Saturday, 22 July 2017

Louis Serrano - rock seen by Hollywood conservatives

Louis Serrano was a Brazilian journalist that made most of his career out of Hollywood sending articles about local celebrities to fortnightly Cinelandia, daily O Globo and Radio Globo. Serrano had landed a place in Hollywood almost by chance. 

He had been sent by his father to finished his education in Montreal, Canada. Finding the place too cold, he managed to transfer to San Francisco, Northern California where he graduated and soon after moved to Los Angeles, where a cousin of his was the Brazilian Consul and arranged for him to stick around and do his journalist job out of the Capital of the Movies.

Serrano had been living in and around Los Angeles since the early 1940s. He made a lot of friends among people working in the show-business industry like radio DJs. Serrano had a record-page at Cinelandia and wrote about cinema & records at O Globo. He had to keep up-to-date about the Hit Parade and musical trends. If one follows Serrano's 'Discos Novos' in Cinelandia, one can clearly see when rock'n'roll becomes the main-stream

It happened overnight with 'Rock around the clock' in 1955, and soon after the charts were literally taken over by Elvis Presley who was at Number One most of the weeks of 1956 starting with 'Heartbreak Hotel' and going on with 'I want you, I need you, I love you', 'Don't be cruel', 'Hound dog', 'Too much' and more. 


Serrano knew there was something new in the air but he didn't know exactly what. By 1957, after the first rock barrage, conservative business people prayed that rock'n'roll would go away and started inventing stories that people were fed-up with the fascinating rhythm but that was really far the the truth. Rock records kept on topping the charts everywhere in the USA.

When Serrano was asked what he thought about about rock he sort of sided with those conservative American DJs who he had canvassed in Los Angeles. Serrano actually made a mistake when he wrote at Cinelandia that 'Elvis Presley is not a great singer'. He was dead wrong there. Elvis Presley was a great singer by anyone's standards. No one could deny that. 

Louis paid dearly for this mistake for he had to keep on excusing himself trying to convince people that rock was on its way out and rock singers like Tab Hunter and Tommy Sands were not good enough. Tab Hunter was actually a teenage actor who made a novelty record to cash in on his good looks but no rock'n'roller. Serrrano tried to mistify his audience. Tommy Sands on the other hand was a fairly good actor was an excellent singer to boot... and showed it in various musicals he shot in Hollywood. 

Louis Serrano claims that a 'great name' like Frank Sinatra had attacked rock'n'roll as 'degenerate', 'dirty' and 'imbecile'. That ain't no proof rock'n'roll is all of that. 

In other words Serrano decided to side himself with those 'old farts' against rock'n'roll. He goes as far as to state that most rock singers 'do not have good voices' (falta de voz do cantor); most of the lyrics are obscene and the 'rhythm is intentionally revved up to excite a statue'. It's hard to actually see a statue dancing in its pedestal. 


Serrano quoted a Los Angeles' KMPC DJ Dick Whittinghill as saying he used to review rock records when they first came out but he stopped now due to their overtly sexual overtones. Dick said his record operator sometimes blushed listening to those lyrics. 

Bill Stewart, another L.A. DJ said he didn't play rock records because those young crooners sound as if they were sick. Bill Balance from KFWB confessed he had to play rock records because that was what young people wanted to listen to. The young set make or break a radio station. 

Earl McDaniel went a step further and told Louis that rock was popular not only with the very young but also with adults who had already graduated from universities. Even song-writer Jimmy McHugh told him Serrano that Presley would eventually turn out to be more than a rock'n'roller just like Frank Sinatra had done in the 1940s.

It looked like Louis Serrano was not exactly dead against rock'n'roll. He kept a half-open mind on the subject. But he provedo to be a total 'square' when he ends his article paraphrasing Elvis: 'I am not but a hound dog'. He should have said: 'I ain't nothing but a hound dog'. 


Look at the left sheet: 'All shook up' by The Pelvis, 'Little darling' by the Diamonds, 'School day' by Chuck Berry, 'Come go with me' with Del-Vikings and only at #5 a sedate Perry Como doing his routine. Fats Domino was #9 with 'I'm walking to New Orleans'. 


Louis Serrano followed the US Hit Parade since the 1940s and reported at Cinelândia. He saw the introduction of rock'n'roll in the American mainstream. Now the Parade was dominated by the new generation: 16 year-old Dodie Stevens was at #1 with 'Pink shoe laces' that Celly Campello took to #1 in Brazil a couple of years later as 'Lacinhos cor-de-rosa'; Elvis came second with 'All shook up'; The Fleetwoods with 'Come softly to me'; Frankie Avalon came at #6 with 'Venus'; The Impalas were # 10 with 'Sorry, I ran all the way home'; Elvis with 'I need your love tonight' and the Everly Brothers with 'Poor Jennie' at #20.

Friday, 17 March 2017

CALIFORNIA, an independent label

Independent label California was started in February 1959, by Mario Vieira who was a lead singer with Vagalumes do Luar. Vieira had written 'Sabiá lá na gaiola' a big hit in the 1950s. 



