Miguel Caló


Bandoneonist, orchestra leader, and composer (1907 – 1972)



Miguel Caló was born on October 28, 1907, in Buenos Aires. At the age of 16 he started his musical education, first playing violin for a year, and then bandoneon after it.

Caló began performing in 1925. In 1926 he joined Osvaldo Fresedo's orchestra. A year later, in 1927, he became a member of Francisco Pracanico's orchestra that was performing at the Astral theatre. During that period Miguel Caló formed his own group that survived for only few months. In 1929, he became a part of a group with which he toured Spain and Europe.

After the invitation from Osvaldo Fresedo in 1931, Miguel Caló went to New York. In 1934 he did his first studio recording. Miguel's style was strongly influenced by Fresedo, however his success in 1940s – according to many opinions – was a result of intelligent blend of brilliant young musicians.

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