Monday, 23 January 2017

Teddy Randazzo - May 1959

Rock'n'roller Teddy Randazzo was in Brazil in May 1959 on his way to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he'd been signed by a local TV station. Teddy performed every night at Jardim de Inverno Fasano, on Avenida Paulista, whose ad on Estadão claims: 'astro cinematográfico Teddy Randazzo, o mais sério candidato à corôa de James Dean'.

Randazzo's rock-ballad 'Pretty blue eyes' had been covered by German-Brazilian singer George Freedman for California Records, a small Sao Paulo label but Randazzo's records themselves were not released here.

As Fasano was a posh upper middle-class joint, most Brazilian rock fans could not afford to go and see him, so we could say Teddy Randazzo's tour in Brazil was unfortunately a non-event... or a badly managed one.

30 April 1959 - advertisement on daily 'O Estado de S.Paulo' announces Teddy Randazzo's shows every night from 1st to 7 May 1959, at Jardim de Inverno Fasano. 

26 April 1959 - Estadão's columnist Mary Wynne says: No dia 1o. de Maio chegará no Fasano um jovem cantor norte-americano. Teddy Randazzo é especialista em 'rock and roll' e outras musicas queridas da mocidade dos States, apresentando-se trajando 'blue jeans' e cantando tipo Elvis Presley. É possível um show matinée numa tarde, especialmente reservada para o 'younger set' de São Paulo, tudo em beneficio a uma 'sweet charity'. 
29 April 1959 - o Fasano entrará no páreo na sexta-feira quando estreará o jovem cantor de rock'n'roll Teddy Randazzo. Imaginem se se repetir a enchente da noite de Nat 'King' Cole. Naquela noite, quando eu dizia ao ser. Ruggerio Fasano que eu gostaria de ver o mesmo movimento todas as noites, ele respondeu, 'Oh, não, eu não aguentaria!'. 
5 April 1959 - Estadão's columnist Mary Wynne says columnist Egas Muniz told her Jardim de Inverno Fasano would sign some international attractions to perform at their restaurant on Avenida Paulista. US singer Damita Jo would be engaged from 17 to 23 April 1959; Teddy Randazzo would be there from 1st to 7 May 1959.
1st May 1959 - columnist Mary Wynne says: Jardim de Inverno Fasano, com excelente cozinha e impecável serviço, jantar desde as 19:00 horas, musica para dançar com dois ótimos conjuntos a partir das 22:00 horas... jovem cantor norte-americano Teddy Randazzo, especialista em 'rock and roll'. 
3 May 1959 - Here's the proof Teddy Randazzo performed at Jardim de Inverno Fasano for at least 5 days in May 1959. It is really baffling that no photo of Randazzo's ever appeared in any newspaper or magazine. It is really mind-boggling.

20 May 1959 - a little note written by Miguel Vaccaro Netto at daily 'Ultima Hora' says: 'Teddy Randazzo esteve em São Paulo. Passa da gravadora Vik para a ABC-Paramount, a mesma gravadora de Paul Anka.' 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Dizzy Gillespie 13 August 1956

13 August 1956 - Dizzy Gillespie and his orchestra visited Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1956 before TV stations sponsored foreign acts... Teatro Santana was demolished not long after Gillespie's presentation.  

Monday, 28 December 2015

Joan Crawford


even though this blog is not concerned with Hollywood celebrities unless they performe some sort of musical act on the stage... we could not overlook such a star as Joan Crawford seen here holding a MANCHETE magazine with herself on the cover while visiting Rio de Janeiro in July 1960.


Monday, 9 February 2015

Louis Armstrong 1957

17 November 1957 -
Brazilian Marine Police file on Louis Armstrong when he visited the country in 1957 to ´play trumpet and sing the blues in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro. Armstrong played to President Juscelino Kubitschek and me the Brazilian music royalty like Pixinguinha, Ataulpho Alves, Herivelto Martins etc. 




24 November 1957 -

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Tony Curtis - 30 September 1961



Actor Tony Curtis was still one of the most popular Hollywood actors in 1961, especially after his portrayal of a pretty slave-boy in Stanley Kubrik' s blockbuster 'Spartacus' in late 1960. He was working in 'Taras Buba' made in Argentina. On his way to Buenos Aires, Tony stayed in S.Paulo where he found time to do little businesses here and there. His wife Janet Leigh (who was riding still higher from her portrayal of the main victim in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') brought their 2 children to visit the father on lacation in Argentina. Little did Janet know that Curtis was having a torrid affair with German starlet Christine Kauffman who he would eventually marry shortly after dumping Janet & the kids.

