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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

18 Aprile 1964 Italian hit parade

Here's an example of the Italian singles' charts - 18 April 1964 - and its correlation to the Brazilian charts of 6 or 7 months later. In other words... it took approximately between 6 months to one year for an Italian single to reach the Brazilian charts... when it did. 

Let's only take the records that entered both Italian and Brazilian charts: John Foster's 'Amore scusami' reached #1 in Italy on 18 April 1964 and reached #1 in Brazil 9 months later - on 5 January 1965. 

Adriano Celentano never had a hit in Brazil. Mina's 'È l'uomo per me' fell from the #1 position in Italy and - believe it or not - it was the one and only hit Mina has ever had in Brazil - reaching #8 in September 1964. 

Richard Anthony's 'Cin cin' was #1 in Italy in March 1964 and #1 in Brazil circa October 1964. 

Gianni Morandi's 'In ginocchio da te' reached #1 in Italy around June and # 5 in Brazil circa November 1964.

Nico Fidenco's 'Con te sulla spiaggia' was going up the Italian charts in April 1964 but only reached #15 in Brazil circa November 1964. 

Rita Pavone's 'Scrivi' went up 13 notches to #12 in April... in Brazil 'Scrivi' went up to #1 in August 1964. The only reason it went up so high and so soon was because Rita Pavone had toured Brazil in late June 1964 and was really popular on TV. 

Bobby Solo's 'Credi a me' reached #13 in Italy... it played well on the Brazilian radio but as 'Una lacrima sul viso' had been #2 for 8 weeks circa June-July 1964... it sort of cancelled itself out. 

So from out of a list of the 30 best selling singles in Italy in April 1964 - Brazilians chose to buy only 8 singles which was less than one-third. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

imported Italian magazines in the 1960s.

The so-called Italian music invasion of Brazil started up in mid to late 1963. with Nico Fidenco's 'Legata a un granello di sabbia' and Emilio Pericoli's 'Al di là'.

In 1964, Rita Pavone's 'Datemi un martello' was the best selling single in the country; the runner-up was Sergio Endrigo's 'Io che amo solo te'...

1965 started with John Foster's 'Amore scusami' at the top of the charts; in March 1965, Bobby Solo's 'Se piangi se ridi' was #1... and by August 1965, Pino Donaggio's 'Io che non vivo (senza te)' was #1 in the whole country.

Then, as of September 1965, Brazilian rock aka Jovem Guarda (Young Guard) took over from the Italians... but one could still listen to Italian hits like Gianni Morandi's 'In ginocchio da te' on the radio.

As 1966 started, suddenly, out of the blue there was a 'flood' of Italian magazines on the newsstands of Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro. Italian illustrated magazines like 'Oggi', 'Gente', 'L' Europeo' etc. were common but not youth-oriented-magazines... that was new! 'BIG' was the first Italian youth-magazine I bought. 'Giovani' came out soon after...

In Rio de Janeiro, for being a sea-port city one could find a much wider variety of Italian rags like 'Bolero', 'Sorrisi e Canzoni' and others. Here are some examples of the Italian youth-magazines I used to cherish.

4 Febbraio 1966 (Rita Pavone); 21 Gennaio 1966 (Edoardo Vianello).
BIG 4 Marzo 1966.
2 Luglio 1966 with Michele; 20 Agosto 1966 with Dino.
9 Marzo 1967; Cantagiro 1967.
26 Gennaio 1967.