Charly Garcia at the Casa Rosada, 2005.
(born Carlos Alberto
García Moreno on October 23, 1951) is a
musician from Argentina with a long career
Charly García was the eldest son in an upper-
middle class family. His father taught math-
ematics and physics in elementary school,
while his mother produced radio music
shows, mainly shows featuring
Charly began to show musical talent at an
early age. At three, he received a toy piano
as a gift, and soon he surprised his mother
with his ability to compose and play coherent
melodies, leading her to enlist him in a pres-
tigious conservatory, the Thibaud Piazzini. At
age twelve, he graduated as a Music Profess-
or. Charly developed perfect pitch as a child.
The beginning: Sui
The Beatles appeared in Charly’s life when
he was thirteen. Having previously only been
exposed to classical music and folk, he would
describe the Beatles as "classical music from
Mars". In high school he met Carlos Alberto
"Nito" Mestre and the two fused their bands
to give birth to Sui Generis.
The band at first experimented with psy-
chedelic rock, but its style would quickly
Sui Generis bandmates Charly Garcia and
Nito Mestre, 1975.
establish as folk-rock with some little influ-
ence from the symphonic rock of the day. At
their first big gig, the band’s bassist, guitar-
ist and drummer all failed to appear. Only
Charlie (García spelled his name with "ie"
back then) and Nito showed up, playing pi-
ano and flute respectively. They were forced
to play on their own, and were a hit with the
audience despite the other musicians’ ab-
sence. The band’s strength lay in the songs’
musical simplicity and romantic lyrics, which
appealed widely to teenagers.
As the band gained in popularity, García
faced mandatory military service. He per-
formed extravagant stunts in an attempt to
be discharged from service; for example, he
took a corpse in a wheelchair for a walk in
the sun because "he was too pale". Eventu-
ally, García ingested a la