Friday, 31 October 2014

1965 - Michele, Pavone, Fidenco & O Fino da Bossa

As 1965 started out no one could ever think things would be turned topsy-turvy before the middle of the year. Up to mid-May 1965, Italian acts raged supreme like Michele, Edoardo Vianello in his 2nd visit; Rita Pavone in her come-back tour and romantic balladeer Nico Fidenco who was received with open arms by Brazilians who were fond of the Italian music. 

But for some mystical reason, Nico Fidenco who had spear-headed the Italian-music-invasion back in 1963 with 'Legata a un granello di sabbia' starting the whole phenomenon that lasted about 2 years was destined to be the last Italian act to appear on the stage of Teatro Record before it changed tack and started a new and glorious phase that changed Brazilian pop-music in its core. 

Brazilian pop-music would reign supreme before the year was over. TV Record manager Paulinho Machado de Carvalho would not have to pay top-dollars to foreign acts to perform at his theatre on Rua da Consolação in Sao Paulo. Local talent would do it for a lot less and ten-fold the profits. 

It all started on 24 May 1965, when TV Record and its management decided they would use Teatro Record on Monday nights to record 'O Fino da Bossa', a musical hour with rising star Elis Regina commanding a variety show of exclusively Brazilian pop-music that would then be broadcast throughout Brazil on Wednesday nights. 

Before 1965 reached its end, TV Record had turned itself around producing musical shows from its Theatre that catered to almost all tastes and trends. 'Jovem Guarda' on Sunday afternoons took care of the rock'n'roll and teen-age crowd; 'Bossaudade' with Elizeth Cardoso catered to the old-timers from the 40s and 50s. 'Corte-Royal Show' would appease those who enjoy middle-of-the-road music or the so-called 'easy-listening'. 

So 'O Fino da Bossa' was the death knell of the foreign-attraction-format so dear to Mr. Paulo Machado de Carvalho since he started it in 1957, signing up Louis Armstrong for a series of concerts in Sao Paulo. 

The year started with Italian rock singer Michele (Maisano) who sang his string of hits like 'Se mi vuoi lasciare', 'Cosa vuoi da me?', 'Ridi', 'Ti ringrazio perchè' etc. He performed at Teatro Record on 14 & 15 January 1965.


7 February 1965 - US Connie Francis performed at Teatro Cultura Artística on 8 February 1965 and the show was broadcast by TV Excelsior, Channel 9. Connie Francis had flown from Rome in Italy where she took part in the popular Festival di San Remo 1965.

French actor Alain Delon does a personal appearance at Sao Paulo's Cine Metro on the Monday, 15 March 1965 at the premiere of Alain Cavalier's 'L'insoumis' (Terei o direito de matar?); Delon is introduced on the stage by Renato Macedo radio speaker with Radio Record.  


Edoardo Vianello's 2nd appearance in Sao Paulo: 18, 19, 20 & 21 March 1965.



Theatre Record has been known to present some foreign attractions  from a variety of places that they dub pompously as ‘international  superstars’. But we think this is a misnomer.

From then on the articulist dribbles his venom against poor Edoardo Vianello saying he is not a superstar in the sense of Frank Sinatra, Caterina Valente or Maurice Chevalier.

That’s the problem in having old timers writing reviews for a conservative newspaper that doesn’t see the passing of time and keeps time as if it were an old grandfather clock on the wall. 

He says Vianello is just another singer like thousands of others. Um compositor de êxito passageiro, autor e interprete de ‘Guarda come dondolo’, cançoneta sestrosa e mexeriqueira (?) que serviu de fundo musical à apresentação do filme best-seller ‘Il sorpasso’...

Actually, the columnist is just blabbering (as usual). He probably had never heard about Edoardo Vianello when he was given the task to write a review of his show for the paper.

Vianello was popular in Brazil with songs like ‘Abbrozatissima’ and ‘O mio Signore’ that played ad nauseum on the radio and sold thousands of copies, but the journalist must have never heard them. He must have been living on planet oblivion.

In other words, the review is just a lot of non-sense of someone who doesn’t know his trade or is too lazy to go after the facts.

The columnist doesn’t even know the Brazilian title of Dino Risi's 1962 ‘Il sorpasso’ which is ‘Aquele que sabe viver’, starring Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak & Jean Louis Trintignant. He must have read it somewhere Vianello had his song in the sound-track and he thought it smart to quote it but he didn't have a clue about the song or the singer-song-writer.

daily 'O Estado de S.Paulo' review of Edoardo Vianello's recital at Teatro Record 

six new Italian talents performed at Teatro Record on 31st March, 1, 2 & 3 April 1965. 


Rita Pavone is back from 27 April to 1st May 1965.


Nico Fidenco was one of the last foreign acts to perform at Teatro Record - from 12 to 16 May 1965. As of 24 May 1965, a Monday, TV Record entered a new phase giving all its attention to the internal Brazilian music market. 'O Fino da Bossa', a Brazilian pop music TV programme was taped every Monday night at Teatro Record and beamed on the following Wednesday at Channel 7 in S.Paulo, Channel 13 in Rio de Janeiro and other capital cities.

By the end of 1965, TV Record was utterly committed to the various types of Brazilian music using its theatre on Rua da Consolação to video-tape 'O Fino da Bossa' on Mondays, 'Bossaudade' on Wednesdays, 'Corte-Royal Show' on Thursdays, 'Jovem Guarda' on Sunday afternoons and other programmes were soon to be devised.  


Actually, Jewish singer Hanna Ahroni performs at Teatro Record from Tue. 25 May 1965 through to Saturday 29 May 1965.


31 July 1965 - Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto who made the USA her home since late 1962 when she moved there with her former husband João Gilberto is signed up by TV Record as a 'foreign act' and performs only twice on the Saturday. Astrud's opening acts were impressive: dancer turned singer Lennie Dale, Alaide Costa, a very young Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Taiguara and virtuoso guitarrist Rosinha de Valença. Astrud shot to fame after Verve Records decided to release 'The girl from Ipanema' as a single and it went to #5 at the Billboard charts in 18 July 1964, a track culled from her husband's album he shared with Stan Getz. As the track was 5 minutes long, Verve edited it to 3 minutes and chuck out João Gilberto's portuguese part.  

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