BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) -- Renowned Argentine tango composer
Enrique Cadicamo, who wrote hundreds of tunes immortalized by Carlos Gardel, the
tango superstar of the 1920s and '30s, died Friday at age 99.
In recent months Cadicamo had been in and out of a Buenos Aires hospital
suffering from severe heart problems, his doctor said. The doctor did not give
the actual cause of death.
Born July 15, 1900, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Cadicamo was the
youngest of 10 brothers. He grew up on books by adventure and classical
writers Jules Verne, Victor Hugo, Gabriel Dannunzio and Virgil. This
inspired his often mournful, epic songs that told of loves, losses and
Argentine television played a line from one of his songs to mark his death:
"Life has changed me and in my head I try to forget. But I was a traveler of
pain, a traveler of dreams, I understood my bad luck, every kiss I wiped
away with a drink."
Cadicamo gained international fame thanks to Gardel, who became a close
friend after Cadicamo taught him his first tango, "Soap Bubbles."
Gardel, the most famous name in the history of tango, was killed in an
crash in June 1935 near Medellin, Colombia. Cadicamo songs sung by
Gardel are still heard throughout Buenos Aires.
Touched up photos of Gardel -- with his fedora, immaculate white scarf
enigmatic grin -- today dot many of the city's bars and cafes.
Cadicamo wrote some 3,000 pieces of music and will be remembered for
songs like "My Parents' Little House," "Nostalgias" and "The Light of a
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