The jazzy instrumental Meu Fraco é Café Forte was introduced in 1964 by Copa Trio at a charity concert at Jornal O Globo, issued on record as É Tempo de Musica Popular Moderna, and featuring also Luiz Henrique, Os Cariocas, Rosana Tolédo, Jorge Ben and Tamba Trio.
At the time, Copa Trio consisted of Manuel Gusmão on bass, Dom Um Romão on drums, and Dom Salvador on piano, after he replaced Toninho in 1961.
Meu Fraco é Café Forte was recorded five times, four of them by Dom Salvador. The first studio recording was made by Salvador’s famous Rio 65 Trio on their self-titled debut album, featuring Sérgio Barroso on bass and Édison Machado on drums. This version was re-recorded the next year with only slight modfication as part of the motion picture soundtrack for Crônica da Cidade Amada, a film telling eleven chronicles about Rio de Janeiro and its people.
In 1967, Sérgio Barroso on bass and Chico Batera on drums joined Dom Salavdor when he chose Meu Fraco é Café Forte for the collaboration album Folkore e Bossa Nova do Brasil, recorded and released in Germany, and featuring the likes of Rubens Bassini, J.T. Meirelles, Rosinha de Valença, Sylvia Telles and others. Finally, Meu Fraco é Café Forte, was performed in 1968 in a live recording with orchestra featuring soloist Franklin Correa aka Franklin da Flauta, issued as Musicanossa – O Som & o Tempo.
Selected recordings of Meu Fraco é Café Forte:
1. Copa Trio from the album É Tempo de Musica Popular Moderna (1964, Philips P 632.736 L)
2. Rio 65 Trio from the album Rio 65 Trio (1965, Philips P 632.749 L)
3. Rio 65 Trio from the album Crônica da Cidade Amada (1966, Philips P 632.785 L)
4. Franklin da Flauta from the album Musicanossa – O Som & o Tempo (1968, Odeon MOFB 3532)
Version of Meu Fraco é Café Forte originally not issued in Brazil:
1. Dom Salvador from the album Folkore e Bossa Nova do Brasil (1967, MPS/BASF [Germany] MPS 15102)