Wednesday, 14 June 2017

João Gilberto smashes a guitar on Tito Madi's head




Saturday night14 January 1961, at around 9:30 PM Tito Madi whose real name is Chauki Madi, 31 years old, single, living on Rua Melo Alves500, Jardim America, was at Teatro Record's backstage waiting to be called onstage to receive a Chico Viola Award for 'Menina moça' his Columbia record which was one of the 25 best selling singles of 1959.

In a matter of minutes Tito Madi had to be rushed to Hospital das Clinicas's Emergency Room with a head injury that covered him in blood. The mess was great. Madi got 10 stiches on his skull but apparently the cut was not deep. How did it all happen? Fellow singer João Gilberto who was waiting to receive a Chico Viola Award for 'O amor, o sorriso e a flor' - the album of the year - had smashed a guitar on top of Tito's head causing all the commotion. 

17 January 1961 - Tuesday - 'Ultima Hora' tells its version of how it happened. João Gilberto who had been playing his acoustic guitar backstage was told to quiet down as the noise was coming through to the audience disturbing the function. Apparently João got angry at the way Tito Madi had asked for silence - 'Psiu! meaning 'shoo!' - lifted the said-musical-intrumental and struck Tito's head full on. 

A police inquest was open at a near-by police station. Even though Tito Madi tried to shield his aggressor from prosecution - cooking up a story he had brushed his head against some stairs - he was contradicted by the confession of an eye-witness, Antonio Lafuente Baston, 60 years old, living on Rua Maceió, 90. Mr Lafuente said he saw João Gilberto smashing a guitar on top of Tito Madi's head, who immediately lost his sense and colapsed on the floor. 

Singers Isaurinha Garcia (received the trophy for 'Ninho do Nonô) and Elza Soares (for 'Se acaso você chegasse') who were near by, saw the whole thing and had their evening gowns besmirched with Tito's blood corroborated the story at the P.D.

'Ultima Hora' 17 January 1961.

19 January 1961 - Thursday - Five days after the fracas, João Gilberto comes out of the shadows - in far away Rio de Janeiro - to give 'Ultima Hora' his version of what happened on Saturday night at Teatro Record's backstage: 'Tito Madi was the aggressor not me!'

'Elza Soares and Isaurinha Garcia had invited me to keep them company at their dressing room. Elza started singing on the spur-of-the-moment and I accompanied her on my guitar. That's when we heard a loud thud on the wall coming from the next dressing room. I cried: 'Stop that, you jerk!' (Para com isso, seu ignorante!)'. 

'A moment later who comes into the room but Tito Madi, the 'jerk' himself. He was raring to fight having pushed me aside with his knees. Elza and Isaurinha tried to avoid a scuffle but to no avail. I even remarked I didn't want to get upset because I was expected to sing onstage in a few minutes. Tito couldn't control his rage and slapped me hard. That's when I smashed the guitar on his head. That's all, folks!'

'Ultima Hora' 19 January 1961

At São Paulo's Teatro Record - on 14 January 1960, while waiting backstage at presentation of 'Chico Viola' Awards for the best selling recording artists of  1959 - João Gilberto lifted the acoustic guitar he had been playing and crashed it down on Tito Madi's head. 
Revista do Radio tells the whole fracas... 
According to Revista do Radio, the guitar which got smashed in the fracas didn't belong to João Gilberto but to Luiz Claudio. The only thing RR doesn't explain is how Luiz Claudio's guitar could have been in São Paulo when Luiz Claudio wasn't in the list of Chico Viola's awardees. 
Tito Madi married Lucia Maria Hemaís on 21st January 1960, only a week after having been hit on head by a guitar wielded by João Gilberto. The wedding was at Saint Ignacio's Church at 6:00 PM.
some years later - Tito Madi with Lucia Maria, daughter & son. 

Friday, 9 June 2017

João Gilberto at Revista do Radio 1960

'Chega de saudade' with João Gilberto had been released in July 1958, but it took 5 months for it to reach the charts. Odeon promoters had already given up on the single when São Paulo D.J. Walter Silva took it to heart to make the record a hit by hook or by crook... and the gamble paid it in the end. 

'Chega de saudade' hit Number One in São Paulo on 17 January 1959. João Gilberto and Bossa Nova had finally arrived. 

'Revista do Radio' shows João Gilberto's wife Astrud to the public for the 1st time; RR #540.
'Chega de saudade' with João Gilberto hits #1 on 17 January 1959
'Desafinado' with João Gilberto hits #1 on 9 May 1959.

Juca Chaves tried his best to be a Bossa Nova personality but he never quite made it. João Gilberto on the other hand never had to force it. Things came naturally to him. 


