Friday, June 28, 2013

RGE singles

RGE (Radio Gravações Elétricas) distributed Italian records since its early days. In 1957, it realesed Teddy Reno's 'Piccolissima serenata' and has ever since stuck mainly with CGC (Compagnia Generale di Dischi).

RGE actual numbering system is CS-70.000 but I simplified to 000

036  -  Hot pastrami / Dartell stomp - The Dartells
045  -  Wipe out / Surfer Joe - The Surfaris (Dot)
055  -  Sugar shack / My heart is free - Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs (Dot)
070  -  Non ho l'età / Sei un bravo ragazzo  -  Gigliola Cinquetti  -  1964
108  -  Ciao, pussycat! / Adamo ed Eva (Once upon a time)  -  Luigi con Orch. Renato Angiolini

134  -  Ho bisogno di vederti / Grazie, amore  -  Gigliola Cinquetti  -  1965
132  -  Lascia stà / Sono andato via  -  Ruperto Da Vinci
182  -  Un uomo che vale / Sempre  -  Gino Paoli
185  -  Dio, come ti amo (San Remo '66) / Vuoi  -  Gigliola Cinquetti  (GCD)  -  1966
189  -  Nessuno mi può giudicare /(San Remo '66) Se lo dici tu  -  Caterina Caselli

191  -  La carta vincente (San Remo '66) / La vita è un valzer  -  Gino Paoli
225  -  L'uomo d'oro / Perdono - Caterina Caselli
227  -  Wild thing / With a girl like you - The Troggs (Page One)
229  -  Se la vita è così / Con l'aiuto del tuo amore - Tony Del Monaco

251  -  Il cammino di ogni speranza (San Remo '67) / Le biciclette bianche - Caterina Caselli - 1967
256  -  Un uomo, una donna / La musica è finita (Nisa-Califano-Bindi) - Ornella Vanoni
271  -  Sono bugiarda (I'm a believer) / Incubo no. 4  -  Caterina Caselli
296  -  Bend me, shape me / Mindrocker - The American Breed - 1968
299  -  Casa bianca / Serafino - Ornella Vanoni (Ariston)

308  -  Canção (Canzone) / Um homem chora só por amor (Un uomo piange solo per amore) - Walter Ney
317  -  Mony mony / One two three and I fell - Tommy James & the Shondells (Roulette) 1968
323  -  Quando sei triste prendi una tromba e suona / Finisce qui - Ornella Vanoni (Ariston) 1968
350  -  Just a dream ago (adapt. Puccini's 'Un bel di') / The measure of a man - Rita Moss (Dot)  1969
372  -  Crystal blue persuasion / I'm alive - Tommy James & the Shondells (Roulette) 1969
385  -  Ball of fire / Makin' good time - Tommy James & the Shondells (Roulette) 1969
353  -  Crisom and clover / I'm taken - Tommy James & the Shondells (Roulette) 1969
361  -  Sweet cherry wine / Breakaway - Tommy James & the Shondelss (Roulette) 1969
423  -  Lady D'Arbanville / I will survive - London 1970

