Cortez was born in Rancul, La Pampa Province, Argentina. He began elementary school and the Alberto Williams conservatory at the age of six. He began composing songs at twelve, including "Un cigarrillo, la lluvia y tú". Later he entered Manuel Ignacio Molina de San Rafael Junior High School in Mendoza province. There he continued his studies of music at the Chopin of San Rafael conservatory.
At seventeen, Cortez became the singer of the Arizona orchestra, and he is known as Chiquito García. At eighteen, he went to study in the Social Sciences and Law School of Buenos Aires and sang in bars to help himself with his studies. Later Cortez began to sing in the orchestra of Mario Cardi and later was contracted to sing in the San Francisco jazz orchestra. With this travel over all the country. Begins to use his pseudonym "Alberto Cortez" while singing with the orchestra of Armando Pointier. Cortez dropped out school and dedicated himself fully to music.
At twenty, Cortez travelled by ship to Genova and then by train to Antwerp, Belgium. There he recorded his first record.
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