Tristeza Vai Embora was introduced on record in 1964 by Édison Machado on his debut album Édison Machado é Samba Novo.
Co-composer Mário Telles’ version, arranged by Moacir Santos and orchestrated by Astor Silva, was released shortly after Machado’s exquisite instrumental, whereby it is not to determine which one was recorded first.
Tristeza Vai Embora was one of three songs penned by Baden Powell and Mário Telles, elder brother of Sylvia Telles. Although the song was recorded only three times until 1969 before it got lost, it was the more successful of those three joint efforts: Aurora de Amor was issued only on Mário Telles’ sole album, Meu Pranto was issued only by Sete de Ouros with Myrzo Barroso on vocals, and Se Você Quiser was issued only by Elis Regina. All the same, Powell and Telles worked closely in the ‘Musicanossa’ movement that emerged from the shows at the Teatro Santa Rosa in Rio de Janeiro with the likes of Moacir Santos, Johnny Alf, Geraldo Vespar, Maurício Einhorn, Tito Madi, Mário Castro Neves, Carlos Lyra, Dom Salvador and others.
In 1969, Maria das Graças Rallo, simply known as Cláudia, issued her swinging rendition as b-side to Europa, França, Bahia. Two years later, she included the song on her second album.
Interestingly, it seems that Baden Powell never issued a version of his own.
Selected recordings of st Tristeza Vai Embora:
1. Édison Machado from the album Édison Machado é Samba Novo (1964, CBS 37337)
2. Mário Telles from the album Mário Telles (1964, CBS 37353)
3. Cláudia from the single Europa, França, Bahia b/w Tristeza Vai Embora (1969, RGE CS-70305) and the album Cláudia (1971, Premier/RGE PRLP 1150)