The Dartells (036) were a California band who were picked up by Dot Records.
'Wipe out' (045) by The Surfaris
'Sugar shack' (055) with Jimmy Gilmer was a mild-hit in Brazil.
Gigliola Cinquetti (070) won San Remo Festival with 'Non ho l'età' (Per amarti) which translates as 'I'm not old enough to love you'... and it was a world-wide hit. Brazil was not different from the rest.
Luigi (?) sings 'Ciao, pussycat!' (108) from 'What's new, pussycat?' backed with 'Adamo ed Eva' another Tom Jones' tune 'Once upon a time'
by the manly good looks of Luigi's it looked like he wanted to be the Italian version of Tom Jones.
'Ho bisogno di vederti' (134) was Gigliola 's entry at San Remo 1965. It was a non-event.
Ruperto Da Vinci (132) was pseudonym for Radio Bandeirantes DJ Helio Ribeiro, an Italophile who translated two Brazilian hits into Italian and recorded them himself.
Gino Paoli (182) had been in the forefront of the Italian invasion in early 1964 with 'Sapore di sale'. Now, that he had left RCA Italiana for CGD he was not as successful. 
Gigliola does it again in 1965: 'Dio, come ti amo' (185) wins San Remo and this time it is even bigger than 1964; the song becomes a black-and-white film that plays to crowded cinemas all around the country. 'Dio, come ti amo' as an EP release by RGE. It was originally released in 1965 but kept on selling for the rest of the decade due to the film's success among teenagers and romantic people in general. Brazilians fell in love with the movie 'Dio, come ti amo' released in April 1966 in Italy. It was constantly been shown some place in town. São Paulo is a big sprawling city which had dozens of movie theatres. If one wanted to watch 'Dio come ti amo' one would get a newspaper and look up the movie-house list... and one was bound to find it playing somewhere in the outskirts of town. That went on from 1967 to the mid-1970s.
Caterina Caselli (189) was the greatest sensation of San Remo '66. 'Nessuno mi può giudicare' (No one can pass judgement on me) had a little air-play but not enough to become a hit. Brazil's own Jerry Adriani recorded it (in Italian) for CBS which played more than the original.
'La carta vincente' (191) was Gino Paoli's entry to San Remo 1966. RGE released it on the strength of Paoli's name being popular, but it went nowhere. Italian hits were actually getting scarcer by the month. The novelty had worn off and competition from the local product and the Anglo-american power was irresistable. Soon RGE would turn to releasing singles with no sleeves, I mean, only those hideous 'standard' covers. As they say: all cats are grey in the dark. What a bore!
The Troggs (227) a British band with 'Wild thing' their 2 greatest hits.
Walter Ney (308) covers Don Backy's 'Canzone' (Canção) and  Little Tony's 'Un uomo piange solo per amore' from San Remo 1968.
Tommy James & the Shondells (317) with 'Mony mony' their greatest hit in Brazil. 

Extended-plays 

Teddy Reno's 'Piccolissima serenata' as an EP released by RGE in 1957; 'Piccolissima serenata' as an Italian 78 rpm.

Barclay's singles BARCS-1.0000 released through RGE

1001  -  Devi sapere (Il faut savoir) / Dammi i tuoi 16 anni (Donne tes 16 ans) - Charles Aznavour 
1002  -  Amore scusami / Non ti pentire mai - Dalida - 1965 
1003  -  Que c'est triste Venise / Avec - Charles Aznavour
1004  -  Il faut savoir / Et pourtant - Charles Aznavour
1005  -  La danse de Zorba / Tu n'as pas merite - Dalida
1007  -  Isabelle / Le toréador - Charles Aznavour
1008  -  Il silenzio / Le colline sono in fiore - Dalida
1009  -  C'est fini / Les deux guitares - Charles Aznavour

1016  -  Un homme et une femme / Celui que j'aime - Mireille Mathiéu
1018  -  Ciao, amore, ciao (Tenco) / Pensiamoci ogni sera - Dalida - 1967
1015  -  Bang bang / Sola più che mai (Strangers in the night) - Dalida
1020  -  Adieu a la nuit / Pour un coeur sans amour - Mireille Mathiéu
1023  -  Je suis que c'èst l'ètè / Les espagnols - Christophe - 1967
1026  -  La dernière valse (The last waltz) /  Un monde avec toi - Mireille Mathiéu 
1027  -  Canzone d'Aranjuez / L'ultimo valzer - Dalida

1030  -  Caroline / Emmenez-moi - Charles Aznavour - 1968 
1032  -  Dan dan dan / Amare per vivere - Dalida - 1968 
1033  -  J'ai gardé l'accent / La vieille barque - Mireille Mathiéu

Italian music was so popular in Brazil that even French acts like Aznavour would sing in Italian.
'Que c'èst triste Venise' (1003) was Charles Aznavour's greatest hit in Brazil.
'Il faut savoir' (1004) was first released in Italian; then Aznavour charted in French so RGE decided to give the original a go. 
'La danse de Zorba' (1005) was Dalida's greatest hit in Brazil.
'Isabelle' (1007) Charles Aznavour's follow-up to 'Venise' also went Top 5
Dalida (1008) sings 'Il silenzio' b/w 'Le colline sono in fiore' in Italian
'C'est fini' b/w 'Les deux guitares' (1009)

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