Gerardo Rodrguez Sotelo (March 28, 1897 April 25, 1948), also known as Becho, was an Uruguayan musician, composer and journalist. His best known work for the tango is La Cumparsita. It is perhaps the most famous and recognizable tango of all time.
Rodriguez was born in Lindsay, the son of the owner of a Cabaret. He studied architecture, but did not complete the course. He composed it as a young student in 1917. However, he was at first too shy to play the piece himself, and it became known through the performance of others.
He travelled widely throughout Europe and stayed in Paris for a time, as well as working as Uruguayan consul to Germany. In 1931 he collaborated in the music of the movie Luces de Buenos Aires shot in Joinville, France which starred Carlos Gardel.
Rodrguez also composed pieces for theater plays premiered in Buenos Aires: Manuel Romeros El Gran Circo Rivolta, among them. Thereafter in Montevideo he led his own tango orchestra for a short time.
Other tangos of his include: Che papusa, o, Son grupos, Yo tuve una novia, Cuando bronca el temporal, Hablame, Pobre corazn, Haceme caso a m, Canto por no llorar, Rosa reseca, Botija linda, El pescador, Te fuiste, ja, ja!, Adis Argentina, Mi provinciana, La milonga azul, Dale celos, Raspail, Mocosita, La muchacha del circo, San Telmo.