No. 44 — Pages 22-23: Cauby Peixoto | Nelson Gonçalves

Brazilliance - Pages 22-23

  • Cauby Peixoto — O Show Vai Começar
    (1956) Columbia LPCB 35029
  • Roberto Audi — Música Para Nós Dois
    (1961) Copacabana CLP 11175
  • Ivon Curi — Meus Melhores Momentos
    (1958) RCA Victor BBL 1011
  • Carlos Lyra — Depois do Carnaval – O Sambalanço de Carlos Lyra
    (1962) Philips P 630.492 L
  • Nelson Gonçalves — Tudo de Mim
    (1964) RCA Victor BBL 1291
  • Cauby Peixoto — Canção de Rouxinol
    (1956) Columbia LPCB 35016
  • Carlos Nobre — Tudo é Paz
    (1964) RCA Victor BBL 1282
  • Luiz Bonfá — Luiz Bonfá
    (1955) Continental LPP 21
  • Cauby Peixoto — O Sucesso na Voz de Cauby Peixoto
    (1960) RCA Victor BBL 1096
  • Ribamar, Zito Righi — Ribamar & Zito Righi
    (1963) Musidisc Hi-Fi 2073


This double-page spread features the legendary crooners Cauby Peixoto and Nelson Gonçalves.

Cauby Peixoto Barros (1931-2016), was born into a very musical family. His father Cadet was a guitarist and nephew of the pianist Romualdo Peixoto. Singer Cyro Monteiro was his cousin. Brother Moacyr Peixoto was a pianist, brother Araquén Peixoto a trumpeter, and sister Andyara Peixoto a singer.

Cauby Peixoto started to sing in a church choir. In 1949, he performed in various talent shows at Rádio Tupi in São Paulo, before travelling the night club circuit in Rio de Janeiro. In 1951, he recorded his debut single Saia Branca b/w Ai Que Carestia. In 1952, Cauby Peixoto moved to São Paulo to serve as a crooner in the renowned nightclubs Oásis and Arpége. The same year, his ability to perform in English and other languages paired him with Leny Eversong on Blue Guitar, the b-side on her single Jezebel. In 1954, his version of the jazz standard Blue Gardenia provided the commercial breakthrough. The debut album of the same name in 1955 compiled some more songs of American origin, two of them recorded in Hollywood with Paul Weston, orchestra leader and husband of singer Jo Stafford.

Cauby Peixoto — O Sucesso na Voz de Cauby Peixoto (a)    Cauby Peixoto — O Sucesso na Voz de Cauby Peixoto (b)

In late 1956, after some more trips to the US including television appearances and a recording session with Percy Faith, Cauby Peixoto launched his rendition of Conceição, a song by Jair Amorim and Valdemar de Abreu ‘Dunga’ that was introduced earlier that year by Dircinha Bastista. Cauby Peixoto’s Conceição became not only the most successful song of the year but finally established him as top notch vocalist with crazed fans.

The late fifties and the sixties were Cauby Peixoto’s heyday with albums like O Show Vai Começar, Canção Que Inspirou Você and Cauby Interpreta, including hits like Ninguém É de Ninguém and Escândalo. When Djalma Ferreira relocated to the US in 1963, Cauby Peixoto leased his nightclub Drink in Rio de Janeiro. There, Cauby Peixoto appeared for years alongside his siblings Moacyr, Araquén and Andyara. He began to record a little less in favour for concert and television appearances, though he records constantly.

Cauby Peixoto’s pointed vocal style and his unique vibrato, along with an amazing career of more than sixty years, made him one of Brazil’s most exceptional vocalists.

Playlist Cauby Peixoto:
1. Volta ao Passado (Fernando César) from the album O Show Vai Começar (1956)
2. Si Tu Partais (Michel Emer) from the album Quando Os Peixotos Se Encontram (1957)
3. Conceição (Jair Amorim – Valdemar de Abreu ‘Dunga’) from the album Você, A Música e Cauby (1956)
4. Escândalo (Ruben Fuentes – Rafael Cardenas – Teixeira Filho) from the single Palavra Que Faltou b/w Escândalo (1961)
5. Amore Scusami (Vito Pallavicini – Gino Mescoli) from the album Cauby Canta Para Ouvir e Dançar (1965)
6. Onde Ela Mora (Getúlio Macedo – Lourival Faissal) from the album Música e Romance (1957)
7. É  Tão Sublime o Amor (Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing) (Paul Francis Webster – Sammy Fain – Alberto Almeida) from the album Você, A Música e Cauby (1956)
8. Ninguém é de Ninguém (Umberto Silva – Luis Mergulhão – Toso Gomes) from the album Perdão Para Dois (1961)
9. Besame Mucho – Amor (Consuelo Velásquez – Gabriel Ruiz – Ricardo Lopes Mendez) from the album Um Drink com Cauby e Leny (1968)
10. Ana Lúcia (João Roberto Kelly – Augusto Melo Pinto) from the single Menina da Penha b/w Ana Lúcia (1965)

Conceição performed by Cauby Peixoto in the movie Com Água na Boca (1956)

The art work for Canção de Rouxinol and O Show Vai Começar is uncredited.

