Saturday, 8 December 2018

Rock as a subject in Brazilian movies

16 March 1958 - great Oscarito was 51 years old when he did an impersonation of Elvis Presley on 'De vento em pôpa'. He not only sang Carlos Imperial & Roberto Reis' 'Calypso rock' but did a whole dancing number with acrobatic Sonia Mamede

Sonia spots Zezé Macedo fuming; but Oscarito kindly introduces Mrs Fou-Fou to the audience...
Mrs Fou-Fou says: 'Lisongeiro'; he answers 'Thank you, very much!'
Luiz Carlos & Sonia Mamede are happily together ever after... 

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Rock'n'roll in Rio 1963

19 May 1963 - Rio de Janeiro daily 'Correio da Manhã' had a musical column called 'Esquina sonora' written by journalist Rossini Pinto who was also a song writer & an aspiring singer having recorded at CBS. Rossini would eventually become an A&R (Artist & Repertoire) man at CBS. 

Rossini was an active man who was always on the go. On the left he offers photos of teen-idols to those readers who wrote to 'Clube do Rock' c/o Radio Tupi do Rio de Janeiro - where he had a daily radio show. Foreign stars such as Elvis Presley, Neil Sedaka, Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Nico Fidenco, Peppino di Capri, Ricky Nelson or their Brazilian counter-parts as Roberto Carlos, Sergio Murilo, Demétrius, Rossini Pinto (himself), Wanderlea, Célia Vilela, Selmita, Tony Campello, Cleide Alves and Clério Morais. 

On the right, Rossini started a competition among his readers who would write care of 'Correio da Manhã' / 'Esquina sonora' and vote for her/his favourite disc jockey

1. José Duba (Radio Metropolitana)
2. Luiz Fernando (Radio Tupi)
3. Jair de Taumaturgo (Mayrink Veiga)
4. Luiz de Carvalho (Globo)
5. José Messias (Guanabara)

6. Roberto Muniz (Globo)
7. Jair Amorim (Guanabara)
8. Waldyr Machado (Mauá)
9. Moacyr Bastos (Radio Rio de Janeiro)
10. José Soares - Metropolitana 

11. Oliveira Filho (Guanabara)
12. Euclides Duarte (Mauá)
13. Othon Bastos (Mauá)
14. Sergio Porto (Mayrink Veiga)
15. Teonir Buteri (Vera Cruz)

Friday, 14 September 2018


Rio de Janeiro's leading daily newspaper 'Correio da Manhã' mentioned Celly Campello on 13 July 1958, for the very first time. Columnist Claribalte Passos actually hailed the release of Odeon's 78 rpm single 'Forgive me' sung by Tony Campello b/w 'Handsome boy' sung by his sister Celly as 'not bad'. Claribalte's final judgement is that the record is 'acceptable'. 

'Correio da Manhã' 13 July 1958.
Amidst a plethora of new records - Maysa's 'Eu não existo sem você' being the most important, Claribalte Passos acknowledges the release of Celly Campello's first ever 78 rpm single: 'Handsome boy' which was the B-side of her brother Tony's 'Forgive me'.

'Correio da Manhã', Tuesday, 26 May 1959.

Ten months after Claribalte Passos first noticed the existence of Celly Campello he writes about her in a different way:

Transitará hoje pelo Rio a garota-sensação do radio e TV paulistas, Celly Campello, que vem ocupando os 1os. postos nas paradas de sucessos em São Paulo e nesta praça (Rio) com sua recente gravação Odeon de 'Estúpido cupido' (Stupid cupid). Celly estará entre nós, apenas por algumas horas, participando somente do programa 'Discoteca do Chacrinha', do Canal 6, às 13:00 horas e, logo em seguida, retornará ao seu Estado. Na ocasião, Celly será homenageada por colegas de radio, TV, cronistas de jornais e revistas, numerosos fãs e pelo próprio Chacrinha, que foi seu lançador na Radio Carioca.

