- Quarteto Arpoador — Bossa no Castelinho
(1963) Esquema EDL-MU 5024
- Carlos Lacerda — O Governador do Teclado Interpreta Djalma Ferreira
(1961) Carroussell SELP 3007
- Juca Mestre — Panorama Músical do Brasil
(1962) Áudio Fidelity AFLP 1954
- Antônio Chaves, Afonso Maia, Celso Diniz — Vozes Novas do Rio
(1965) Musidisc Hi-Fi 2124
- Miltinho, Lucienne Franco, Ernâni Filho, Carlos José, Agnaldo Rayol, Roberto Silva, Lenita Bruno, Ted Moreno, Zezé Gonzaga, Jorge Goulart, Orquestra Copacabana, Côro de Joab Teixeira — Festival do Rio – As Dez Mais Lindas Canções de Amor
(1960) Copacabana CLP 11172
- Edmundo Peruzzi — Rio-Show
(1965) Independente STU-01
- Gilberto Alves — Gilberto Alves e o Samba
(1959) Copacabana CLP 11116
- Severino Filho — Rio de Janeiro, Gosto de Você
(1958) Polydor LPNG 4022
- Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink no Rio de Janeiro
(1959) Discos Drink DF-LPA-13.005
- Maysa — Barquinho
(1961) Columbia LPCB 37161
- Lana Bittencourt — Sambas do Rio
(1961) Columbia LPCB 37152
- Orlando Silva — Quando a Saudade Apertar
(1961) RCA Victor BBL 1134
- Luiz Arruda Paes — Brasil – Dia e Noite
(1957) Odeon MOCB 3000
- Copa Combo — Bossa e Agogô
(196?) Ritmos CDL 13021
This double-page spread from the book features sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro by Lana Bittencourt, Severino Filho and Hélio Mendes.
Irlan Figueiredo Passos, artistically known as Lana Bittencourt (*1931), enjoyed a successful career as a singer and actress in the fifties and sixties, after studying Anglo-Germanic languages at the Faculty of Philosophy. Renowned for her ability to sing in several languages, which earned her a prefix “A Internacional”, she started her artistic life in 1954 at Rádio Tupi in Rio de Janeiro. The same year, she recorded her first single, Samba da Noite b/w Emoção, toured Brazil and had an exclusive program on TV Paulista. In 1955, she moved to the label Columbia, where she recorded most of her albums and scored a string of hits, including Se Alguém Telefonar by Jair Amorim and Alcyr Pires Vermelho, Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Você by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, and Little Darling by Maurice Williams, which became Brazil’s number one pop song of 1958.
Lana Bittencourt released seven albums from 1957 to 1965, including the fabulous Sambas do Rio in 1961, arranged and conducted by Astor Silva, featuring her memorable renditions of Rí, Chorou Chorou and Poema das Mãos by Luiz Antônio, and Só Em Teus Braços and Fotografia by Antônio Carlos Jobim.
Best known for her renditions of international songs, Lana Bittencourt’s mastery is much more advantageous in her samba and samba-canção recordings.
Playlist Lana Bittencourt:
1. Chorou, Chorou (Luiz Antônio) from the album Sambas do Rio (1961)
2. Se Alguém Telefonar (Jair Amorim – Alcyr Pires Vermelho) from the album Lana em Musicalscope (1958)
3. Rua da Minha Cidade (Irany de Oliveira – Bruno Marnet) from the album Intimamente (1958)
4. Rí (Luiz Antônio) from the album Sambas do Rio (1961)
5. Olhos Verdes (Vicente Paiva) from the album Exaltação ao Samba (1962)
6. Além do Céu (Édson Borges – Sidney Morais) from the album Lana em Musicalscope (1958)
7. Castigo (Dolores Duran) from the album Lana no 1800, recorded live at the restaurant ‘Rio 1800’ (1965)
The atmospheric art work for Sambas do Rio is uncredited.
Juca Mestre is the alias of Severino Filho (*1928), born as Severino de Araújo Silva Filho, a renowned arranger, orchestra and chorus leader, singer and composer. In 1942, he and his brother Ismael Neto founded one of Brazil’s most successful vocal groups: Os Cariocas. When his brother died in 1956, Severino Filho assumed the group’s leadership and continued the quartet’s career for a period of more than twenty years. Apart from Os Cariocas, he recorded nine albums under his own name, mostly sentimental, sometimes cheesy, but always skilled. Panorama Musical do Brasil as Juca Mestre and his Brasileiros is one the many albums recorded in Brazil to attract a foreign audience.
Playlist Severino Filho:
1. Não Me Diga Adeus (Paquito – Luis Soberano – João Correia da Silva) from the album Panorama Musical do Brasil (1962) as Juca Mestre
2. Holiday for Strings (David Rose) from the album Metais e Vozes em Festival (1963)
3. A Lapa (Herivelto Martins – Benedito Lacerda) from the album Rio de Janeiro, Gosto de Você (1958)
The art work for Panorama Musical do Brasil is uncredited.
The art work for Rio de Janeiro, Gosto de Você is uncredited, in contrast the model adoring Pão de Açúcar and Morro da Urca is indicated as actress Manon Godoy.
The art work for Vozes Nova do Rio is by Joselito with photographs by Mafra.
The art work for O Governador do Teclado Interpreta Djalma Ferreira is by Humberto Carvalho.
Pianist and organist Hélio Mendes is hard to investigate, except for the fact that he released five albums from 1963 to 1966, playing fine jazzy bossa nova and samba.
Quarteto Arpoador’s Bossa No Castelinho is actually the alias release of Na Bossa by Hélio Mendes and his Trio Vagalume, featuring Hélio Mendes on piano, Maurício de Oliveira on guitar, Edílio on bass and Betinho on drums.
Playlist Hélio Mendes & Trio Vagalume:
1. Mas Que Nada (Jorge Ben) from the album Na Bossa a.k.a. Bossa No Castelinho (1963)
2. Corcovado (Antônio Carlos Jobim) from the album Week-end no Rio (1963)
3. Rio (Roberto Menescal – Ronaldo Bôscoli) from the album Na Bossa a.k.a. Bossa No Castelinho (1963)
The art work for Bossa No Castelinho, showing Arpoador beach, is by Joselito with photograph by Mafra.