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Nightclub life influenced composers and lyric writers to describe this kind of life through different characters. The excellent economy of Argentina in the1920s formed a generation of selfish rich men who spent time and money at Nightclubs with their concubines or local prostitutes.

Night Club Characters


  • Composers and Lyric

Nightclub life influenced composers and lyric writers to describe this kind of life through different characters.

1) The young prostitute, described in MILONGUITA. The story was based on a real young girl of poor upbringing and who was attracted by economic rewards and city life. 

2) MILONGUERA, depicting the woman hired to dance in public places. 

3)The FRENCH WOMAN who came from France attracted by a promise of marriage and found herself sold as a prostitute in Buenos Aires. 

4)The MEN who patronized these Nightclubs. 

The excellent economy of Argentina in the1920s formed a generation of selfish rich men who spent time and money at Nightclubs with their concubines or local prostitutes.

This changed in the 1930s during the world-wide depression that produced severe political and economic difficulties, and as a consequence the Nightclubs lost their appeal. Finally, and due to the economic crash they gradually disappeared in the early 1940s.

A significant political local event contributed to the decadence of tango during the 1930s. (6, 1930, a military revolution led by Gral J. Uriburu)

Tango, as an expression of popular music was looked down by the ruling class who had profound disrespect it.

The middle class felt marginalized. Tango became almost obsolete.

Nightclubs were no longer in place when Peron came to power in 1946, but then tango would be embraced by the Peronist ideology with the strong support of the working class and a large part of the middle class.

A new period started in the history of tango.


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