Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Italian acts visit Brazil 1964-1965

As of 1963, Italian acts became very well known in Brazil. Peppino Di Capri had already visited us in 1962, due mostly to his being a 'twist-act', not exactly an 'Italian act' per se. 1963 saw the emergence of Emilio Pericoli with 'Al di là' following the success of US film 'Rome adventure' (Candelabro Italiano) and Nico Fidenco with 'Legata a un granello di sabbia' - both singers visited Brazil still in 1963: Nico Fidenco in September and Pericoli in early December.

1964 became the year Italian acts dominated the Hit Parade. Here are some articles about some of the visits.

Rita Pavone was the greatest of them all. She had a #1 hit (Datemi un martello) plus the LP 'Meus 18 anos' at #1 in the album charts and an extended-play 'Adorabile' at #1 too. June 1964.

Rita Pavone left but news about her romance with local rock drummer Netinho continued to fill the pages of magazines. Even Rita's latest hit 'Scrivi' (Write to me) was seen as a plea for her beau to write her.

Rita Pavone came back in April 1965 for a repeat performance. But things were different this time. Rita lacked a #1 hit like the year before. Maybe the act was not as sensational as the 1st time. Brazilians had been surprised with Rita Pavone's cheek in 1964. Even so, Rita had Standing Room Only performances through the 6 consecutive days she performed at Teatro Record. 

Edoardo Vianello who had 2 major hits with 'Abbronzatissima' and 'O mio Signore' in 1964, visited Brazil in 1964 and 1965. 

Michele, who had 'Se mi vuoi lasciare' at #1 in 1964, and a best-selling album too, visited São Paulo and Rio in 1965.

Italians were so much in demand in 1964-1965 that even utterly unknown acts like these six singers were welcome anyway. Mary Di Pietro had a fling with Rita Pavone's ex-beau Netinho while she visited Argentina earlier in the year. Giancarlo Guardabassi recorded for RCA Italiana and was the only act who had released records here - mostly in the form of compilation albums. Ricardo Del Turco was the luckiest one in the group: while in Brazil he heard Demonios da Garôa's 'Trem das Onze', translated the tune into Italian, recorded it as 'Figlio unico' and had the biggest hit of his career.

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