À guisa de curiosidade publicamos alguns dados da curta, mas já vitoriosa carreira dessa 'estrêla':

Estreou cantando em dupla com seu irmão Tony Campello. Em 1958, convidada por Mario Gennari Filho, gravou uma face de disco na Odeon (a outra foi de Tony) e então iniciou a carreira profissional mas, terminaram suas férias e retornou a Taubaté-SP para continuar seus estudos do curso clássico. Gravou cinco músicas que foram: 'Handsome boy', 'Devotion', 'O céu mudou de cor', 'Estúpido cupido' e 'The secret'.

'Correio da Manhã' 26 July 1959; Radiolandia 15 June 1960.

Claribalte Passos now welcomes Celly's very first E.P. (extended-play aka compacto-duplo) featuring: 'Estupido cupido' (Stupid cupid), 'The secret', ''Tunel do amor' (Have lips will kiss in the tunnel of love) & 'Somos jovens' (Just young).

MC Randal Juliano presented 'Programa da Juventude' in 1960 at TV Record.
?, Celly & Tony, Luiz de Carvalho & ... 
Celly & her Mama on the cover of 'Radiomelodias'. 
Celly at her Gymnasium in Taubaté-SP. 
a very musical family: Tony at guitar, Celly on the piano, Selma Rayol & Nelson Campello just watching... 
Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee...
Mr. Campello, his wife Idea, Celly, an unidentified man, Tony & Nelson Campello... 
17 August 1960. 
Tony & Celly at the height of their successful career... 
Celly later after she became a private citizen...

Saturday, 18 August 2018

CINEMA ROCK 1956-1963

8 January 1956 - Richard Brook's 'Blackboard jungle' (Sementes de violência) with Glenn Ford had 'Rock around the clock' with Bill Haley and His Comets in the sound-track and is considered the very first movie in which rock'n'roll is mentioned. 

12 June 1956 - 'Correio da Manhã' reviews 'Blackboard jungle' (Sementes de violência) released in Rio 5 months after São Paulo. The reviewer begins well, but soon loses himself to mediocrity, plain ignorance and chauvinism:

'Os que vêem 'licenciosidade' e 'falsidade' nesse filme, demonstram, de acordo com a critica lúcida dos Estados Unidos, além de miopia... É através de obras tão 'controvertidas' como 'The wild one' (O selvagem), 'From here to eternity' (A um passo da eternidade) e 'The Cairns mutiny' (A nave da revolta), que, sobrepondo-se aos ataques de censores intelectualmente estreitos, o cinema americano reafirma ser o mais democrático de todos os cinemas - ao mesmo tempo em que confunde os seus detratores crônicos, orientados, no mais das vezes, por Moscou.' 

It is a temerity to say that Hollywood was the 'most democratic cinema in the world' when everyone knew most of the European cinema was decades ahead of the Yankees. Besides, the USA were barely out of the McCarthism witch-hunt, one of the most anti-democratic crusades ever perpetrated in the world. 

19 December 1956 - eagerly waited 'Rock around the clock' (Ao balanço das horas) premieres at Cine Ipiranga, Trianon, Paulista plus 9 other play-houses in Sao Paulo. Soon, newspapers would report about vandalism happening at Cine Paulista on Rua Augusta.

21st December 1956 - Rio's 'Correio da Manhã' reports about Cine Paulista's being vandalized by middle class youth during the projection of 'Rock around the clock'. Note that the word 'rock'n'roll' is treated as a feminine noun: 'a rock'n'roll'... eventually it would become a masculine noun.
30 December 1956 -
15 January 1957 - Three weeks later the same kind of vandalism happens in Rio de Janeiro too.

10 March 1957 - Right on 'Rock around the clock's heels came 'Don't knock the rock', another exploitative film to cash in on the rock wave.

