del Compás" (King of the Beat). He was a violinist, band leader, and composer.

He was son of Italian immigrants and used more modern arrangements and instrumentation; his popular group produced hundreds of recordings.

His first memorable performance goes back to 1919 at the Nacional theater during the comic play by Alberto Novión, El cabaret Montmartre

His music is played often at milongas in Buenos Aires, and the instrumentals are the classic harder rhythmic tangos with a strong staccato dance rhythm. He also recorded many great milongas and fast valses.

His recordings were accompanied by singers such as Alberto Echagüe, Armando Laborde, and Héctor Maure, among others.

He is interred in the La Chacarita Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina.