Friday, October 6, 2017


Looking back at the chart action of Italian acts in Brazil during the so-called 'Italian invasion' (1963-1967) one can clearly see that Rita Pavone was the #1 act followed by Sergio Endrigo, Bobby Solo. Pino Donaggio and Nico Fidenco.

Nico Fidenco was actually the first act to break through the Brazilian charts with 'Legata a un granello di sabbia' in 1963.

Fidenco's first 2 albums sold a lot of copies and he had quite a few hits with 'Tutta la gente' (1963), 'Se mi perderai' (1964), 'Con te sulla spiaggia' (1964) and finally 'A casa d'Irene' in 1965.

by May 1965, the Italian wave was abating... but Nico Fidenco went up the charts with 'A casa d'Irene' which tells the story of a mysterious brothel in a world resembling 'Blade runner'...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rita Pavone's 1st release: August 1963

fortnightly 'Radiolandia' - 15 August 1963 - shows an ad of  Rita Pavone's first record in Brazil: an E.P. containing 4 tracks: 'La partita di pallone', 'Come te non c'è nessuno', 'Alla mia età' & 'Clementine Chérie'; Nico Fidenco's new LP 'Canta Nico Fidenco' appears at 'Radiolandia' s 15 September 1963 issue; Tony Campello's new album is advertised in the same issue.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Roberto Carlos shows his preference for Gigliola

Sergio Endrigo & Roberto Carlos win big in San Remo 1968. 

weekly magazine 'Revista do Radio' asked a few show-business people in 1969 - what female singer they thought was the most charming of all. Roberto Carlos chose Gigliola Cinquetti. He must have met Gigliola at San Remo in 1968, when Carlos sang Sergio Endrigo's 'Canzone per te' and Cinquetti sang 'Sera'.
Rock star Roberto Carlos confesses he is charmed by Gigliola Cinquetti. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

'O Candelabro Italiano' - 27 February 1963

24 February 1963 - It was a Sunday before Carnaval... 'O candelabro italiano' (Rome Adventure) would open exactly on Ash Wednesday - 27 February 1963 at Cine Astor and Cine Paisandu. The columnist at newspaper 'O Estado de S.Paulo' wrote a lot of non-sense about the movie he had not seen yet even saying Suzanne was French when everyone knows Ms Pleshette was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Nothing of that really matters. What we're interested in is that 'O candelabro italiano' despite having opened at Carnaval's low season went on to become one of the most popular movies shown in 1963... sending 'Al di là' sung in the sound-track by Emilio Pericoli to Number One in the Brazilian Hit Parade... which opened the flood-gates to the insuing Italian music invasion of Brazil.
Historia de um quarteto amoroso que se complica e também encontra sua solução em meio as atrações turísticas de Roma. Como diretor, Delmer Daves não inspira nenhuma confiança, mas pelo produtor sabe como dar certa classe a seus filmes. Este marca a estreia de Suzanne Pleshette, uma francesinha parecida com Elizabeth Taylor, e que vem causando sensação nos Estados Unidos.
22 December 1963 - by the end of 1963 Alberto Lattuada's 1962 production 'Mafioso' which had Norma Benguel in the female-lead was released with pomp & circumstance... in the Brazilian ad Norma Benguel's name tops that of Alberto Sordi's which is a contradiction in itself since the movie's title referred to his portrayal not hers... well, Brazilians were proud of its country woman starring in such an important foreign movie and couldn't contain their enthusiasm.
In the meantime one could hear Rita Pavone sing 'La partita di pallone' or 'Cuore' on the radio waves... Emilio Pericoli's 'Al di là' had reached the top of the charts around July... Nico Fidenco's 'Legata a un granello di sabbia' was high in the charts... and RCA Victor was preparing its onslaught of Italian hits releasing its music catalogue as soon as Carnaval was over after Fat Tuesday, 11 February 1964 and Ash Wednesday, 12 February 1964.