Sunday, 15 October 2017

Bobby de Carlo 1960 - Chiquita

15 year-old Bobby de Carlo in 1960.

By mid-1960, Brazilian rock was growing as fast as a speeding bullet. Celly Campello was its undisputed queen, Carlos Gonzaga its king... and new faces were popping up every day. Weekly magazine Radiolandia carried this article about Chiquita and Bobby de Carlo, two new stars from very different background. 

Roberto Caldeira dos Santos aka Bobby de Carlo was born on 30 June 1945, in Sao Paulo-SP. He was a good Catholic boy who started working as an office-boy at a bank when he was 14 years old. He was also very musical and one day played his guitar at a teen-age party in which Tony Campello was a guest. Campello was impressed by his talent and took him for a test at EMI's Odeon where he was signed immediately to a contract. In no time, Odeon released Bobby de Carlo's first single 'Oh Eliana', a cover of Frankie Avalon's 'Dede Dinah' which soared up the charts. 

Radiolandia #340, November 1960
Chiquita and Bobby de Carlos were rock's new sensation in 1960. 
RIO-50.523: Bobby de Carlo covers 'Dede Dinah' ('Oh Eliana') b/w 'I like girls' ('Quero amar') accompanied by Mario Gennari Filho & his combo. 

Francisca de Oliveira Paula Assis was Chiquita's real name. She was born in 1947, and had always been a hyper-active child who liked to listen to Brenda Lee's records especially 'Jambalaya'. She was 11 years old in 1958, when she impersonated Little Miss Dynamite at the Santa Paula Country Club in a party promoted by Colegio Sao Bento. Chiquita was an instant hit. 

Next up, Chiquita did her 'Brenda Lee act' at Durval de Souza's kid show 'Programa Durvalino', on TV Record, Channel 7. So it happened that writer-song-translator Fred Jorge, who worked for EMI-Odeon saw Chiquita and thought she'd be the best next thing. He took her to Odeon and was signed by the label that had discovered Celly Campello, the queen of Brazilian rock. 

By 1961, Chiquita had already recorded a few singles for Odeon like 'Rock das vogais', 'Calipso do velho', 'Bobby, Bobby, Bobby', 'Cartão postal' e 'Meu diploma'.

RIO 50.820: Chiquita covers Jo Ann Campbell's 'Bobby, Bobby, Bobby' b/w 'Psiu...' accompanied by Walter Wanderley and his combo. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

ANTONIO AGUILLAR, rock promoter 1962 - 1963 - 1964

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

Maybe it's going a bit too far to compare him with such a luminary as Alan Freed for he actually came up with the name Rock'n'roll whereas Aguillar came up with nothing really original. 

Aguillar started his professional life working as photographer at daily 'O Estado de S.Paulo'. 

In late 1956, when he was covering the vandalism perpetrated against the seats of Cine Paulista during the screening of 'Rock around the clock' (Ao balanço das horas) Aguillar was impressed by the sheer energy released in teenagers by a simple rock movie and thought seriously about entering this brave new world where he suspected there was money and excitement.

By late 1960, Aguillar left his job at 'Estadão' for O.V.C. to organize what would become the audio-visual department of Radio Nacional and TV Paulista, Channel 5

At the same time Aguillar was given the command of 'Clube dos Garotos', a kid's show at Radio Nacional. By November 1961, Aguillar presented 'Ritmos para a juventude' (Rhythms for the young-set) from 4:00 to 5:00 PM from Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. 

By mid-1962 Aguillar's rock show was the hottest thing in show business in Sao Paulo. He not only played discs but urged young rock bands around town to play live on his radio show on Saturdays. These sessions grew up in number and popularity until TV Excelsior signed Aguillar to do a weekly rock show which was an instant success.
Radiolandia #367, 1st January 1962 - 'Ritmos para a Juventude' was #1 with teenagers in São Paulo.
Radiolandia #373, 15 March 1962.

