Rubén “Pelo” Aprile, the Argentine producer and record man who was a central figure in the history of Argentine rock and pop, has died, sources and published reports confirm. He was pivotal in the success of acts like Charly García, Illya Kuryaki, Mercedes Sosa and Luis Alberto Spinetta, among many others.
Aprile passed away on Thursday (June 3) in a hospital in Buenos Aires of complications from COVID-19. He was 71.
Aprile, a gregarious man known for his “asados” (Argentine barbecues) and long chats over whiskey, founded Argentine label Interdisc in in 1977, releasing music by the likes of Spinetta, García, Celeste Carballo and Pedro Aznar, and first albums by rock legends like Andrés Calamaro and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.