13 October 1957 - 'soft' rock'n'roll balladeer Pat Boone stars in 'Bernardine' (O sonho que eu vivi) released in the USA only on 24 July 1957; old timer Janet Gaynor plays somebody's mother.
4 May 1958 - Elvis Presley's 2nd flick for Paramount Pictures, 'Loving you' (A mulher que eu amo). 
11 May 1958 - Paramount's Elvis Presley's 2nd flick 'Loving you'.

16 July 1958 - Tommy Sands became an overnight sensation and instant teen-idol when he appeared on Kraft Television Theater in January 1957 as 'The singin' idol' where he played the part of a singer was was very similar to Elvis Presley, with guitar, pompadour hair, and excitable teenage fans. The song from the show, 'Teen-age crush' reached #2 on 23rd February 1957, at the Billboard charts for 2 weeks.

'Sing, boy, sing' was shot in record time by Fox and released in the USA in February 1958, to positive reviews, but it turned out to be a financial failure.

12 October 1958 - a 1957 Hollywood production 'Jamboree' called here mistakenly as 'O festival do jazz' was one of the first rock'n'roll exploit-movies. Brazilian singer Cauby Peixoto who was living in the USA in 1957, appears in the credits as Ron Cobby, plays a rock D.J. and sings something about a toreador...

2nd November 1958 - Elvis Presley's most successful rock song becomes 'Prisioneiro do rock and roll' - 'Jailhouse rock'.
25 January 1960 - Mazzaropi's rural hero 'Jeca Tatú' may be the farthest thing possible from rock'n'roll but it was the flick that introduced Brazilian rock sensations Tony & Celly Campello to a larger audience.
16 July 1961 - This Elvis Presley vehicle could hardly be considered as a 'rock movie'. 'Flaming star' (Estrêla de fôgo) is actually a 'western' where he plays a half-breed named Pacer Burton. This was Presley's 6th flick. He started in 1956 with 'Love me tender'; in 1957 with 'Loving you' and 'Jailhouse Rock'; in 1958 with 'King Creole'; in 1959 he served the US Army in Germany; when he came back to the States in 1960, he shot 'G.I. Blues' and this western.

7 September 1961 - One could hardly call 'Where the boys are' - quaintly translated into Portuguese as 'It takes two to fall in love' (Bastam dois para amar) - as a 'rock movie' except for the presence of Connie Francis as an actress and singer and Neil Sedaka's having written the opening title. George Hamilton and Yvette Mimieux were the first stars to confirm their presence. Paula Prentiss was cast despite never having made a movie before. Connie Francis also made her movie debut.
'Where the boys are' is less rock than cool modern jazz - or West Coast jazz - popularized by such acts as Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan and Chico Hamilton, then in the vanguard of the college music market, features in a number of scenes.

MGM bolstered the film's success potential by giving a large role to Connie Francis who solicited the services of Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield, to write original material for her. Sedaka & Greenfield wrote 2 potential title songs for the film, but producer Joe Pasternak passed over them in favour of a lush 1950s style movie-theme. Francis recorded 'Where the boys are' on 18 October 1960, in a NYC session with Stan Applebaum arranging and conducting.

22nd October 1961 - This ain't exactly a 'rock' movie but for the appearance of heart-throb Paul Anka opening the credits singing and playig his 1959 hit 'Adam and Eve'. Mamie Van Doren always had a foot in the music business being the wife of horn-player Ray Anthony besides having appeared in seminal 'rock movies' like MGM's 'High School confidential' (1958) and 'Girls town' in 1959 where she appeared in the nude. Tuesday Weld always played a 'rebel kid'... and Marty Milner would be at Route 66.

4 January 1962 - 'Dançando o twist' - 'Rock around the twist' - was a new dance-craze which was actually an off-shoot of rock'n'roll & rhythm'n'blues.

14 January 1962 - A week later Paramount announces 'Vamos ao twist' (Hey, let's twist) introduces Joey Dee & the Starliters plus Teddy Randazzo and Jo Ann Campbell.  
29 September 1962 - At the height of the twist craze in Brazil 'Don't knock the twist' (Ao ritmo do twist) with Chubby Checker starts playing in Rio de Janeiro.