Monday, 16 October 2017

Aloysio de Oliveira's hand at Odeon & Philips

Radiolandia #312 - Aloysio de Oliveira was instrumental in the launching of Bossa Nova in Brazil; as an Artistic Director at EMI's Odeon he supervised the careers of João Gilberto and Elza Soares to start with. 
Radiolandia #336 
Radiolandia #340 
Radiolandia #339, November 1960.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Tito Madi discography

Radiolandia #277.

Tito Madi's first single for Columbia turned out to be his greatest hit. 
'Sonho e saudade' is my favourite Tito Madi recording.





Saturday, 7 October 2017

TITO MADI 1954-1960

Radiolandia #28, 1954; Tito Madi when 'Não diga não' was released in late 1954; seen here with Emissoras Associadas radio man Antonio Pimentel.
Radiolandia #131, 6 October 1956.

Jirau was a night club located on Rua Rodolfo Dantas, next to posh Copacabana Palace Hotel. It was owned by Silvia Autuori who had been a pioneer radio-woman and made money in the 1930s  and 1940s presenting programmes for women and children on Radio Ipanema & then Radio Tupi. 

Tito Madi accompanied by Ribamar on the piano and Paulinho on the guitar was an instant hit with the patrons extending their stint for months & months. 

Radiolandia #131, 6 October 1965
Radiolandia #139, 1st December 1956

Tito Madi had a good 1956. He toured Rio Grande do Sul earlier in the year and wrote 'Gauchinha bem querer' where he extolls the beauty of the girl and the place. He tune hadn't been recorded yet and it was known as 'Rio Grande do Sul'. 

The girl in the article is singer Maria Lopes who now shared the bill at Jirau. Maria was also signed by Radio & TV Tupi Channel 6. 

Tito Madi & Buck Ram - Radiolandia #186, 26 October 1957.

When US rhythm'n'blues combo The Platters toured Brazil in September 1957, their manager-cum-song-writer Buck Ram was impressed by the beauty of some of Tito Madi's songs and made a point of taking them back to the USA in order for Tony Williams to belt it in English.

MC Cesar de Alencar had met Buck Ram in Sao Paulo during The Platters stint at Theatro Paramount and promised him to introduce him Tito Madi, the man who had written 'Chove lá fora' that was a hit at the moment. When The Platters travelled to Rio to sing at TV Tupi, Channel 6, Alencar asked Nora Ney to invite Mr Ram for a 'feijoada' and introduce him to Tito. 

The Platters ended up covering 'Chove lá fora' as 'It's raining outside', 'Quero-te assim' as 'I wish' and 'Rio triste' as 'Sad river'. 

Buck Ram, the man who wrote 'Only you' for The Platters & Tito Madi toast for their future partnership. 
Radiolandia #191, 30 November 1957.
Radiolandia # 225, 26 July 1958
Radiolandia #225, 26 July 1958.

Radiolandia summarizes Tito Madi's career since he broke out with 'Não diga não'. Soared up to the skies with 'Chove lá fora', followed it up with 'Quero-te assim' and now with 'Gauchinha bem querer' aka 'Rio Grande do Sul'. 

Tito & Ribamar were now performing at 'O Cangaceiro' a new night club. 

Tito Madi was not handsome but he had a certain charm...
Tito is proud of having been born in Pirajuí-SP - Radiolandia #256, 28 February 1959.
Pirajuí's proud son! Radiolandia #256, 28 February 1959.
Orlando Correia left RCA and signs with Continental Records being welcomed by João Teixeira from the label's legal department, Tito Madi - who may be thinking about his own departure from the label for it was an open secret Tito was in talks with Columbia Records - Risadinha (wearing sun-glasses), actress-singer Luely Figueiró and journalist Costa Amaro who headed the promotion department at the label. 
Radiolandia #270, 6 June 1959
by 1960, what is called Bossa Nova was already discussed by the music press... and that's what Radiolandia asked Tito Madi: Who started this new trend of singing samba sweet and low? Madi says he started singing this way in 1955. 
Radiolandia #329, 23rd July 1960.  Tito Madi who wrote most of his songs takes 'Menina moça' to #1 in the Brazilian charts. 



Sunday, 1 October 2017

TUPINIQUIM a trophy for TV's best of the year

There was a time in Brazil when the word 'tupiniquim' didn't mean 'something bad'... but 'something really good' besides being the name of the indigenous population the Portuguese met as soon as they 'discovered' Brazil in 1500. 

By the mid-1950s TV Tupi wasn't very happy with TV Record's early Roquette Pinto Award which they thought was lop-sided on Emissoras Unidas favour. Well, TV Tupi decided to create its own yearly Award and gave it the name of Tupiniquim. 

Rio de Janeiro's Radiolandia was invited to the Award giving ceremony in January 1960 and here are some shots of the bash. 


Orchestra conductor Armando Belardi leads Sao Paulo's Theatro Municipal Symphony Orchestra at Tupiniquim gala that awarded TV's best 1959 performers & technicians. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Trio Esperança 1963

'Radiolandia', 1st October 1963. 
Celia Vilela writes about those brothers & sisters & cousin...


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Giane & 1965 Roquette Pinto trophy

Giane receives her Roquette Pinto from Marcia Maria in 1966. 
Elis Regina, ?, Gloria Menezes, Neide Alexandre, Elizeth Cardoso, ?, Hebe Camargo, ?, Giane.
a few years earlier Maysa caused a sensation when she stepped on the stage to get her own Roquette Pinto.