By March 1962, Aguillar and his 'Ritmos para a Juventude' at Radio Nacional Paulista had become so popular he made a splash organizing a big celebration at Club Atletico Silvicultura at far-away Horto Florestal.  The only way to reach the country-club was through the railway Estrada de Ferro Cantareira but that didn't prevent a small crowd of 2,500 people of reaching the place to see their favourite singers and performers. As not all the performers were rock'n'rollers Aguillar adapted the name of the party to 'Festival de Todos os Ritmos' (All rhythms festival) and presented each participant with a 'Ritmos para a Juventude' trophy.

Celly Campello - best rock female singer
Ronnie Cord - best rock male singer
Maria Regina - the smallest singer in the world
Hamilton di Giorgio - best international song-writer & singer
Sergio Murilo - international relevation
The Jet Blacks - best instrumental rock band
The Jordans - revelation instrumental rock band
Carlos Gonzaga - 'O twist' (The twist) (RCA)
Wilson Miranda (Chantecler) as TV revelation
Bobby de Carlo - 'Hey, Lili' (Lilly Lou) (Odeon)
Tony Campello - Querida Susie' (Susie darling) (Odeon)
Ilze Aparecida - 'Brotinho do rock' (California)
Cidinha - '24 mil desejos' (24 mila baci) (Mocambo)
Carlos Ely - 'Cinderela' (RCA Camden)
Sergio Reis - 'Será' (Chantecler)
George Freedman - 'Adivinhão' (RGE)
Fernando Costa - 'Amor em cha cha cha' (Columbia)
Mario Augusto - 'Amor de Terezinha' (Copacabana)
Baby Santiago - for penning 'Rock do sacy' & 'Adivinhão'

these were non-rock acts who were invited to the great bash:

Miltinho - best Brazilian music male singer
Leila Silva - best TV female singer
Martha Mendonça - 'Tu sabes' (Chantecler)
Renato Guimarães - 'Poema' (Chantecler)
Creusa Cunha - 'Lembrança' (Un recuerdo) (Copacabana)
Silvana - 'Amor, fonte da vida' (Copacabana)
Archimedes Messina for his work as a radio man and singer
Carlos Nobre - 'Amor em serenata' (RCA)
Nerino Silva - 'Minha sogra' (Chantecler)
Agnaldo Rayol for 'Não pode ser' (Copacabana)
Roberto Vidal - 'Maria Helena' (RCA Camden)
Fernando José - 'Diner' (RGE) 
Franquito - music & films revelation 
Nilton Cesar - for a Carnaval hit  
Wilson Roberto - for a Carnaval hit 

Radiolandia #379, 1st June 1962.
Radiolandia #379 - 1st June 1962.

'Radiolandia' #382 - 1st August 1962.
Radiolandia #385 - 15 September 1962; 'Ritmos para a Juventude' crosssed over to TV Paulista, channel 5. 
15 September 1962; Neil Sedaka is honoured at 'Ritmos para a Juventude' on Channel 5. 
Radiolandia #387 - 1st October 1962; Theotonio Pavão says 'Ritmos para a juventude' turned 1 year old on 30 September 1962, and had a bash at Cine Piratininga, one of the largest in town. 
Radiolandia #396, 1st March 1963 - Theotonio Pavão tells all about Aguillar's big event at Lapa's Cine Nacional on 17 February 1963.

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.

a young Antonio Aguillar working as a photographer for 'O Estado de S.Paulo'; Radiolandia #345, 1st February 1961 says Aguillar had just been signed by Organização Victor Costa to organize their audio-visual department. 
Ademar Dutra took over Aguillar's place when the latter was signed by TV Excelsior, Channel 9 - Radiolandia, 1st October 1963.
Ademarzinho Dutra presents 'Clubinho das 5' at TV Paulista, channel 5 - 15 October 1963.

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

Antonio Aguillar welcomes Roberto Carlos at his 'Reino da Juventude' at Teatro Record in May 1964. The Clevers' Risonho (lead-guitar), Netinho on drums & Mingo (rhythm-guitar) are seen in the background.  

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 rocks on Brazilian 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.