Thursday, 20 September 2012

1974 Brazilian Hit Parade


Jumbo-Aeroporto was the biggest super-market in São Paulo circa 1974. It was located on Avenida Washington Luiz, just past Congonhas Airport. As one can see VW beetles were all the rage then.

Due to my frustration with Brazilian radio and Brazilian Hit Parade I tried to do something new. I started tuning to Brazilian country music programmes on the radio. It is called 'musica caipira' (hillbilly music) or 'musica sertaneja' (music from the outback/hinterlands). 

These radio shows were on air either very early in the morning before 7:00 AM or after 8:00 PM. I sort of liked their down-to-earth approach to things even though the music was not fantastic. Little by little I started getting familiar with the tunes and getting to like them. 

By the end of 1974 I was familiar enough with a lot of country hits and here's a list of the most popular ones then.



Luiz Carlos Parana's plaintive 'Flor do cafezal' released in 1971, sung by Castatinha & Inhana, a powerful duo who kept on making hits since 1951;  'Tchau amor' was such a hit that became Zé Bettio's radio show signing-off tune.

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1.  Tchau amor  -  Zé Tapera & Teodoro  (1973)
2.  Caminheiro  -  Liu & Leu  (Jack) (1974)
3.  Vou tomár um pingão  -  Tião Carreiro & Pardinho (Vida cabocla) (1973)
4.  Flor do cafezal  -  Cascatinha & Inhana (1971)
5.  A gaivota  -  Leo Canhoto & Robertinho (1972)

6.  Boia fria  -  Jacó & Jacózinho (1973)
7.  Menino da porteira  -  Tião Carreiro & Pardinho (1973)
8.  Pombinha mensageira  -  Belmonte & Amaraí  (1967)


Tião Carreiro & Pardinho, the most successful duo in Brazilian country-music in earlier days; Tião Carreiro & Pardinho with 1973's 'Vida Cabocla'


Brothers Liu & Leu's 'Caminheiro', released in 1974, became an instant hit and today is an evergreen. Its poignant lyrics dealt with the situation of a country young man who lives in the city and is sending a message to his old mother who's stayed back in the country; Jacó & Jacozinho - 1974

Radio shows I listened to circa 1973, 1974 & 1975


São Paulo's Radio Record had the best country-music programmes during the 1970s. During day time it was a regular pop-music radio-station but it had a complete change-over after 8:00 PM. I became a regular Radio Record listener while I did push-ups and worked out.


The Brazilian government has a monopoly on radio stations's waves from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM when they broadcast 'A Voz do Brasil' (Brazil's Voice) a one-hour news-programme about the day's official functions at the National Congress and other government business. Commercial broadcasting comes back at 8:00 PM.

'Programa Zé Bettio' on Radio Record de São Paulo.  Zé Bettio was an accordion player turned into a DJ who had two radio shows; one from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM and the other in the aftertoon from 5:30 PM up to 7:00 PM.


'Linha Sertaneja Classe A', a two-hour country-music show compered by José Russo came on at 8:00 PM soon after 'A Voz do Brasil'. Sometimes they had live music performed by duos or trios. Sometimes they had commedy skits and a lot of non-sense talk. Those programmes were fun and it was a way for performers to advertise their next gigs around the country. 

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JANUARY  5,  1974

1.  48 Crash  -  Suzy Quatro
2.  Tu nella mia vita  -  Wes & Dori Gezzi ('Os ossos do barão')
3.  Mind games  -  John Lennon
4.  Proposta  -  Roberto Carlos
5.  You are everything  -  Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye

6.  Photograph  -  Ringo Starr
7.  Midnight train to Georgia  -  Gladys Knight & the Pips
8.  Sideshow  -  Blue Magic
9.  Let's get it on  -  Marvin Gaye
10.


FEBRUARY  9,  1974

1.  Me and you  -  Dave MacLean 
2.  No more troubles  -  Shariff Dean
3.  Camisa 10  -  Luiz Américo
4.  Canção para Juliana  -  Mathuzalem (novela 'Os Inocentes' 5 Feb 1974 to 7 Sep 1974)
5.  Minhas qualidades, meus defeitos  -  Paulo Sergio

6.  Pé no caminho  -  Daniel
7.  Sweet painted lady  -  Elton John
8.  Porque te amo  -  Celso Ricardi (tele-novela 'Os Inocentes')
9. (Quanta saudade eu sinto de você) Minha namorada - Wanderley Cardoso
10.


M A R C H  16,  1974

1.  Us and them  -  Pink Floyd
2.  Goodbye yellow brick road  -  Elton John
3.  Palavras  -  Roberto Carlos
4.  Roy Rodgers  -  Elton John
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6.  Some day, somewhere - Demis Roussos
7.  O mundo melhor de Pixinguinha  -  Jair Rodrigues
8.  I'm falling in love with you  -  Little Anthony & the Imperials
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A P R I L  27,  1974

1.  Manhãs de Setembro - Vanusa
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4.  Jo Jo Bengy  -  Alfie Khan
5.  Chacrilongo (Chato, Cri-cri, pernilongo) -  Ponto & Vírgula (RGE)

6.  Love's theme  -  Barry White & the Love Unlimited Orchestra
7.  O mensageiro  -  Waldick Soriano (RCA)
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M A Y  18,  1974