Well, well that was Tony Curtis doing his thing. He was persuaded by someone at TV Record in presenting an impromptu one-night-stand variety show at Teatro Record on Saturday night, 30 September 1961 to be broadcast on Channel 7. It was easy to fill the entire theatre with so many fans eager to pay top cruzeiros to have the chance to see the heart throb in person. Brazilian comedian Chocolate who knew how to ad-lib for hours was signed to support Tony Curtis fill a whole hour with all sorts of non-sense to keep the audience intertained. Tony must have even tried to sing.

Tony Curtis in Argentina in 1961.
Janet Leigh brought the kids down to see their daddy Tony who was more interested in Christine K.


Janet Leigh em anúncio do sabonete Lever, na mesma Capricho de 1961.]


Tony Curtis dines at Hotel Jaraguá with Harry Stone & missus plus the man from fabric manufacturer Brasperola that made the best linen in town and sponsored his performance at TV Record.

1st October 1961 - OESP - Tony Curtis and Chocolate 'desconversam em inglês e português' (un-speak in English & Portuguese) no palco do Teatro Record. O ator foi aplaudido ontem à tarde por uma platéia de adolescentes entusiasmados.   

At São Paulo minha cidade, Mirça B.Pinto wrote  in 20 January 2012, about having met Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh:

Em uma ocasião, a Sra. Gaspar Diez, agente da Cia. Ybarra de Navegação e mãe de minhas amigas Montserrat e Valentina, conseguiu que fôssemos apresentadas ao casal Tony Curtis-Janet Leigh no Hotel Jaraguá pelo sr. H. Stone, empresário da maioria dos atores americanos que visitavam o Brasil. Ficamos 2 ou 3 horas no aguardo de vê-los e recebermos um autógrafo no saguão do andar que estavamos hospedadas; fazendo que no dia seguinte, fôssemos nós as celebridades da escola, pois havíamos conseguido a façanha quase impossível: ficar cara a cara com astros de Hollywood!

Lembro-me que usei saia pregueada de tergal branca, blusa roxa de boucle, e meu primeiro sapato de saltinho (baby) também branco. Estava usando perfume Shalimar, que foi alvo de comentário positivo de Miss Leigh, que achei muito magra - naquela época as mulheres tinham corpo 'violão', tipo Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida etc.   by_laser@yahoo.com.br


João Felix wrote in 22 January 2012: Mirça, lembro bem dessa data. O Hotel Jaraguá era um dos melhores da cidade. Eu era taxista e estava deixando um passageiro na porta do Hotel quando vi Tony Curtis e Janet Leigh, junto com a filha bem pequenininha, uns 3 aninhos (hoje é Jamie Lee Curtis, uma atriz de primeiro) saindo e entrando no carro que estava na minha frente. Eu era vidrado pela Janet & Tony e os segui discretamente desde o Hotel, pela 9 de Julho, subindo a rampa to tunel até a Avenida Paulista. Cheguei a abanar as mãos a eles, e num gesto muito simpático, eles retribuiram o aceno. Eles acabaram por entrar pela garagem de um edifício e aí os perdi de vista. Foi emocionante para mim ve-los de tão perto.  jfvilanova@gmail.com

http://www.saopaulominhacidade.com.br/historia/ver/5916/Justin%2BBieber%252C%2BTony%2BCurtis%2B%252B%2BJaneth%2BLeigh%252C%2BFrancisco%2BAlves


19 April 1961 - Just a few months before, 'Who was that lady?' (Quem era aquela pequena?) released in April 1960 in the USA - showed Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh as the perfect Hollywood couple. Two years later they would apply for divorce. 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Eri Chiemi - November 1961



Eri Chiemi nasceu em 11 Janeiro 1937 em Tokyo, sendo a caçula entre 3 irmãos. 'Tennessee Waltz', lançada em 23 Janeiro 1952 fez muito sucesso dando inicio a uma onda de jazz e pop e surgimento de cantoras como Peggy Hayama e Yukimura Izumi, além de Kosaka Kazuya e o rockabilly.

Em 1953 participou do NHK Kouhaku Utagassen com a canção 'Guy is a Guy'. Junto com Misora Hibari e Yukimura Izumi foi conhecida como Sannin Musume, participando em filmes como 'Junken Musume' em 1955.

Em 1957 casa-se com Takakura Ken, ator e cantor. Em 1963, Eri foi Elisa in 'My fair lady' no Teatro Takarazuka.

Eri morreu em 13 Fevereiro 1982, com 45 anos, vitima de sufocamento. Ela engasgou e foi encontrada morta no quarto. Sua morte repentina chocou o Japão.


