Para Não Sofrer was introduced in May 1962 by Nelly Martins on her single Insensatez b/w Para Não Sofrer. Presumably, this was the last of about 17 singles by the singer and actress released between 1956 and 1962.
The wistful song is one of the lesser known compositions by Antônio Carlos Jobim since it undeservedly went into oblivion for about forty years almost right after its debut until it was rediscovered in 2005 for a collaboration album by various members of the Caymmi and Jobim families, titled Falando de Amor.
Para Não Sofrer was recorded four times in 1962 and 1963. Possibly, Orlando Silveira’s Velho Riacho, issued on his album Programa Dançante, could be the fifth recording of Para Não Sofrer as it is occasionally subtitled Velho Riacho.
Interestingly, the original arrangement for Nelly Martins was reutilized the following year by Jorge Ferreira da Silva aka Jorginho da Flauta on his collaboration album with saxophonist Aurino Ferreira de Oliveira, titled Na Cadência do Samba.
Selected recordings of Para Não Sofrer:
1. Nelly Martins from the single Insensatez b/w Para Não Sofrer (1962, RCA Victor 80-2465-a)
2. Célia Reis from the album O Samba é Célia Reis (1962, Philips P 632.112 L)
3. Jorginho da Flauta from the album Na Cadência do Samba (1963, RCA Victor BBL 1235)
4. Jane Simone from the album Em Cada Novo Amor (1963, Continental PPL 12076)
PARA NÃO SOFRER
Eu não quero mais amar • Para não sofrer • Para não chorar • Vida perdida • Estrada tão complicada • Melhor nem dizer,ai • Melhor nem pensar • Para não sofrer • Para não chorar
Velho riacho • Que vem lá da serra • Cantigas tão antigas me contou • Velho riacho • Então me conte agora • Como eu vou viver,aí • Sem o meu amor • Se eu vou viver • Sem o meu amor