João Gilberto & wife Astrud are featured in a 2nd article at 'Revista do Radio' #575.
Revista do Radio's gossiper Candinha tells Astrud would become a singer herself after the birth of her baby - RR 1st October 1960.
'Correio da Manhã' 24 September 1960

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Elis Regina 1965

Elis Regina nearly died on 10 December 1965, a Friday. Here's how it happened as she told magazine Intervalo - 26 December 1965. 

Elis Regina tells Intervalo about her health problems in 1966.


Monday, 5 June 2017

Astrud Gilberto 1960, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65...

Legend says Astrud Gilberto became a professional singer by mere accident. That's not true at all. Astrud Evangelina Weinert had always had a dream of becoming a singer since she was a child. She made friends with Nara Leão when both were young ladies who loved to sing. It was while lounging at Nara's apartament that Astrud was introduced to singer-guitar-player João Gilberto who fell in love in her immediately. 

Astrud didn't think about marrying João but as time went by she realized she loved to sing accompanied by João's guitar. That did it! Astrud married João in May 1959. 

One year later, on Friday, 20 May 1960, Astrud was introduced as a professional singer at legendary 'Night of love, smile & flower' (Noite do amor, do sorriso e da flor) where she sang accompanied by her husband for an audience of 3,000 Bossa Nova-adoring architecture students. 

Astrud had a baby called João Marcelo in early 1961. By November 1962, João Gilberto had traveled to the U.S.A. and Astrud joined him later never to return to live in Brazil again.

As Astrud functioned as João's translator, she had to be wherever he was... and Astrud was at the A&R Recording Studios in New York City where the Verve album 'Getz/Gilberto' was recorded on 18 and 19 March 1963, a Monday & Tuesday.

Stan Getz and producer Creed Taylor had their eyes on Astrud all the time so when a chance popped up they asked her to sing the English words for 'Garota de Ipanema' (The girl from Ipanema) and 'Corcovado'. It seemed like it was just an 'accident' but it was not. 

One year later Astrud Gilberto's rendition of 'The girl from Ipanema' was #5 at the Billboard charts and that's all she wrote. 

'Intervalo' 31st July 1965 - Astrud says she was afraid of performing in Brazil because she thought people hadn't forgiven her for having left her husband João Gilberto.

Intervalo says Astrud has done what no one except Carmen Miranda in the 1940s did: to be successful in the U.S.A. 



Astrud Weinert was born on 29 March 1940, in Salvador-BA. Her father Fritz Weinert was born in Germany and taugh German and English in Salvador. Her mother was Evangelina Lobão. When she was 5 years old the family moved to São Paulo-SP and 3 years later, in 1948, they moved again, this time to Rio de Janeiro-DF. 

Astrud became an English-German-Portuguese translator herself and mixed with the kids from Rio upper classes. Future singer Nara Leão was one of her best friends and she ended up meeting singer João Gilberto at in Nara's house one day. João fell immediately in love with her and tried to persuade her to marry him. It took him a lot of persuasion. What finally tipped the balance over to her saying yes to João was the chance of becoming a singer herself. She had always had a secret dream of becoming a singer... and that dream would come true in a most incredible way... in the U.S.A. some 5 years later. 

João Gilberto nee João Gilberto do Prado Pereira de Oliveira was born on 10 June 1931, in Juazeiro-BAAstrud and João Gilberto got married in May 1959.

Astrud sings at Teatro Record in São Paulo on Saturday, 25 July 1965. It turned out to be the only time Astrud ever sang in Brazil professionally. 

Jorge Amado (best man), João Gilberto, Astrud Weinert and a witness to their wedding. 
writer Jorge Amado, singer João Gilberto & Astrud Weinert on their wedding day. 
the wedding ceremony took place in Rio de Janeiro in June 1959.
Evangelina, João, Astrud & her father Fritz Weinert.


20 May 1960 - Friday - Astrud Gilberto sings in public for the first time ever - Rio de Janeiro daily 'Ultima Hora' tells it on Tuesday, 23rd May, all about the first Bossa Nova festival organized by college students in Brazil, something that would become common in the next few years until it blossomed into full-on pop-music festivals that had its heyday in 1966-1967 and then die of 'natural causes' in the early 1970s when Brazil lived under a harsh military dictatoship.

'The night of love, smile and flower' - 'A noite do amor, do sorriso e da flor' - the title taken directly from João Gilberto's just released Odeon album 'O amor, o sorrios e a flor' was a trendsetter, a total success! The musical night was organized by the students of Rio de Janeiro's public university Faculdade Nacional de Arquitetura

The gig lasted for 2 hours with ups and downs provided by Norma Benguel who sang without showing off her famous legs, poet-song-writer Vinicius de Moraes, Elza Soares, Rosana Toledo who was accompanied by Baden Powell, Nara Leão, Os Cariocas, Ronaldo Boscoli, Bebeto, Roberto Menescal, Trio Irakitan, Chico Feitosa, Luiz Paulo, Sergio Ricardo, Claudette Soares and Dori Caymmi. From São Paulo came Johnny Alf, Pedrinho Mattar that conquered all with his piano playing and Caetano Zama with his 'concrete Bossa Nova' (bossa concreta). 