1.  Gostava tanto de você - Tim Maia (Polydor)
2.  Thanks for saving my life  -  Billy Paul
3.  Looking for a love  -  Bobby Womack
4.  Rotina  -  Roberto Carlos

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7.  Salve, linda canção sem esperança - Luiz Melodia (Philips)
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J U N E  2,  1974

1.  You make me feel brand new  -  Stylistics
2.  Felicidade foi embora  -  Caetano Veloso (Philips)
3.  Sempre lhe direi (Lady lay) -  Wanderley Cardoso (Copacabana)
4.  Você é doida demais  -  Lindomar Castilho (RCA)
5.  The sound of Philadelphia  -  MFSB (Epic)

6.  Você não merecia  -  Renato & seus Blue Caps (CBS)
7.  I won't last a day without you  -  Carpenters (A&M-Odeon)
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J U L Y  14,  1974

1.  Como se fosse meu irmão - Lilian (CBS)
2.  Na rua, na chuva, na fazenda  -  Hyldon (Polydor)
3.  The show must go on  -  Three Dog Night (Dunhill-Odeon)
4.  Chanson d' Anna (instrumental)  -  Herb Ohta & André Popp (A&M-Odeon)
5.  Rhapsody in white  -  Barry White ('Fogo sobre terra' 8 May '74 to 7 Jan '75)

6.  The ballad of Danny Bailey  -  Elton John
7.  Teimosa - Antonio Carlos & Jocafi
8.  Se você soubesse  -  Renato & seus Blue Caps (CBS)
9.  No silêncio da madrugada  -  Luiz Ayrão (Odeon)
10.


AUGUST  4,  1974

1.  Gita  -  Raul Seixas
2.  Conto de areia  -  Clara Nunes (Odeon)
3.  1.800 colinas  -  Beth Carvalho (Tapecar)
4.  Noi due per sempre  -  Wess & Dori Gezzi (Durium-Young-RGE)
5.  Cadê você?  -  Odair José (Polydor)

6.  Sugar baby love  -  The Rubettes (Polydor)
7.  Benny and the Jets  -  Elton John (MCA-Young)
8.  Band on the run  -  Paul McCartney & Wings (Apple-Odeon)
9.  Love's in motion  -  Stories (TV Tupi's 'Os inocentes' (5 Feb 1974 to 7 Sep 1974)
10. Nervos de aço  -  Paulinho da Viola (Odeon)



SEPTEMBER  7,  1974

1.  Lady it's time to go  -  Stu Nunnery
2.  O boi vai atrás  -  João da Praia (
3.  Rio de lágrima  -  Sergio Reis
4.  Don't let me down  -  The Hollies
5.  Rock your baby  -  George McCrae

6.  She  -  Charles Aznavour
7.  See me, feel me  -  Anarchic System
8.  Folia de Rei  -  Baiano & os Novos Caetanos
9.  Flores astrais  -  Secos & Molhados
10.  De amor eu morrerei  -  Gal Costa


OCTOBER 12,  1974

1.  Por que chora a tarde? - Antonio Marcos (RCA) 
2.  Fim de noivado  -  Claudio Roberto (CBS)
3.  A noite mais linda do mundo (Felicidade)  - Odair José (Polydor)
4.  Cada dia que passa (eu te amo mais)  -  Luiz Carlos Clay (Copacabana)
5.  Rock the boat  -  Hues Corporation (RCA)

6.  Tears  -  Chrystian
7.  Tá todo mundo louco  -  Silvio Brito (Chantecler)
8.  (Somos todos meio) Animais irracionais - Dom & Ravel (Beverly)
9.  Não são só palavras lindas  -  Heleno (RCA)
10. After the gold rush  -  Prelude


NOVEMBER  2,  1974

1.  Excuse me  -  Junior
2.  João de Barro  -  Sergio Reis (RCA)
3.  Vai doer  -  Nazareno & Pena Branca
4.  Dois p'ra lá, dois p'ra cá  -  Elis Regina (Philips)
5.  Menina faceira  -  Roberto Leal (RGE)

6.  We can make it happen again  -  Stylistics (Avco)
7.  Sweet painted lady - Elton John (MCA-Young-RGE)
8.  Abre alas - Ivan Lins (Philips)
9.  Arrasta a sandália - Trio Esperança (Odeon)
10. Toró de lágrimas - Antonio Carlos & Jocafi (RCA)



DECEMBER  14,  1974

Moro onde não mora ninguém  -  Agepê 
1.  Feelings  -  Morris Albert (Charger-Records-Copacabana)
Sou uma criança não entendo nada - Erasmo Carlos (Polydor)
2.  Pensando bem  -  Antonio Marcos
3.  Rockin' soul  -  The Hues Corporation
4.  Saudades e flores - Os Originais do Samba
5.  Let's put it all together  -  Stylistics

6. Coco, só coco - Medida Certa (Cid)
7. Tu sei cosi  -  Fred Bongusto
8. Tragédia no fundo do mar  -  Originais do Samba
9.  Flores mortas  -  Leno (CBS)
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Antonio Marcos's 'Cicatrizes' (Scars) released in August '74 produced 2 hits: 'Por que chora a tarde?' and 'Pensando bem'.


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