TC-1012 - April 1959

A- Sayonara (Irving Berlin's fox-canção) translation: Kikuo Furuno - with Yoko Abe 
B- Futani yorisoni (Cabecinha no ombro) Paulo Borges; trans.: Kikuo Furuno; with Guido Miyoshi; recorded: 10 APR 1959.


TC-1033 - August 1959

A- Baião da Serra Grande (Fred Williams-Palmeira) trans.: Kikuo Furuno; with Guido Miyoshi 
B- Cachito - bolero (Consuelo Velasquez) trans.: Kikuo Furuno; with Yoko Abe; recorded: 19 JUN 1959.


TC-1065 - November 1959

A- India - guarânia (J.A.Flores-M.Ortiz Guerrero) trans.: Kikuo Furuno; Guido Miyoshi; recorded: 7 OCT 1959.
B- Be-bop-a-lula - rock (Gene Vincent-Davis) trans.: Seuti Yida; Yoko Abe; recorded: 14 AUG 1959. 


TC-1085 - December 1959 - Vagalumes do Luar 

A- Aki Kojima - marcha (Jaime Ribeiro-Carlos Ferlich)
B- Ignês  (J.Ribeiro-C.Ferlich) 


this is a single released for Carnaval 1960 in which the author make a pun at Akiko Kojima's name. Miss Japan, Akiko Kojima was elected Miss Universe 1959 to everyone's surprise.



TC-1086 - December 1959 - Guido Miyoshi

A- Oh! Carol - calypso-rock (Greenfield-Sedaka) trans.: Fred Jorge-Kikuo Furuno; reciting: Getúlio Alves
B- Noite azul - rock-ballad (Carlos Armando-Rogério Cardoso) recorded: 7 DEC 1959.

TC-1136 - 23 May 1960 - Guido Miyoshi 

A- Quero amar - calypso-rock (Deane-Weissman) trans.: Fred Jorge-Kikuo Furuno
B- Destino - tango (Mario Teresópolis) trans.: Kikuo Furuno 

TC-1137 - August 1960 - Yoko Abe 

A- My baby - calypso-rock (H.Balmes-C.Adams) trans.: M.A.Galvão-Ciro Cruz; recorded: 23 May 1960
B- Lampeão de gás - waltz (Zica Bergami) trans.: Kikuo Furuno; recorded: 7 AUG 1960.

TC-1184 - 10 October 1960 - Guido Miyoshi Yoko Abe

A- Noite de paz (Stille Nacht) Franz Gruber; trans.: Kikuo Furuno
B- Sinos de Belém (Jingle bells) translation: Kikuo Furuno; arrangement: Evaldo Ruy

TC-1289 - 17 January 1962 - Guido Miyoshi 

A- Lamento - samba (Djalma Ferreira-Luiz Antonio) trans.: Kikuo Furuno
B- Naguissa nite - toada (Shichiro Onodera) 

Celly Campello discography






One woman man 

You're roaming and running around, you're winking at every girl in town
you'e wearing a heart made of stone, well, honey, you're gonna wind up alone.

I'm looking for a one-woman man, flirting and cheating I won't stand
I've always been a one-man woman and so I want a one-woman man

You're playing a game that's unking, well, honey, this girl isn't blind.
(spoken) Now you're fooling and you're telling lies, well, maybe you're jus better than wise.

You're going to find out that running about it's a game that never pays
I love you so but I'll let you go if you don't start mending your ways

Take warning and hear my advice, you're treading on very thin ice.
(spoken) Oh baby, you know, I've said it before and darling, I'm gonna say it just once more:

I'm looking for a one-woman man, flirting and cheating I won't stand
I've always been a one-man woman and so I want a one-woman man
I want a one-woman man, I want a one-woman man... 

written by Howard Greenfiel & Neil Sedaka
recorded by Bet E.Martin for Epic Records


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Carlos Gonzaga discography






Carlos Gonzaga's discography by the time the album 'Es tudo para mim' was released.




Thursday, 9 March 2017

Early rock discs in Brazil

'Long tall Sally' b/w 'Tutti frutti' had printed on its label: Little Richard e sua Banda. 'Tutti frutti' was released in the U.S.A. in December 1955; 'Long tall Sally' came out in March 1956. 
London was released by EMI-Odeon in Brazil. 
Lana Bittencourt covered The Diamonds (March 1957) who covered The Gladiolas (January 1957)... Lana's cover went to #1 in Brazil in December 1957.




REGINA CELIA

After Celly Campello hit the top of the charts in Brazil with 'Estupido cupido' - released by EMI-Odeon in March 1959 - every single record label dreamed of having their own Celly. Polydor signed Regina Celia, Miguel Vaccaro's independent Young found another talented young lady called Regina Celia too so they had to change her name to Regiane instead.  

1962.

'Se não, eu morro também' written by Roberto Carlos b/w 'Mil razões p'ra te amar' written by Hamilton Di Giorgio & Afonso Soares.



