Ángel Villoldo was a musician, signer and composer of the early guardia vieja. He contributed to popularize tango in Buenos Aires cafes in the 1900’s and is regarded as the father of tango. Some say he was among the first to bring tango to Europe along with Alfredo and Flora Gobbi.  He is also the composer of one of the oldest and most famous tango of all times, “El Choclo”.
Ángel Gregorio Villodo Arroyo was born in Buenos Aires in 1868 in the neighborhood of Barracas. In his youth he worked at many different jobs and learned to play the guitar and harmonica in his spare time. Around 1900 he made a name for himself as a payador and began performing tango as well.
Villoldo was the most important tango lyricist of the guardia vieja.  His texts were not of sentimental nature like those of Pascual Contursi and other poets of the guardia nueva. They were more closely related to the folk songs of the interior of the country. However they did bring tango on step toward the creation of it’s own identity by presenting urban scenes and characters of the arrabal such as the compadritos and cuchilleros now so strongly associate to the origins of tango.
Villoldo composed over 70 tangos, the first of which was “El Porteñito”, followed shortly after by “El Choclo” (1903). He also wrote lyrics for “La Morocha” by Enrique Saborido and “El Entreriano” by Rosendo Mendizábal. His songs were interpreted by himself and other signers including Dora Miramar, Linda Thelma, Flora Rodriguez, Lea Conti and Pepita Avellaneda. 
It is said that Ángel Villoldo traveled to Paris to record for Gath y Chaves and that he contributed to popularize tango in Europe. According to Hector Benedetti however there is no evidence that Viollodo did travel to Paris and these recordings are nowhere to be found. 
Back in Buenos Aires, Villoldo played in cafes near the corner of Suarez and Necochea in the neighbourhood of La Boca. There an increasing number of tango musicians such as Vicente Greco, Francisco Canaro and Roberto Firpo were also performing in 1908. 
Villoldo published a compilation of Argentine folk songs in 1889 and another compilation of popular Argentinean songs in 1916.  He died in Buenos Aires in 1919 at age 51.
 Pinsón, Néstor. “Biographía de Ángel Villoldo.” Todotango.com. Web. Aug 2016.
 Pesce ,Ruben, Oscar del Priore, and Silvestre Byron. La historia del tango: La guardia vieja. Buenos Aires: Corregidor, 1977. Print.
 Benedetti, Hector Angel. “La tienda Gath & Chavez tambien publicó discos.” Todotango.com. Web. Aug 2016.