Friday, 31 October 2014

1959 - Nat King Cole - Cab Calloway - Brenda Lee


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.

26 April 1959 - the great Cab Cawoway opens on 29 April 1959, at the Copacabana Palace in glorious Rio de Janeiro. 
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.

9 August 1959 - OESP's cartoonist Morales J. Morales' vision of Marlene Dietrich on the stage of Teatro Record.
Teatro Record on Rua da Consolação, 2008 showing Marlene Dietrich in 1959. See the tram rails on the street. 
11 August 1959 - Teatro Record stage still had the scent of Dietrich when Sarah Vaughn started her 6-day stint.  

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
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.


  1. Great article! Thanks for the great ads I've included in my article (quoting your source) about the Cotton Club Revue tour in 1959 :