To close the night João Gilberto played 'Samba de uma nota só' and 'O pato' where one could hear a pin drop such was the silence and reverence from the audience of 3,000 people that packed the arena-theatre to the rafters. Then João introduced his wife Astrud who sang 'Lamento' and 'Brigas nunca mais' both songs written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The audience was warm towards Mrs. Gilberto who then left the stage and João closed the night with 'Meditação' written by Jobim & Newton Mendonça from which the title of the night was taken from... 'o amor, o sorriso e a flor...'  

'Ultima Hora' 23 May 1960

'Getz au go go' - The New Stan Getz Quartet - featuring Astrud Gilberto - 1964. 1. 'Corcovado' (Quiet night of quiet stars); 2. 'It might as well be spring'; 3. 'Você e eu'; 4. 'Summertime'; 5. '6-nix-pix-clix'; 6. 'Only trust your heart'; 7. 'The singing song'; 8. 'The telephone song' (Telefone); 9. 'One note samba'; 10. 'Here's that rainy day'. 
'The Astrud Gilberto Album' - her first LP for Verve Records - 1965; 1. 'Once I loved'; 2. 'Agua de beber'; 3. 'Meditation'; 4. 'And roses and roses' (Das rosas); 5. 'O morro não tem vez'; 6. 'How insensitive' (Insensatez); 7. 'Dindi'; 8. 'Photograph'; 9. 'Dreamer'; 10. 'Só tinha de ser com você'; 11. 'All that's left is to say goodbye'. 
'The shadow of your smile' - 2nd album - 1965; it contained: 1. 'Love theme from 'The Sandpipers'; 2.'Take me to Aruanda'; 3. 'Manhã de carnaval'; 4.'Fly me to the moon'; 5. 'The gentle rain'; 6. 'Non-stop to Brazil' (Luiz Bofá); 7. 'O ganso'; 8. 'Who can I turn to?'; 9. 'Day by day'; 10. 'Tristeza'; 11. 'Funny world'.
'The shadow of your smile' b/w 'O ganso' - 45 rpm.
Astrud Gilberto-Walter Wanderley - A certain smile - A certain sadness - her 3rd album - 1966; 1. 'A certain smile'; 2. 'A certain sadness' (C.Lyra); 3. 'Nega'; 4. 'So nice' (Summer samba); 5. 'Você já foi a Bahia?'; 6. 'Portuguese washerwoman'; 7. 'That sadness' (Tristeza); 8. 'Call me'; 9. 'Here's that rainy day'; 10. 'Tu, meu delirio'; 11. 'It's a lovely day today'. 
'Look to the rainbow' - Astrud's 4th solo album - 1966; 1. 'Berimbau'; 2. 'Once upon a summertime'; 3. 'A felicidade'; 4. 'I will wait for you' Love theme from 'Umbrellas of Chesbourg'; 5. 'Frevo'; 6. 'Maria Quiet' (Maria Moita); 7. 'Look to the rainbow'; 8. 'Bim bom'; 9. 'Pretty place' (Lugar bonito); 10. 'Eu preciso aprender a ser só' (Learn to live alone); 11. 'She's a carioca' (Ela é carioca). 
'Beach samba' - 5th album - 1967; 1. 'Stay'; 2. 'Misty roses'; 3. 'The face I love'; 4. 'Parade' (A banda); 5. 'Oba oba'; 6. 'Canoeiro'; 7. 'I had the craziest dream'; 8. 'Beach samba' (Bossa Nova na praia); 9. 'My foolish heart'; 10. 'Dia das rosas' (I think of you); 11. 'You didn't have to be so nice'; 12. 'Não bate o coração'. It was arranged by Eumir Deodato. 
'Windy' - 6th album - 1968; 1. 'Dreamy'; 2. Chup chup, I got away; 3. 'Never my love'; 4. 'Lonely afternoon'; 5. 'On my mind'; 6. 'The bare necessities'; 7. 'Windy'; 8. 'Sing me a rainbow'; 9. 'In my life'; 10. 'Crickets sing for Ana Maria'; 11. 'Where are they now?'.
'I haven't got anything better to do' -  7th album - 1969;  1. 'I haven't got anything better to do'; 2. 'Didn't we?'; 3. 'Wailing of the willow'; 4. 'Where's the love'; 5. 'The sea is my soil (I remember when)'; 6. 'Trains and boats and planes'; 7. 'World stop turning'; 8. 'Without him'; 9. 'Wee small hours'; 10. 'If (the biggest little word)'.
Billboard Verve ad 'A time for us', 28 June 1969.