Osvaldo Pugliese was born on December 2nd 1905 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started out learning violin, but switched to piano and learnt at the local conservatories. The young Pugliese got his first job as a professional pianist when he was 15.
Pugliese played with several known musicians and he also had several ensembles before forming his orchestra, which was formed as a cooperative both in the economic and artistic sense of the word. Like many other orchestra leaders, Osvaldo Pugliese played the piano in his own orchestra throughout his career. Unlike other pianist orchestra leaders like Biagi and Di Sarli, Osvaldo Pugliese has a quite discreet playing style. As was common for the tango orchestras of the era, Pugliese's orchestra played music by many different composers. But Pugliese also composed music, like the well-known instrumentals "Recuerdo" and "La yumba".
Like most of the other tango orchestras we know from the Golden Age period, Pugliese's orchestra both played at dances and made recordings.
Later, they would also perform at concerts. This beloved orchestra is known for its high-quality, complex arrangements.
Osvaldo Pugliese died on 25 July 1995, making him the only one of the big Golden Age tango orchestra leaders who would live to see the revival of the Argentine tango.
TANGO NOTES focuses on the music we use for dancing today. This means that the below charts and
discography includes the genres tango, vals, and milonga recorded after 1927.
There are some live recordings from late in Pugliese's career. These are not included in the discography (for now).
Pugliese recorded a handful of songs from other genres as well.
In the below interactive "Bandoneón chart", you can see which years Pugliese made recordings, with which singers, and which titles. Hover / tap the buttons to see more information!
Design & layout ©Trud Antzée 2013-2020.
The singers in the traditional tango orchestras weren't considered to be big stars, like singers are today.
They were just another musician - and most tango orchestras employed different singers. Later, the singer would gradually
get a more prominent role in the orchestras.
Hover / tap the bars to see total number of recordings Pugliese made with his different singers, in order of appearance.
◉ Click column headers to sort by title, genre, singer, etc (also on search results).
◉ Pugliese recorded some songs multiple times during his career. Click "TITLE" to see these songs next to each other and compare listening examples.
◉ "Also recorded..." refers to other recordings by Pugliese, not by other orchestras.
◉ Listen examples added so far: All re-recorded songs A-C plus a few more.