This weblog will give you information about the "El Redescubrimiento de Oscar Aleman" project, the "Rediscovering of Oscar Aleman" project.
Oscar Aleman ( 1909 - 1980 )was an Argentinean jazz guitar player, entertainer and showman, born in Argentina, lived in Europe (1930s)and returned to Argentina ( 1940 - 1980 ).
He was one of the best jazz guitar players of his time.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Oscar… Sparring of a World Champion!!!
To commemorate Oscar´s
107th birthday, a noteworthy anecdote of his incredible life was forwarded by ‘Tito’ Liberto share with the readers
of this blog. The source of Alemán´s quotes is a 1974 TV interview by Pinky (preserved at Sus presentaciones en vivo Vol. 5, track 06 and 09).
Oscar Alemán (1934)
Around May 1935, while resting from Josephine
Baker tours (- in fact she had gone to the USA and Alemán was workless), Oscar
went to Deauville (France) looking for a job in an orchestra. Though the
director only offered him a little money, Alemán was obliged to accept, because:
“In those months I had to earn some money
to live”. Then a friend from Paris who was a boxer offered him the double for
being his sparring partner. Oscar accepted.
"Panama" Al Brown
His friend was the
famous bantam weight World ChampionAlfonso Al “Panama” Brown(1902–1951), born in Panama and the first Latin world
champion of the boxing history. “Panama” won his title by beating Gregorio Vidal in 1929, June 18 in New
Brown had seen
Alemán training at a gymnasium… but the true history is that he had been part
of show business: Al worked as a tap-dancer inJosephine
Baker´sLa Revue Nègre!!
In June of that year
he had to fight with the Spanish Baltazar
"Sangchili" Belenguer Hervás, and needed a fast sparring partner.
“He told me he had never seen a man faster
than me (…) I trained him three days a week”. - Here's an example of sparring feat. "Panama" Al Brown in 1935
Brown, however, lost
his fight and his title to Sangchili in the match which took place on June 1,
1935, in Valencia, Spain. Poor Oscar, very fast but… it didn´t work this time. They had a
rematch on March 4, 1938, and Brown was the winner. But by thenSixto EscobarofPuerto Rico was
the actual World Champion in bantam weight.
With the advent
of World War II Brown moved to Harlem, USA. He died of tuberculosis in New York
City in 1951.
record comprises 123 wins, 18 defeats and 10 draws, with 55 knockouts. He was
the bantamweight World Champion for six years and made 11 title defenses.
Thanks to 'Tito' Liber for this great anecdote. Let's end this with some music celebrating the right bantam steps.