Sunday, 24 September 2017

Antonio Aguillar, rock impresario 1963

Radio-man Antonio Aguillar was the closest Brazilian rock got to New York's rock pioneer Alan Freed

Well, maybe it's going too far to compare them for Alan Freed actually came up with the name Rock'n'roll and Antonio Aguillar came up with nothing really original. Aguillar was actually a photographer who worked for daily 'O Estado de S.Paulo'. 

In 1957, when Aguillar was covering the vandalism perpetrated against the seats of Cine Art Palacio during the screening of 'Rock around the clock', re-titled 'Ao balanço das horas' - Aguillar was impressed positively by the sheer energy used against the seats and thought seriously about entering the teen-age world where he suspected there was money and future.

By 1960, Aguillar had left his job at the newspaper and worked as a disc jockey at Radio Nacional in Sao Paulo. He not only played discs but urged young rock bands to play live on his radio show on Saturdays. These sessions grew in number and popularity until TV Excelsior signed Aguillar to do a weekly TV rock show which was an instant success. 

By 1964, Aguillar had been 'poached' by TV Record to do his TV rock-show at Teatro Record that was something like the Paris Olympia in the 1960s.  

Antonio Aguilar weds Marly Bucci at the Catholic church Santo Antonio do Pary on 27 July 1963

columnist Theotonio Pavão at Radiolandia, 1st August 1963.

DJ Carlos Alberto Lopes left Radio America (Estudio V) to Radio Record.
Radiolandia, 1st October 1963; more than 3,000 people swarmed at the doors of Channel 9 on Rua Nestor Pestana to see Antonio Aguillar rock-show. 

Antonio Aguillar TV rock-show at TV Excelsior on Tuesdays & Fridays from 12 Noon to 1:00 PM; on Sundays 'Festival de Gala da Juventude' from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
Radiolandia, 1st October 1963. Albert Pavão accompanied by The Clevers wearing a Chinese disguise at Antonio Aguillar rock-show on TV Excelsior, Channel 9.

VS an independent label

RGE - Radio Gravações Elétricas - a recording studio that produced and distributed commercial jingles to radio stations all over Brazil became an independent label in 1956. Following RGE's example, VS - Som Industrial Vilela Santos Ltda. opened shop in mid 1963. Radio man Ataliba Santos was its boss; Guido Bianchi its production manager and Rogerio Duprat its artistic director. 

Nelson Luiz sings 'Só na solidão' b/w 'Amanhã quero ser mais feliz', VS's first release. 
Radiolandia, 15 September 1963, columnist Theotônio Pavão. 
Radiolandia, 1st October 1963; Theotonio introduces The Hits, a rock band. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Johnny Talon, a US meteor on Brazilian rock skies...

Radiolandia presents Johnny Talon to its readers in August 1963. Johnny traveled from his native USA to Brazil and stayed in Rio de Janeiro for a while. 

He then moved up to Sao Paulo where he used to be invited to appear as special guest on rock shows on TV - having recorded an E.P. for RGE, a local label. 

Roberto Carlos by Celia Vilela

Celia Vilela writes about new face Roberto Carlos for 'Radiolandia' on 15 August 1963. Vilela says Roberto plays the piano, writes songs and debuted as an actor in Carlos Hugo Christensen's 'Esse Rio que eu amo' in 1962.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Jet Blacks discography

(6022) 'Wonderful land' b/w 'Les cavaliers du feu' - 1964
(6080) 'Theme for young lovers' b/w 'Susie Q' - 1966
(6158) Shame and scandal in the family bw 'La danse de Zorba'
(6334) J.S.Bach's 'Largo' b/w 'Saiba esperar' (Hamilton di Giorgio) - 1967
(6046) 'Mrs Robinson' b/w 'Largo tudo e venho te buscar' - 1968 - serial number out of sequence.
(6338) 'Robertinha' b/w 'Ária da 4a. corda' - 1968.
78-0704 'Apache' b/w 'Hava Naguila'; where it all started for The Jet Blacks - 1963.
The Jet Blacks at Radiolandia - 15 September 1963.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Terry Winter aka Tommy Standen

Terry Winter started charting in 1971, when his one-year-in-the-can 'You'll notice me' was finally noticed by the record-buying public to dent the top 10 circa November 1971.

Terry Winter started as Tommy Standen having recorded a single for RCA Victor in 1967. 'O quente' (the hot number) followed the lead of Eduardo Araujo's 'O bom' that had been #1 number in the charts and described the life of a free-wheeling play boy who only thought about himself. As Tommy was a good looking fellow he sang at most rock'n'roll shows around TV and got away with it.

Standen had actually written much better songs that were recorded by Ronnie Von in his debut album: 'Soldadinho de chumbo' and 'Pequeno principe' with words provided by Fred Jorge.

As the 1960s edged towards the end Standen was signed by Beverly, a subsidiary of Copacabana Discos where he recorded mostly in English using his own name. 'Tomorrow, tomorrow' written by the Gibb Brothers was released by Beverly in 1969, to compete with the Bee Gees.

In 1970, Tommy Standen decided to change his name to Terry Winter, write his own material in English and record it for New Records a made-up name Beverly thought would look better on the label. It took almost a year for Beverly to release 'You'll notice me' as a single in late 1971. It soon entered the charts and gave rise to a new pop star that would be a major star in 1972 with 'Summer holiday' topping the charts in Brazil, Mexico and other countries.

You'll notice me 

Tell me that my love is alone and I want you to know 
I love you so, 
oh yeah!

pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa 

The moment I have someone to share some love with me 
you'll notice me

The moment I have someone to share some love with me 
you'll notice me 

Then my love is made up for you, 
and I know just what I can do. 
I know you're in love 
and you say that your love is not for me,
anyway, you'll notice me
baby, you'll notice me
ah, you'll notice me. 
Ah, you'll notice me.

Terry Winter wrote 'You'll notice me' using the pseudonym Bart Baraboskin which is an anagram on Burt Bacharach whom Terry revered as a musical genius; for 'Summer holiday' he switched to Tony Temple

Terry Winter charted well with 'You'll notice me' which became 'Descubrirás que yo existo' and 'Summer holiday' (Fiesta de verano) all over South America in 1972-1973

Discos Beverly was upbeat when it advertised on 13 January 1973, at Billboard. Terry Winter had actually already left Beverly for RCA Victor

When Beverly released Terry Winter's single 'You'lll notice me' in late 1971, little did they realize this would start a new trend. That of Brazilian song-writers writing material in English to compete with the imported stuff. Just 2 years before, in 1969, Tommy Standen covered the Bee Gees' Tomorrow, tomorrow' but obviously could not compete with the Gibb Brothers. 

Terry Winter when he was Tommy Standen; with wife Miriam Conceição Baraboskin & 2 children in November 1972 at the height of his success as Terry Winter. Miriam was Nick Savoia's step-sister.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Cinema rock pre-1964

30 September 1962 - 'Ao ritmo do twist' was 'Don't knock the twist' released in the USA on 13 April 1962. It features Dee Dee Sharp singing 'Mashed potato time' which was her greatest hit ever having got to #2 on 2nd May 1962 while the film was showing in the US.