The featured music producer and Argentine businessman Rubén “Pelo” Aprile, responsible for the works of renowned rock and popular music artists in the South American country, died at the age of 71, as confirmed by sources from the recording industry this Friday.
“With the departure of Rubén” Pelo “Aprile leaves one of the fundamental characters of the Argentine music industry”, published Universal Music Argentina on its Twitter account.
“From this company that sheltered his work for many years, and to which he gave so many successes, we accompany the feelings of his entire family”, it added.
With the departure of Rubén “Pelo” Aprile, one of the fundamental characters of the Argentine music industry leaves. From this company that sheltered his work for many years, and to which he gave so many successes, we accompany the feelings of his entire family. pic.twitter.com/NigzbYNMbw
— Universal Music Arg (@UMArgentina) June 4, 2021
Aprile had been the president of his own publisher, Pelo Music, for 20 years, during the 90s he had served as president of Polygram and Universal Music, after having founded the independent label Interdisc in 1977.
The businessman Daniel Grinbank, pointed out on his Twitter account that Aprile was “A fundamental producer in the history of Argentine music”, “but fundamentally a great friend of life.”
Aprile died this Thursday, June 3, at the Sanatorium de la Trinidad in the city of Buenos Aires, after contracting coronavirus with a deteriorated state of health, after having suffered a stroke two years ago, according to Grinbank told local media.
A passionate about music since adolescence who had worked with a large number of artists and bands, such as Mercedes Sosa, Charly García, Los Abuelos de la Nada, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Andrés Calamaro, Divididos, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, among others, and later he stood out for publishing Miranda and Callejeros, among others.
Artists and figures of the field said goodbye to him with affection and gratitude on their social networks. The musician Alejandro Lerner tweeted that “the only record producer who wanted to discover artists, not invent them,” and that he took his “dreams and multiplied them by his madness and genius”.
Singer Fabiana Cantilo tweeted: “Thank you for always trusting!” next to a heart. Singer Emmanuel Horvilleur tweeted that he was the record producer with whom the band Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas made most of the records: “The memories I have with you are worthy of a documentary, thank you for betting on our music and letting us convince you of our follies.”
The Pimpinela duo -the brothers Joaquín and Lucía Galán- regretted Aprile’s departure by tweeting that it was “One of the few genius producers left in music” and that “his talent enlightened many.”
“I’ll miss you a lot”musician and songwriter David Lebon tweeted, expressing “so many beautiful memories working together.”
Pablo Lescano, the singer of the band Damas Gratis, wished him “Good trip friend and companion” on his Twitter account. And wondered: “Now who will give me advice and explain the record ups and downs” while noting that he was “the only one” who did not keep his records.
The author and singer Javier Calamaro uploaded to his Twitter account his first meeting with Aprile, in 1986, and praised him as the “Re inventor of our rock” and wished him that “heaven” of rock and roll “Have in glory.”
Today we lost the great Pelo Aprile, re-inventor of our rock. Here at our first meeting, circa 1986.
May the RnR sky have you in glory dear Pelo! pic.twitter.com/0OID2fxqyB
– Javier Calamaro (@JavierCalamaro) June 4, 2021