Rodrigo Bueno

Rodrigo Bueno was born on May 24, 1973, in Córdoba, he was the eldest of three brothers from the marriage between Eduardo "Pichín" Bueno and Beatriz Olave. His two brothers were Flavius and Ulysses; The latter being another successful singer, his father was a record store owner and music producer for Columbia Records and BMG, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. His mother, Beatriz Olave, was the owner of a kiosk and a composer. Rodrigo's first appearance in public was at the age of two, in a television program called “Fiesta del Cuarteto”, in which he was brought on stage by Juan Carlos. "La Mona" Jiménez. Since he was little, Rodrigo played at being a singer. He was a lover of the quartet and often went to dances, where he was invited to the stage to sing. As a boy he went to a folklore school, and sang rock in a small band he had.

Growing up, Rodrigo worked as a newspaper delivery boy at his grandmother Hortensia's newsstand. In 1984, he attended concerts by the local band “Chébere” and was invited, on occasion, to join them on stage. The following year, he abandoned the primary school he completed at the La Salle Institute in Córdoba Capital and began working in his father's record store, where he sometimes sang for customers. A friend of his father who belonged to the local band “Manto Negro” offered Rodrigo to join the group. It was then that he formally began his career in the music industry, signing his first contract and earning his first salary as a musician at the age of thirteen.

As Rodrigo could not achieve success in Córdoba after six years with “Manto Negro”, his father and his manager Eduardo decided to launch his son's career as a soloist in Buenos Aires. In 1987, he released his first album, titled “The Photo of Your Body,” through PolyGram Records. The album was named after a song composed by Rodrigo when he was thirteen years old. Although he described himself as a “fan of the quartet,” his first album had a style close to rock. A year later, he published his second album, called “Aprendiendo a vivir”, and with the release of said album he traveled to the city of Buenos Aires to consolidate his artistic career.

The album was presented at the Fantático Bailable nightclub, located at Av. Rivadavia 3475 in the Once neighborhood. Right there, a year later, he presented his third work: “Completely in Love.” And he also recorded a new album, titled “Made in Argentina”, which included the song “Bella María de mi alma”. By then, Rodrigo's career continued to grow.

In 1993, Rodrigo's father and manager, Eduardo Alberto "Pichín" Bueno, died in the singer's arms at the age of 46, due to a heart attack. His death took place before a concert in which he was going to promote “La Joya”, which was cancelled.

After six months of mourning, he returned to the world of music with “Made in Córdoba.” As his popularity in Buenos Aires increased, he left PolyGram Records and signed a contract with Sony Music.

In 1995, during his short stay with the company, he recorded the album “Sabroso” with said record company, which included salsa and merengue style songs such as “De Enero a Enero.” However, the album did not have the support of the record company and ended without the success it expected. After this period, Sony terminated the contract with Rodrigo.​

In 1996, under a new contract with the Magenta Discos record label, Bueno published “Lo mejor del amor”, a work with which he won the ACE (Association of Entertainment Chroniclers) award. From this album he popularized the song “El himno del Cucumelo” (cover by the rock band Las Manos de Filippi).


A few months later, he recorded the album “La legend continues”, which was performed live at the Fantástica Bailable bowling alley. This work was certified as a gold record by the CAPIF (Argentine Chamber of Industrial Phonogram Producers). And his definitive consolidation was with the work “Cuarteteando”, which included the hits “Y voló, voló” and “Ocho forty”.


In 1999 he published two albums: a compilation with his best-known songs under the title “El Potro” and an album recorded live at José C. Paz's S'Combro Bailable, titled “Cuarteto Característico” or “A 2000”, which included songs such as “Yerba mala”, “Soy cordobés”, and “A long road to heaven”.


In the summer of 2000, Rodrigo went on a 49-concert tour of much of the Atlantic coast. On this tour he premiered his popular song “figurate tú”, written by the brother of Alejandra Romero, his partner, before an audience of nearly one hundred thousand people in front of the Mar del Plata tourist promenade.


In April of that year he also filled the Luna Park Stadium, located at Av. Eduardo Madero 470 in the San Nicolás neighborhood, thirteen times, which became a show record for the place. Due to the Stadium's history of providing Argentine boxing shows, the concerts were conceptualized with boxing elements. Bueno sang in the characteristic clothing of this sport and made his entrance on stage wearing a tunic and walking through a hallway through the crowd towards the themed ring, emulating a boxing match. The shows, which lasted an estimated two and a half hours, included original songs, as well as classics of the quartet genre, and were a great success. Meanwhile, the album “A 2000” was certified quadruple platinum by CAPIF.


That same year, Rodrigo met Diego Armando Maradona, one of his idols, to whom he dedicated a song titled “The Hand of God.”

Success was at its peak for Rodrigo, his shows multiplied incessantly. In addition to the show, Bueno was also performing between twenty-five and thirty concerts a week, including clubbing, television, and other events.


On June 23, 2000, he went to the recording of the television program La Bible y el calefón presented by Jorge Guinzburg, on Channel 13. When the recording finished, at 10:30 p.m., the singer went to dinner with his representative, his musicians, his little son Ramiro and his mother to the El Corralón restaurant, located at 883 Dr. Tomás Manuel de Anchorena Street in the Balvanera neighborhood. At the premises he met Fernando Olmedo, son of the late comedian Alberto Olmedo, whom he invited to his recital at the “Escándalo” nightclub in La Plata. Rodrigo gave a two and a half hour performance in front of two thousand people. When the concert ended, Olmedo asked him to stay at the club to rest, but Rodrigo refused and decided to drive.


In the early hours of Saturday, June 24, 2000, after his performance in La Plata, Rodrigo was heading towards Buenos Aires, along the Buenos Aires - La Plata Highway, in his Red Ford Explorer SUV with his ex-partner Patricia Pacheco, his son Ramiro , Fernando Olmedo, the musician Jorge Moreno and the radio host Alberto Pereyra. Around 3:30 in the morning, when he was crossing the city of Berazategui, an accident occurred in which Rodrigo collided with the truck of businessman Alfredo Pesquera (who died in 2013), which caused him to lose control of his vehicle and crashed. against the containment barrier, it overturned and was ejected from the truck, which caused his death. As a result of this fact, in addition to the singer, Fernando Olmedo also lost his life. The other companions survived. The Quilmes justice system concluded that the accident was caused by his own reckless driving.


Following the accident, the place of his death was turned into a shrine. On the way down the highway in Berazategui, there is an access that leads to his monument.


After his death, several albums were released, some simple compilations and others with unreleased material by the Córdoba singer. Thousands of people attended his wake, including celebrities, including Diego Maradona.


One day after his death, the “Union of Producers of Movida Tropical” awarded him six Clave de Sol awards, in the categories of most danceable rhythm, best percussionist, best showman, best singer-songwriter and revelation of the year, along with the Clave of Golden Sun.


Shortly after his death, at Kilometer 27 of the Buenos Aires-La Plata Highway, his admirers built a sanctuary that included a statue of the dog.