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book-coverThe Tango in the United States

A History. By Carlos G. Groppa

ISBN: 0-7864-1406-5 - [232]pp. ca. 60 photographs, notes, bibliography, index $39.95 illustrated case binding (7 x 10) 2003 - $49.95.

In the earliest years of the twentieth century, North American ballroom dancers favored the waltz or the polka. But in the 1910s, a new dance, the tango, broke onto the United States scene when Vernon and Irene Castle performed it in a Broadway musical. Rudolph Valentino, Arthur Murray, and Xavier Cugat popularized it even more in the 1920s and 1930s, and thousands of people were crowding dance floors around the country to hear the music and dance the tango.

This work chronicles the history of the tango in the United States, from its antecedents in Argentina, Paris, and London to the present day. It covers the dancers, musicians, and composers who were promoting it, and the tango’s influence on American music. Chapters are dedicated to Vernon and Irene Castle, Rudolph Valentino, Arthur Murray, Xavier Cugat, the Big Band and jazz singers who incorporated tangos with English lyrics into their repertoires, Juan Carlos Cobián, Osvaldo Fresedo, Francisco Canaro, Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, the influence of World War II on the tango, portrayals of the tango in the movies and ballet, and the tango recordings of Gerry Mulligan, Gary Burton, Al Di Meola, Yo-Yo Ma, and Julio Iglesias, among many other topics.

Carlos C. Groppa is the editor of Tango Reporter. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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