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Argentina's 'Elvis' Sandro has left the casa

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(Read caption) In this undated file photo, Argentina's popular singer Roberto Sánchez, better known as Sandro, performs in Buenos Aires. Mr. Sánchez, the first Latin American to sing in Madison Square Garden, died Monday.

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Thousands of Argentines thronged the streets of Buenos Aires Wednesday, singing and tossing red roses on a black hearse.

It may sound like a scene from the musical "Evita," but they were crying for the 'Elvis' of Argentina, "Sandro."

Some 50,000 paid their respects to Roberto Sánchez, the name given to the star when he was born in 1945, Tuesday and Wednesday in a 24-hour stream through the Salón de los Pasos Perdidos in the Argentine Congress, according to the Argentine daily Clarín.

Sandro was the first Latin American artist to play in Madison Square Garden – in the 1970s – according to the Associated Press. Other Latin performers – Shakira (Colombia), Luis Miguel (Puerto Rico), Maná (Mexico), Juanes (Colombia), and Daddy Yankee (Puerto Rico) – have followed.

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