Fumando Espero

This is a tango of Spanish origin imported to Argentina by singer Tania, who later married Enrique Santos Discepolo. It quickly become a success in Buenos Aires and it was first recorded by Roberto Firpo in an instrumental version. Rosita Quiroga recorded for the Victor label in July, 1927. Ignacio Corsini recorded it in December, 1927 with lyrics modified to accomodate the male singer. This tango became very popular again in the 1950’s. Hector Varela, in 1955 for the Columbia label, and Carlos Di Sarli in 1956 for the Victor label, recorded the successful song with the voice of Argentino Ledesma.

This version is sung by Magdalena Nile del Río (1906 – 2003), a professional singer and movie actress who was better known as Imperio Argentina. Although born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she became a citizen of Spain.

Del Río performed in Argentina’s theaters, where she had a long and successful career. At that time, her stage name was Pettit Imperio. But her most successful moments came after she moved to Spain. It was there that she changed her name to Imperio Argentina, as a way to honor her “other country”. While in Spain, del Río participated in many movies, and she participated frequently on television and radio. Imperio Argentina obtained Spanish citizenship in 1999. She died in Benalmádena, Málaga in 2003, aged 96.

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