Every January 23rd, Musician’s Day is celebrated in Argentina. in tribute to the birth of Luis Alberto Spinetta, “el Flaco”.
The author of songs that more than one will have heard such as Paper-eyed girls and Ana does not sleep, came into the world on a day like today in 1950 in Núñez, Buenos Aires.
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This commemoration takes place since the enactment of the Law No. 27,106 in the year 2014, and was designated “el Flaco” Spinetta for being one of the most outstanding musicians in Argentine rock.
It is a reality that there are two other dates that commemorate the “Day of Music” at a global and national level, and that they are November 22 and October 1, respectively. However, the Argentine musicians observed the need to specifically commemorate a day to celebrate the musicians, for which they raised their request to the national government.
Shortly after, the initiative was approved and the tribute to the singer-songwriter was established as the “Musician’s Day in Argentina”.
The path of “el Flaco” Spinetta
Luis Alberto Spinetta was born on January 23, 1950, and shortly after he was nicknamed by his peers as “El flaco”, he was one of the most beloved and outstanding artists of national rock, but who also transcended the borders of the country and gained great popularity in several countries.
It was his family that got him fully into the world of music when he was only four years old, since his father was an amateur tango singer.
This is how he made his debut as a musician in 1964 in the Escala Musical television contest and reached the final of it.
He led well-known national rock groups such as Almond; Rabid fish; Invisible; Spinetta Jade and Spinetta and the Desert Partners.
He was a singer and guitarist, but he also had an incredible ability to compose. Among the most outstanding songs are remembered Girl paper eyes, which was cataloged in 2002 as the second best song in the history of Argentine rock by Rolling Stone magazine and by MTV; Captain Beto’s ring; Maribel fell asleep and Rutas argentinas and Durazno bleeding.
His impeccable career led him to rub shoulders with an innumerable list of renowned artists such as Charly Garcia, Gustavo Ceratti, Fito Paez, Pappo, Mercedes Sosa, etc.
died a February 8, 2012 after suffering from lung cancer, generating commotion in Argentine society.