Alfredo Zitarrosa, Singer, Songwriter, Poet and Journalist

March 10, 1936 is the birthday of Alfredo Zitarrosa, a singer, songwriter, poet, and journalist from Uruguay.   His birth and childhood were complicated; he was adopted shortly after he was born, but later in life lived with his birth mother and her family.  He began his career as a radio broadcaster and actor, and later launched a career as a singer.  His style was influenced by milongas, folkloric music from the countryside of the Rio de la Plata in Argentina and Uruguay.   During the time of the brutal military dictatorships, his work was banned in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.  He made a triumphant return to Buenos Aires in 1984, several years before his death in 1989.

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