Sunday, December 4, 2016

Ataulpho Alves in 1943; Heitor dos Prazeres in 1945

Ataulpho Alves de Souza born on 2 May 1909; father: Severino de Souza; mother: Mathilde Bernarda de Jesus Mineiro; hight: 1.80 metres or 5 foot 9 inches.
Heitor dos Prazeres born on 2 June 1902; father: Eduardo Alexandre dos Prazeres; mother: Celestina Gonçalves Martins; 
Lamartine de Azevedo Babo born on 10 January 1904; father: Leopoldo de Azevedo Babo; mother: Bernarda P. Babo.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Lulu Pavone

blogger Lulu Pavone aka Carlus Maximus in the winter of 2013 at Lençois Paulista-SP. 
Lulu Pavone aka Carlus Maximus in 2013.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Maria Luiza, samba & torch-song singer


In the so-called 'old centre' in Sao Paulo, Brazil there is a musical-instrument shop called Contemporânea that used to have a fairly large room in its back where they assembled musicians who played 'choro' every Saturday morning. Choro is what could be called the 'Brazilian jazz'. Musicians of all ages played acoustic guitars, 7-string acoustic-guitars, cavaquinhos - a sort of Brazilian ukelele with 4 strings - and mandolins that usually carry the choro melody.

Those sessions were senhor Miguel's pride and joy. He was Contemporânea's owner and since his death they're not the same anymore. Sr. Miguel used to 'protect' the singers from the wrath of most musicians who used to feel belittled by having to accompany so many singers in succession. After sr. Miguel died the singers were relegated to second-citizenry and gradually abandoned the place due to restrictions coming from the instrumentalists. 

Well, when those sessions were really hot - circa 2010-1012 - there were a few singers who transcended all others. Among them there was Maria Luiza who sang with heart and soul. Listening to Luiza's singing was like reviewing Brazilian popular music's history: 'Aperto de mão', 'O sorriso do Paulinho', 'De conversa em conversa' from Isaura Garcia's repertoire and 'Devolvi' a samba-cancao written by Adelino Moreira for Nubia Lafayette were Luiza's strong points. 


Luiza doing what she did best: to sing her soul. She was respected by the musicians and always carried her little note-book where she kept the titles of her favourite songs alongside with the chords. She used to tell the musicians what chord she would sing this or that. The lady in pink is Silvili, another good singer. 

Maria Luiza was interviewed by journalist Thais Matarazzo once and here are some insights about her life.

Maria Luiza was born and raised on Rua Santo Antonio, in the inner suburb of Bela Vista, Sao Paulo when it was a mostly Italian section of town. She told Thais her Italian father was very strict and she had a few brothers and sisters. Some time later, when Luiza was 10 or 11 years old the family moved to Vila Prudente in the east section of the city. There Luiza started singing at birthday parties or amusement parks. She and her sister used to organize impromptu dances in houses that were still under constructions where Luiza would play the part of the crooner while friends danced. Her father wouldn't dream of what was happening. 

Luiza loved such popular radio singers as Linda Baptista, Ademilde Fonseca and Isaura Garcia and consequently sang their repertoire. Before too long Luiza fell in love with the 'handsomest fellow in the neighbourhood' (o morenão mais bonito do pedaço), they got married and had a boy and a girl. 

Even after married Luiza never stopped singing in public in 'serestas' (Brazilian equivalent to serenades). Luiza and her beau visited Europe once and grew older happily ever having had a  few grandchildren. 

Maria Luiza at 16 years of age; then at 22.
Luiza when she was 60 years old; Luiza on 22 September 2007 at Contemporanea.
Maria Luiza's home-made CD.

Maria Luiza singing with her ever present little note-book on 19 July 2014; this was probably the last time I saw Luiza. Not long after that she said she would be submitted to an operation because of her diabetes. She had the operation but didn't come alive from it. 
Luiza would sing Adelino Moreira's 'Devolvi' recorded originally by Nubia Lafayette. It used to be one of her favourites even though Arnaldinho and other musicians turned their nose when they accompanied her on 'Devolvi' which is considered 'square'. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

POLYDOR's Dalva de Andrade, Carlos Augusto & Carlos José

Dalva de Andrade, Carlos José & Carlos Augusto recorded for German label Polydor in the late 1950s. 
Carlos Augusto & Dalva de Andrade dressed to kill...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MANCHETE Illustrated magazine

Angela Maria on the cover of Manchete - November 1956; Sao Paulo mayor Janio Quadros 30 Oct 1954.
Angela Maria ruled in 1956.
14 June 1958 Norma Benguel; March 1960 Gilda Lopes who would become a major star in 1962.
Norma Benguel was Brazil's answer to Brigitte Bardott.
April 1962 - President João Goulart goes to Washington; 30 March 1963 transgender Coccinelle transfix Brazilians.
February 1963 Rhonda Fleming films on location in Rio; April 1963 Norma Benguel in Hollywood. 



Saturday, June 4, 2016

'O Cruzeiro' illustrated magazine

2 June 1956 Cacilda Becker;  9 June 1956 Yvonne de Carlo.
25 February 1956 Nelly Martins;  1st October 1955 Annamaria Pier Angeli.
22 March 1958 Maria Della Costa; 7 November 1959 Maria Della Costa.
6 April 1957 Carlos Gardel; 14 September 1957 Leny Eversong.
15 March 1958 Elizeth Cardoso; 19 April 1958 Luely Figueiró.
9 July 1960 Gina McPherson; 22 July 1961 Norma Benguel.
23 June 1962 Amarildo; 7 July 1962 Gloria Menezes. 
17 August 1963 Adalgisa Colombo & Yeda M.Vargas; 25 January 1964 N. Benguell & Gabrielle Tinti.
21st March 1964 Maria Tereza Goulart 2 weeks before the April coup d'etait; 3 July 1965 S.P. by night.