Friday, 24 February 2017

Young label in 1960

1960 promised to be a great year for all those involved in the Young Records dream. And if you read this page you'll agree that the dream did become reality. That was up until circa September when something really mysterious happened between rock-entrepreneur Miguel Vaccaro Netto and Paulinho Machado de Carvalho the manager of Emissoras Unidas that owned TV Record & Radio Panamericana. 'Disque Disco' was axed from Radio Panamericana, Vaccaro lost his daily column at 'Ultima Hora' from where most of these reports come from. In other words the dream was over.  

8 January 1960 - Friday - Young Records releases a new single: 'Kiss me honey, honey kiss me' b/w 'I can't live' sung by Lucy Perrier with back-vocals done by The Cupids.

21 January 1960 – Thursday  – Nick Savoia, 22 years old, covers Jimmy Harrison's 'Hiccups' b/w 'Since you've been gone' done originally by Clyde McPhatter (#38 on 3 August 1959). 

12 & 13 January 1960 - Young acts from Sao Paulo tour Rio de Janeiro on the weekend - Young Records acts performed at various venues in Rio on Saturday & Sunday; They were the main attraction at Radio Mayrink Veiga's 'Hoje é dia de rock' and later on at TV Tupi's 'Chacrinha's discotheque' on Channel 6.  

14 March 1960 - guitarrist Jose Provetti aka Gato has left the Jester Tigers to pursue a solo career.  

3 May 1960 - Tuesday - 'Bad boy' b/w 'I go ape' with Nick Savoia accompanied by The Rebels & The Beverlys at the background vocals is released in both 78 and 45 rpm formats.

14 May 1960 – Saturday  – Nick Savoia sings at 'Chacrinha's discotheque'; Hamilton Di Giorgio, The Beverlys plus Demetrius & The Devils are the main attraction at 'Show da Juventude' on Channel 7, the brand-new rock show MCed by Miguel Vaccaro Netto on Saturdays at 7:10 PM. After the TV programme they all go to Clube Piratininga. 

7 July 1960 - Thursday - Young Records releases Demetrius first single 'Hold me tight' b/w 'Young and in love'; Hamilton Di Giorgio's 2nd single for Young Records is released: 'Teenage sonata' b/w 'We got love'. Di Giorgio is the label's best selling artist.  

25 July 1960 - Monday - a special screening of 'A summer place' (Amores clandestinos) with Troy Donahue & Sandra Dee at Cine Ipiranga is sponsored by Warner Brothers & RGE that released 'Theme from 'A summer place' with Billy Vaughn & his Orchestra.  

7 JUL 1960 – 5a.  O guitarrista Gatto grava “Paris Belfort” para o 9 de Julho. 

25 July 1960 - Monday - 'Ritmo de gente moça' (Young people's rhythm) is a new rock-show produced by Nelson Duarte on Monday nights at ten minutes to 8:00 PM. Nick Savoia, Regiane and all the cast of Young Records is there.  

15 August 1960 - Monday - US singer Johnny Restivo starts his stint at Teatro Record at 10:00 PM. Even though it's a rainy night the theatre is full. Opening for Restivo is 'Um gaiato em Nova York' (A madcap in New York) a rock revue produced by Vaccaro and directed by Esdras Vassalo aka Doca who plays the main role - that of a Brazilian youth who visits New York and finds out about the many different parts of the city. Hamilton Di Giorgio, The Teenagers, Dori Angiolella, Marcos Roberto, Gato and Helena Maria sing each a number in the musical revue. When Doca arrives in Harlem he finds The Beverlys singing one of their hits. Regiane sang 'O Dio mio' in reference to the Italian immigrants in the city. Bobby Darin's latest US hit 'Clementine' (#21 on 4 April 1960) was performed dazzingly by Nick Savoia and Paul Evans' funny 'Happy go-lucky' (#10 on 30 May 1960) plus Johnny Preston's 'Running Bear' (#1 on 21 December 1959) were also performed at the revue. 

17 August 1960 - Tuesday - Vaccaro gives a dinner in honour of teen-idol Johnny Restivo after his recital at Teatro Record and invites the cast of Young Records who worked hard earlier in the night presenting the musical revue. When everyone had already eaten what they could at Zi Teresa's restaurant, on Rua Fernando de Albuquerque, a block away from the theatre, Gato took his guitar and improvised a song having been joined by The Teenagers and Hamilton Di Giorgio. Restivo also sang accompanied by the voices of The Teenagers. Johnny then asked the guys to show him Brazilian songs. Nick Savoia immediately broke into Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'A felicidade' (from 'Black Orpheus') to be followed by The Teenagers again who sang a few bossa nova tunes always accompanied by Gato on his guitar. Johnny Restivo was so taken up by the Brazilian rhythm he improvised a maraca to keep the beat that turned out to be a cross between cha-cha and rumba, the way Americans play samba. Oh what a lovely night that started with pizza and turned into a delicious musical salad. 


 Amelia de Paula Loureiro from The Beverlys, sings the counter-melody in Carlos David's 'In my heart'. 




Amelia de Paula Loureiro sings the counter-melody  in Carlos David's 'In my heart'. It is a haunting melody and it keeps up from the beginning up to the last note. Amelia should have been given credit on the record label. Well, at least we know it's been Amelia's work.