Chaqueño Palavecino

Real Name:
Oscar Esperanza Palavecino
Born December 18, 1959 in a village in Chaco Salteño, on a ranch named El Ñato that bordered three nations: Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. Nearby Aboriginal communities there are the Toba, Wichí and Chorote.
His mother was 35 years old when Oscar was born, Doña Estela had to play a dual role, being a mother and father at the same time. From childhood he worked to cooperate with expenses at home. At age 9 he faced the illness of his mother and was forced to sell their few belongings and settle in Tartagal with his brothers, Juan Pablo and Lucho. They lived in her uncle's house some time.

He attended school in the morning and worked afternoons gathering cardboard and bottles to recycle for money. In 1976, when Oscar was 17 his mother died. From there he lived alone, as his brothers had jobs in Salta. One of them, Juan Pablo, took Oscar to Salta to live with an aunt, who got him his first job in the city, loading and unloading propane tanks. After 2 years of military service, he returned and resumed his duties in the propane company, but shortly after moved to transportation.

He enjoyed life as a driver traveling routes of Vespucio, Pocitos, Salta, and Oran and all the way to Buenos Aires. During this time he slowly made his first steps as a singer and began performing at small functions like the “Gauchos of Güemes” and at Don Johnny’s grill. These helped him to get over the stage fright and realize he just wanted people to hear him sing.

When he was 25 he joined his first group: The Pilcomayo Three. Formed by Negro Gómez (violin), Elvio Condoríen (guitar) and Oscar (percussion). The group toured the north of Argentina and was very well received. But when the violinist left, the group separated.

Wanting to assemble a new group, Oscar called on Oscar Bazan for lead guitar, Don Lucas Cabral on bandoneon, Elias Balderrama on second guitar and percussion Pascual Toledo (succeeded by Dante Catan and Dante Delgadillo, who were percussionists briefly).

The first cassette was recorded with the participation of Mauro Matos, Buenos Aires violinist. Because of the cost of the recording sessions, Oscar asked for help from all his friends to raise the money, and still did not complete the cost.

He was working with Lucas Cabral and Oscar Bazán when Don Lucas wrote the "Gatito pa' Don Lucas." The first tape was marketed in 1987 and Pa’ mis abuelos esta zamba achieved its peak in Bolivia.

Chaqueno never stopped thanking those people who gave him a hand over the years. Los Chalchaleros, Luis Landriscina, Raul Portal and Mabel Maharbiz, among others.

So he began touring the folklore scene with his group and returned to the stage where he took his first steps at Gauchos of Guemes. This success led him to record his second cassette, Pa’l Tio Pala (1989). This work was more successful than the last.

His participation in the 1992 Preserenata led to the Serenata Mayor; Chaqueno appeared with Don Lucas Cabral on bandoneon, Pascual Toledo on drums, the Mulato and Oscar Bazan. This marked the way to Cosquín.

Already in Cosquín and part of the Salta delegation, their presence was impeccable, but his greatest opportunity came when singing a song that was televised throughout the country, that's what he craved since arriving in Cordoba.

In 1993 he left Tartagal and the company where he worked for 11 years. Living in the city of Salta, Oscar began working for the long distance bus company La Veloz del Norte. In 1994 and 1995 he struggled to keep his job and his singing career. In 1995 he recorded El alma de Felipito.

In 2007 he released the album Chaco Escondido… Yo soy de alla.

In 2008, Chaco Palavecino presented Abrazando al caudillo, bringing together 21 songs belonging to the renowned Argentine composer Horacio Guarany. With a short introductory speech, Guarany participated on Palavecinos album, who plays and sings the repertoire of folk songs.

In 2009 he toured around the country with the Los Nocheros and Soledad, in a show titled La Fiesta, which led to a CD + DVD with the same title, recorded on May 16, 2009 in the stadium of Velez Sarsfield (Buenos Aires). Natalia Pastorutti participated as a guest on the song "Jamas" and Los Tekis sang on "Que no daria".

In 2010 he celebrated a quarter century of music, releasing 25 years.

In 2011, Chaco Palavecino recorded the album Mi cielo terrenal, consisting of 14 songs.

In 2012 his friend and lead guitarist Oscar Bazán passed away due to lymphatic cancer.