Cauby Peixoto — Canção de Rouxinol (a)


Cauby Peixoto — O Show Vai Começar (a)

Cauby Peixoto — O Show Vai Começar (b)

The art work for Ribamar & Zito Righi is by Joselito with photograph by Mafra.

Ribamar, Zito Righi — Ribamar & Zito Righi (a)    Ribamar, Zito Righi — Ribamar & Zito Righi (b)

Luiz Bonfá — Luiz Bonfá (a)    Luiz Bonfá — Luiz Bonfá (b)

Ivon Curi — Meus Melhores Momentos (a)    Ivon Curi — Meus Melhores Momentos (b)


Carlos Nobre — Tudo é Paz (a)    Carlos Nobre — Tudo é Paz (b)

Nelson Gonçalves (1919-1998), born Antônio Gonçalves Sobral of Portuguese descent, still ranks as the third best-selling Brazilian vocalist ever with more than 75 million records.

In his youth, Nelson Gonçalves worked in a number of jobs including meachanics and boxing. At 18, he embarked his career as a singer in a talent show on Radio Tupi in São Paulo, despite the fact that he suffered from stuttering in his speaking voice. In 1939, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, again performing in talent shows including one by composer Ary Barroso, who advised him to quit singing.

In 1941, Nelson Gonçalves got the chance to record his debut single Se Eu Pudesse Um Dia b/w Sinto-me Bem through the agency of composers Osvaldo França and Rosano Monello. The record sales earned him a contract with Rádio Mayrink Veiga and RCA Victor, the only label he would ever record for. Success was not long in coming, and Nelson Gonçalves became one of the most popular singers, scoring 35 of his 73 singles in that decade among the annual top 100, including Maria Bethânia by Capiba in 1945, Segredo by Herivelto Martins and Marino Pinto in 1947, and Normalista by Benedito Lacerda and David Nasser in 1949.

In the fifties, Nelson Gonçalves performed concerts around the world including at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. 1955 saw the release of his debut album, Noel Rosa na Voz Romântica de Nelson Gonçalves, followed by Caminhemos – Nelson Gonçalves Interpretando Músicas de Herivelto Martins in 1957, both composer’s tributes. In 1958, Buquê de Melodias mostly featured his earlier hits in re-recorded versions. From then on, Nelson Gonçalves released at least one album each year, sometimes even three or four, for the next forty years.

In the late fifties, Nelson Gonçalves became addicted to cocaine, a problem that seriously jeopardised his career and escalated in 1966 when he was accused and acquitted at trial. The same year, Coisas Minhas, arranged and conducted by Portinho, was his first album which sucessfully featured only self-penned songs.

With his distinctive voice and tasteful performances, underpinned by a vast back catalogue of about 160 singles and almost 60 original albums, Nelson Gonçalves is one of the most impressive vocalists of Brazil.

Playlist Nelson Gonçalves:
1. Deusa do Asfalto (Adelino Moreira) from the album Êxtase (1959)
2. Ternura Antiga (Ribamar – Dolores Duran) from the album Na Voz de Nelson Gonçalves (1963)
3. Apoio Moral (Herivelto Martins – Marino Pinto) from the album Meu Perfil (1960)
4. Errei Erramos (Ataulfo Alves) from the album Buquê de Melodias (1958)
5. Indulto (Adelino Moreira) from the album Eu e Minha Tristeza (1962)
6. Há Meia Hora Apenas (Jair Amorim – Evaldo Gouveia) from the album Nelson Sempre Nelson (1964)
7. Fantoche (Adelino Moreira) from the album Queixas (1960)
8. A Volta do Boêmio (Adelino Moreira) from the album Na Voz de Nelson Gonçalves (1963)
9. O Dia Que Me Queiras (El Dia Que Me Quieras) (Carlos Gardel – Alfredo Le Pera – Haroldo Barbosa) from the album Nelson Gonçalves e o Tango (1967)
10. Funeral de um Sambista (Evaldo Gouveia – Jair Amorim) from the album Só Nós Dois (1970)

Atiraste uma Pedra performed by Nelson Gonçalves in the movie Cala a Boca Etelvina (1959)

The art work for Tudo de Mim is uncredited.

Nelson Gonçalves — Tudo de Mim (a)

Nelson Gonçalves — Tudo de Mim (b)


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