Alfredo Eusebio Gobbi was an acrobat, guitarist, signer and one of the first lyricists of tango history. With his wife, Flora Rodriguez, he formed a duo known as Los Gobbi or Los reyes del gramofóno. Together they traveled in Europe and the US performing and recording tango. Their son Alfredo Gobbi is a well known orchestra director of the golden age.
Alfredo Eusebio Gobbi was born in Paysandu in 1877. Little is known about his youth, except that he stood out as a signer and used to work as a clown and acrobat. He was 18-years-old when he first came to Buenos Aires with the circus Ansemi, and in 1900 he traveled to Spain with a theater company presenting the argentine play “Juan Moreira”.
In 1905, Alfredo Gobbi married the chilean actress Flora Hortensia Rodriguez with whom he formed the duo Los Gobbi. Their repertoire was composed of folk songs and popular european rhythms, as well as tango and they were among the first voices to be recorded in Argentina both on cylinder and discs.
In 1907, they traveled to France where they recorded for Gath y Chaves. There they remained for 6 years, performing in prestigious venues such as El tabarín and taught tango to a dance teacher from the Faubourg St-Denis, E. Giraudet. This is where their son Alfredo Gobbi was born in 1912.
When the war broke out in 1914, Los Gobbi came back to Buenos Aires where they continued recording and performing. They were featured in the silent movie “Nobleza gaucha” (1915) and various sound films and radio programs until Alfredo died in 1938.
Alfredo Gobbi is the author of many tangos including “Sin madre”, “La entrerriana”, “Aguardate china”, “El criollo argentino”, “El tigre”, “El urugayo” and “La mimosa”, many of which were recorded in Paris.
Los reyes del gramofóno left 250 recordings on cylinder only and many more on disc. They worked with a wide range of labels including Victor, Odeon, Columbia, Atlanta, Pathé, Homokord, Polyphon, Gath y Chaves, Edison, Tocasolo and many others.
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