Gilda (singer)

Miriam Alejandra Bianchi (11 October 1961 – 7 September 1996), known by her stage name Gilda (pronounced /ˈʃil.da/ by Spanish-speaking fans and journalists) was an Argentinian cumbia singer and songwriter.

Background information
Birth nameMiriam Alejandra Bianchi
Born(1961-10-11)October 11, 1961
Buenos Aires, Argentina
DiedSeptember 7, 1996(1996-09-07) (aged 34)
Villa Paranacito, Argentina
Years active1991–1996



Her stage name was chosen in honour of the femme fatale character played by Rita Hayworth in Gilda, the eponymous film. Gilda started getting involved in music while organizing festivals at a Catholic school. After meeting musician and agent Juan Carlos "Toti" Giménez, Gilda became a backup singer, joining a band called La Barra and soon participated in a second band called Crema Americana. In 1993, Giménez convinced her to start a solo career, recording De corazón a corazón ("From heart to heart") after signing up to local label Magenta. The following year, La única ("The one and only") featuring the hit Corazón herido ("Heart broken") and La puerta ("The door") was released.

In 1995, Pasito a pasito ("Step by step") was released, including the hit (and one of her most popular songs) No me arrepiento de este amor ("I don't regret this love").


On September 7, 1996 Gilda died in a tragic accident while touring the country to promote her last and most successful album, Corazón valiente ("Brave heart"). Gilda, along with her mother, her daughter, three of her musicians and the bus driver died when a truck crossed the highway median and struck her touring bus head-on on km 129 of National Route 12 (Argentina) in the Province of Entre Ríos, Argentina.


Shortly after her death, Gilda was credited by her fans with achieving miracles and some even called her a saint.[1][2] On her birthday, fans go to her shrine at the accident site and leave blue candles, flowers, gifts and other offerings.

At the time of her death, Gilda was working on a new album, but only recorded five songs, which were included on the 1997 posthumous album called No es mi despedida ("Not my farewell"). The album included one of her most successful songs: "Se me ha perdido un corazón", two live songs and some songs of other tropical singers. Another album of unreleased material and demos called "Las alas del alma" was released in 1999. Among her best-known songs are Fuiste ("You were"), No me arrepiento de este amor and No es mi despedida.

Some of her songs were re-edited after her death, most notably Attaque 77's version of No me arrepiento de este amor.


Studio albums

  1. 1992 – De corazón a corazón – Disgal S.A.
  2. 1993 – La única – Clan Music
  3. 1994 – Pasito a pasito con... Gilda (CD) – Clan music
  4. 1995 – Pasito a pasito con... Gilda (LP) – Santa Fe Records
  5. 1995 – Corazón valiente (Gold and Double Platinum album in Argentina) – es:Leader Music
  6. 1996 – Si hay alguien en tu vida – es:Magenta Discos
  7. 1997 – Entre el cielo y la tierra (posthumous) – Leader Music

Other albums

  1. 1997 – 17 Grandes éxitos y remixes – Por siempre Gilda – Universal Music Group
  2. 1997 – Un sueño hecho realidad – Magenta Discos
  3. 1998 – Por siempre Gilda 2 – Grandes Exitos y Remixados – Universal Music Group
  4. 1999 – Cuando canta el corazón – Universal Music Group
  5. 1999 – Las alas del alma – Leader Music
  6. 1999 – Un sueño hecho realidad 2 – Temas inéditos – Magenta Discos
  7. 1999 – Gildance – Músicavisión
  8. 1999 – El álbum de oro – Universal Music Group
  9. 2000 – Desde el alma [Grandes éxitos] – Universal Music Group
  10. 2004 – Colección furia tropical – Warner Bros. Records
  11. 2005 – Colección de oro Vol 1 – Magenta Discos
  12. 2005 – Colección de oro Vol 2 – Magenta Discos
  13. 2006 – Megamix (24 Hits) – Leader Music
  14. 2007 – La única – Leader Music
  15. 2008 – La más grande – Magenta Discos
  16. 2011 – Un amor verdadero (DVD) – Leader Music
  17. 2011 – 20 grandes éxitos – Leader Music
  18. 2011 – No me arrepiento de este amor – Leader Music
  19. 2014 – Grandes éxitos – Magenta Discos

In the media

In 2012 the Grupo Editorial Planeta published Gilda, la abanderada de la bailanta (her only authorized biography), by journalist Alejandro Margulis.[3][4][5]

In 2015 the play Gilda was inaugurated in Buenos Aires with Florencia Berthold in the lead role and directed by Iván Espeche.[6]

I'm Gilda, a biopic about her life and career was released on September 15, 2016, the 20th anniversary of her death [7] featuring Natalia Oreiro as Gilda as well as several musicians from her original band.[8]


Portions based on a translation from Spanish Wikipedia.

  1. Eberspacher, Sarah. "Argentina's Outlaw Saints". The Week. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. "Gilda de Los Milagros". La Nación. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  3. Rovaletti, Julieta. "Gilda Ya Tiene Una Obra Que Cuenta Su Vida". La Nacion. La Nacion S.A. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. Margulis, Alejandro. Gilda, La Abanderada de La Bailanta. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Editorial Planeta. ISBN 9789504929659.
  5. Margulis, Alejandro (August 2016). Santa Gilda. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Editorial Planeta. ISBN 9789504953890. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  6. "Gilda Ya Tiene Su Obra Teatral". Télam. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  7. Gallego, Rolando. "Rodajes: Comienza El Rodaje de "Gilda: No Me Arrepiento de Este Amor"". Escribiendo Cine. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  8. Ponzone, Javier. "Natalia Oreiro Será Gilda". Rating Cero. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
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