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Name: Norberto 'Pappo' Napolitano  
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Date of Birth: 10th March 1950
Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Profession: Composer
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Pappo is the pseudonym of Argentine rock musician Norberto Napolitano (Buenos Aires, 10 March 1950 - Luján, Buenos Aires province, 24 February 2005).


A native of the middle-class La Paternal neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Pappo started playing the guitar at an early age, and became active in Argentine rock since its beginnings; Pappo was a force in its transition from English to Spanish as guitarist of Los Gatos, the first rock band to enter the mainstream charts in Argentina.

He also played in the first incarnation of cult band Los Abuelos de la Nada and in the quasi-psychedelic La Pesada del Rock and Roll.

With his band, Pappo's Blues, he recorded and toured extensively. He became an underground working-class hero, but received no radio airplay. In the mid-1970s, Pappo spent some time in Brazil and also in England, playing alongside Peter Green (formerly of Fleetwood Mac), Lemmy Kilmister (who later achieved fame with Motörhead), and other rock and blues greats.

Back in Argentina, Pappo formed Riff, a heavy metal band. During the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas war, Argentine music was given a large share of radio play, and Riff became popular with rockers.

With the advent of popular blues bands in the 1980s, such as Memphis La Blusera, Pappo was recognized as the godfather of Argentine blues. As such, he enjoyed the appreciation of B. B. King who admitted cherishing many of Pappo's records, and with whom he played at the Madison Square Garden in 1993 and 1994.

Since 1984, Pappo alternated solo work with re-unions of Pappo's Blues and Riff.

Pappo's other love was car racing. He raced in Argentina's top stock-car category, Turismo Carretera, and in motorcycle races, with limited success.

Pappo died in a road accident in Luján, Buenos Aires province on 24 February 2005. He went to dine out with his son Luciano and his son's girlfriend. According to the restaurant owner, Pappo left the restaurant inebriated; Luciano denies this allegation. Pappo's Harley-Davidson chopper touched Luciano's motorcycle; Pappo lost control and eventually hit a wall, which caused his death.

One of the greatest hits by Pappo is Mi vieja ("My Mom"), a heavy-metal tribute to all mothers.


Los Abuelos De La Nada

  • La Estación, 1968

Los Gatos

  • Beat Nº1, 1969
  • Rock de la mujer perdida, 1970

Pappo's Blues

  • Pappo's Blues, 1971
  • Pappo's Blues Volumen 2, 1972
  • Pappo's Blues Volumen 3, 1973
  • Triángulo, 1974
  • Pappo's Blues Volumen 4, 1974
  • Pappo's Blues Volumen 6, 1975
  • Pappo's Blues Volumen 7, 1978
  • Blues Local, 1992
  • Hombre suburbano, 1994
  • Caso cerrado, 1995
  • El auto rojo, 1999


  • Aeroblus, 1977


  • Ruedas de metal, 1981
  • Macadam 3...2...1...0, 1981
  • Contenidos, 1982
  • En acción, 1983
  • Epico, 1984
  • VII, 1985
  • Riff'n Roll, 1986
  • Zona de nadie, 1992
  • Que sea Rock, 1997

Pappo (solo)

  • Nunca lo sabrán, 1968
  • En Concierto, 1984
  • Plan Diabólico, 1987
  • Widow Maker, 1989
  • Pappo & Deacon Jones, 1993
  • Pappo sigue vivo, 1994
  • Pappo y Amigos, 2000
  • Buscando un amor, 2003

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