Chaqueño Palavecino Discography Tracks


none Chaqueño Palavecino - Pa' Mis Abuelos Esta Zamba album art Chaqueño Palavecino Pa' Mis Abuelos Esta Zamba(Cass, Album) Not On Label none Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
none Chaqueño Palavecino - Pa'l Tio Pala album art Chaqueño Palavecino Pa'l Tio Pala(Cass, Album) Not On Label none Argentina 1989 Sell This Version
CD 795 Chaqueño Palavecino - Por Culpa De Ser Cantor album art Chaqueño Palavecino Por Culpa De Ser Cantor(CD, Album) JAM Producciones CD 795 Argentina 1993 Sell This Version
01780147 Chaqueño Palavecino - El Alma De Felipito album art Chaqueño Palavecino El Alma De Felipito(CD, Album) DBN, TD Music 01780147 Argentina 1995 Sell This Version
CDE-80.221 Chaqueño Palavecino - Salteño Viejo album art Chaqueño Palavecino Salteño Viejo(CD, Album) DBN CDE-80.221 Argentina 1997 Sell This Version
CDE-80.260 Chaqueño Palavecino - Apenas Cantor album art Chaqueño Palavecino Apenas Cantor(CD, Album) DBN CDE-80.260 Argentina 1998 Sell This Version
CDE-80.280 Chaqueño Palavecino - Chaqueñadas album art Chaqueño Palavecino Chaqueñadas(CD, Album) DBN CDE-80.280 Argentina 1999 Sell This Version
CDE-80.302 Chaqueño Palavecino - La Ley Y La Trampa album art Chaqueño Palavecino La Ley Y La Trampa(CD, Album) DBN CDE-80.302 Argentina 2001 Sell This Version
CD 80440 Chaqueño Palavecino - La Pura Verdad album art Chaqueño Palavecino La Pura Verdad(CD, Album) DBN CD 80440 Argentina 2003 Sell This Version
CD-E 80521 Chaqueño Palavecino - Juan De La Calle album art Chaqueño Palavecino Juan De La Calle(CD, Album) DBN CD-E 80521 Argentina 2004 Sell This Version
CD-D 80571 Chaqueño Palavecino - El Gusto Es Mío album art Chaqueño Palavecino El Gusto Es Mío(2xCD, Album) DBN CD-D 80571 Argentina 2006 Sell This Version
CD-E 80581 Chaqueño Palavecino - Chaco Escondido... Yo Soy De Allá album art Chaqueño Palavecino Chaco Escondido... Yo Soy De Allá(CD, Album) DBN CD-E 80581 Argentina 2007 Sell This Version
CD-80582 Chaqueño Palavecino - Abrazando Al Caudillo album art Chaqueño Palavecino Abrazando Al Caudillo(CD, Album) DBN CD-80582 Argentina 2008 Sell This Version
Chaqueño Palavecino - La Fiesta - En Vivo album art Soledad - Chaqueño Palavecino - Los Nocheros Soledad - Chaqueño Palavecino - Los Nocheros - La Fiesta - En Vivo (Album) Columbia, Sony Music Argentina 2009 Sell This Version
CD 51851 Chaqueño Palavecino - 25 Años album art Chaqueño Palavecino 25 Años(CD, Album) DBN CD 51851 Argentina 2010 Sell This Version
CD 52180 Chaqueño Palavecino - Mi Cielo Terrenal album art Chaqueño Palavecino Mi Cielo Terrenal(CD, Album) DBN CD 52180 Argentina 2011 Sell This Version
CD 52253 Chaqueño Palavecino - De Pura Cepa album art Chaqueño Palavecino De Pura Cepa(CD, Album) DBN CD 52253 Argentina 2013 Sell This Version
52353 Chaqueño Palavecino - Pa' Mi Gente album art Chaqueño Palavecino Pa' Mi Gente(CD, Album) DBN 52353 Argentina 2014 Sell This Version


CDE-80194 Chaqueño Palavecino - Veinte Éxitos Del Zorzal Chacosalteño album art Chaqueño Palavecino Veinte Éxitos Del Zorzal Chacosalteño(CD, Album, Comp) DBN CDE-80194 Argentina 1996 Sell This Version
CDE 80.531 Chaqueño Palavecino - 20 Grandes Éxitos album art Chaqueño Palavecino 20 Grandes Éxitos(CD, Comp) DBN CDE 80.531 Argentina 2005 Sell This Version


5 80541 Chaqueño Palavecino - En Vivo / Buenos Aires album art Chaqueño Palavecino En Vivo / Buenos Aires(DVD-V, Album, NTSC, Dol) DBN 5 80541 Argentina 2005 Sell This Version