16 participações de Eri Chiemi no Kouhaku Utagassen:

1953 - Guy is a Guy
1954 - Usukudara
1955 - Uramachi no Otenba Musume
1956 - Otenba Kiki
1957 - Yamumi Yamumi
1958 - Sanosa Bushi
1959 - Yakki Bushi
1960 - Soran Bushi
1961 - Swanee
1962 - Niji no Kanata ni
1963 - Odori Akasou
1964 - Kisoji Bushi
1965 - Geishva Ondo
1966 - Watashi dake no Anata
1967 - Hitori Naku Yo no Waltz
1968 - Yakki Bushi


Eri Chiemi & Ken Takakura

'Tennessee Waltz', Eri Chiemi's first hit

Ken Takakura & Eri Chiemi

Peggy Hayma's rendition of Dolores Duran's 'A noite do meu bem'.


Friday, 31 October 2014

1959 - Nat King Cole - Cab Calloway - Brenda Lee

1959

Roy Hamilton                                               March 9 to 15
Nat 'King' Cole                                             April 21st to 25
Cab Calloway (The Cotton Club Revue)        May 28 to June 7th
Yma Sumac                                                  June 8 to14
Renato Carosone & suo complesso               July 29 to August 4th
Marlene Dietrich                                           August 4 to 9
Sarah Vaughn                                               August 11 to 16
Domenico Modugno                                     September 2nd to 6th 
Brenda Lee                                                   September 10 to 16
Charles Aznavour                                         October 28 & 29
Billy Eckstine                                               December 1st to 6                                        

15 March 1959 - US's Roy Hamilton was the first international attraction of 1959. He sang at Teatro Record and also at Jardim de Inverno Fasano on Avenida Paulista.
5 April 1959 - Nat 'King' Cole who turned out to be the biggest international attraction ever to visit these shores is announced from 21 through 24 April 1959 at Teatro Paramount at 8:00 and 10:00 PM.

21 May 1959 - here's the Cotton Club Revue of 1959 which received rave-reviews from everyone led by the great Cabell (Cab) Calloway - jazz singer & band-leader. Mary Wynne says Freddy Feld spent the week-end in Rio de Janeiro and told her Cab Calloway (born on 25 December 1907) was still the same at 52 years old as he was at 32 when he was on top. Ms Wynne gets all nostalgic remembering her young years at college when she'd hear a lot of Mr Calloway's 'hey-de-ho'... The Cotton Club Revue has a cast of 30 dancers and singers presenting a complete vaudeville show. 
Cab Calloway in the 1930s.
Cab in his famous zoot-suit in the 1940s. 
13 June 1959 - Peruvian sensation Yma Sumac sang at Teatro Record for a whole week and also at Jardim de Inverno Fasano on 12 and 13 June 1959. 

Domenico Modugno from 2 to 6 September 1959 at Teatro Record; he also sang at Cine Universo, the largest cinema in the city located at Penha, on the Sunday.
Domenico Modugno in 1959.
Domenico Modugno is the bone of contention between Marisa and Dolores Duran in Rio in 1959. Miss Duran would live less than a month after this shot. She died on 24 October 1959.
10 September 1959 - 14 year-old Brenda Lee starts tonight at Teatro Record while Domenico Modugno is saying good bye to the city at Cine Universo, the largest cinema in Sao Paulo. Mr Modugno is preceded by 'Folias 1959', a musical revue produced by Abelardo Figueiredo and starred by Otelo Zeloni
Teatro Record on Rua da Consolação, 2008 showing Marlene Dietrich in 1959. See the tram rails on the street. 
Charles Aznavour on 28 & 29 October 1959 at Teatro Record. 

28 November 1959 - US act Billy Eckstine appears at Teatro Record nightly from 1st to 6 December.
5 December 1959 - the opening act for Billy Eckstine was a millionaire revue 'Você falou, tá falado' (You've always got the last word) with top show girl Mara Rubia and Consuelo Leandro who could be a show girl and a comedienne to boot. 
6 December 1959 - Mary-go-round's Carrossel shows a photo with a smiling Billy Eckstine and Michel's owner Jimmy Christie. Eckstine was accompanied by the Fred Feld Trio at his night-club act at Michel's.
Revista do Radio, 9 January 1960.


Billy Eckstine in Revista do Rádio - 9 January 1960. Revista do Radio had a bias against foreign acts visiting Brazil. As the headlines says: 'He earned a fortune to sing in Brazil' the weekly magazine criticized Brazilian impresario Paulinho Machado de Carvalho for paying top dollars to have US and European acts come and perform at his Teatro Record in São Paulo. RR says the fee ran at $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) for top-entertainers which entailed they having to perform twice nightly from Tuesday through to Sunday. Sometimes they had a free day (usually Thursday) when they could travel to Rio and earn a little bit more on the side.