BUENOS AIRES -- Argentine singer Enrique Dumas, one of the pioneers in bringing tango to television in the late 1950s, died Sunday from a heart attack, his family said. He was 73.
The artist died in the city of Jesus Maria, some 700 kilometers (434 miles) from Buenos Aires, where he had participated in an Argentine folklore festival.
"One of the greats of tango is gone," lamented host Silvio Soldan, who had booked Dumas as one of the headliners on the program "Grandes valores del tango" (Great stars of tango), one of the most popular shows on Argentine TV in the 1970s and 1980s.
Dumas was born May 8, 1935, in the capital of Buenos Aires province, La Plata, and began his career as a jazz singer at age 14, making his radio debut at 20 with a tango orchestra directed by Carlos Figari.
In 1958, he was one of the pioneers in bringing the rhythm of tango to Argentine TV, where he also starred in programs like "Esquina de Tango" (Tango Corner) and "Yo te canto Buenos Aires (I sing to you, Buenos Aires).
The artist also performed in the theater works "La guitarra del Diablo" and "El Conventillo de la Paloma" and in the films "Viaje de una noche de verano" (with Japanese singers Ikuo Abo and Ranko Fujisawa), "Bicho raro" and "Flor de piolas."
He is also remembered for his theater performance in "Aplausos" with his colleague Libertad Lamarque, and "Tangos en el Dante" along with composer and accordionist Anibal Troilo.
In 2003, he traveled to Japan on a tour of the tango orchestras there with accordionist Carlos Galvan and in recent years he had participated as an invited guest at recitals and local festivals.Click here to hear one of his most famous numbers.
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