Song No. 36 — Recado | Djalma Ferreira & Luiz Antônio (1959)

Maysa — Maysa é Maysa... é Maysa. É Maysa (a)

Recado was introduced in 1959 in quick succession on ten single releases including five a-sides by Sônia Dutra, Abel Ferreira, Miltinho, Vera Lúcia and Maysa. The debut version is unidentified but evidence suggests that it might be the one by Miltinho which, unfortunately, seems not available anymore. However, it’s clear that Carmélia Alves recorded the song in May, Carlos José and Luiz Bandeira recorded and issued it in June, and Sônia Dutra recorded it in April and issued it in July. In addition, Recado appeared on at least twenty albums that year alone. However, it was Maysa’s version, issued in June, that became one of the biggest hit singles of 1959.

Luiz AntônioMaybe due to the extent of its instant popularity, the song was rather short-lived, as recordings decreased considerably after about two years. Then again, Recado became internationally successful, often entitled Recado Bossa Nova when recorded as an instrumental or The Gift when sung with the English lyrics written by Paul Francis Webster.

Over time, quite a few jazz musicians included Recado in their repertoire, like tenor saxophonists Zoot Sims and Hank Mobley, trumpeter Roy Eldridge and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton.

Caterina Valente’s version, sung with its original lyrics by Luiz Antônio, helped popularize Recado in Europe. As it was frequent practice in those days for songs which became successful cross-border, Recado was recorded in various languages, for example in Finnish as Yön Äänet by Laila Kinnunen, in French as Loin de Toi by Sacha Distel, and in Serbian as Poruka by Nada Knežević.

Selected recordings of Recado:

1. Maysa from the album Maysa é Maysa… é Maysa, é Maysa (1959, RGE XRLP 5068)

Maysa — Maysa é Maysa... é Maysa. É Maysa (a)    Maysa — Maysa é Maysa... é Maysa. É Maysa (b)

2. Djalma Ferreira from the album Drink no Rio de Janeiro (1959, Discos Drink DF-LPA-13.005)

Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink no Rio de Janeiro (a)    Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink no Rio de Janeiro

Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink no Rio de Janeiro (Inside)

Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink no Rio de Janeiro (b)

3. Luiz Cláudio from the single Venus b/w Recado (1959, Columbia CB-11.131-a) and the motion picture soundtrack to Matemática, Zero… Amor, Dez (1959, Columbia LPCB 37089)

Various - Matemática, Zero… Amor, Dez (1959) a    Various - Matemática, Zero… Amor, Dez (1959) b

4. Maurílio Santos from the album Convite Para Dançar Vol. 2 (1959, RCA Victor BBL 1043)

Maurílio Santos - Convite Para Dançar Vol. 2 (1959) a    Maurílio Santos - Convite Para Dançar Vol. 2 (1959) b

5. Quinteto OK & José Menezes from the album 100% Dançante (1959, Sinter SLP 1777)

Quinteto OK & José Menezes - 100% Dançante (1959)

6. Abel Ferreira from the album Jantar Dançante No. 2 (1959, Copacabana CLP 11109)

Abel Ferreira - Jantar Dançante No. 2 (1959)

7. Dalton Vogeler from the album O Melhor da Festa (1959, Internacional CID 27016)

Dalton Vogeler - O Melhor da Festa (1959)

8. Turma da Bossa from the album Sambas de Bossa Nova (1959, Musidisc Hi-Fi 2023)

Turma da Bossa - Sambas de Bossa Nova (1959) a    Turma da Bossa - Sambas de Bossa Nova (1959) b

9. Renato de Oliveira aka Cid Gray from the albums Soirée Dançante Vol. 2 (1959, RGE XRLP 5056) and Samba Samba Samba (1959, SBA 001)

Cid Gray - Soirée Dançante Vol. 2 (1959)    Cid Gray - Samba Samba Samba (1959)

10. Os Saxsambistas Brasileiros from the album Bossa Nova Espetacalar (1962, Plaza PZ 7013)

Os Saxsambistas Brasileiros - Bossa Nova Espetacular (1962) a    Os Saxsambistas Brasileiros - Bossa Nova Espetacular (1962) b

11. Djalma Ferreira from the album Baile de Formatura (1962, Discos Drink DF-LP-13.009)

Djalma Ferreira - Baile de Formatura (1962) a    Djalma Ferreira - Baile de Formatura (1962) b

12. Sivuca from the album Rendez-vous a Rio (1965, EBRAU EBLP 920105)

Sivuca - Rendez-vous a Rio (1965)

Selected medleys including Recado:

1. Octeto Columbia & João Leal Brito ‘Britinho’ from the album Sambas e Boleros (1959, Columbia LPCB 37079)

Octeto Columbia & João Leal Brito 'Britinho' - Sambas e Boleros (1959) a    Octeto Columbia & João Leal Brito 'Britinho' - Sambas e Boleros (1959) b

2. Moacyr Silva from the album Dançando com Você No. 4 (1959, Copacabana CLP 11117)

Moacyr Silva - Dançando com Você No. 4 (1959) a    Moacyr Silva - Dançando com Você No. 4 (1959) b

3. Sylvio Mazzucca from the album Baile de Sucessos (1959, Columbia LPCB 37050)

Sylvio Mazzucca - Baile de Sucessos (1959) a    Sylvio Mazzucca - Baile de Sucessos (1959) b

4. Miltinho from the album Os Grandes Successos de Miltinho (1962, RGE XRLP 5135)

Miltinho - Os Grandes Successos de Miltinho (1962) a    Miltinho - Os Grandes Successos de Miltinho (1962) b

5. Miltinho from the album Miltinho ao Vivo (1965, RGE XRLP 5281)

Miltinho — Miltinho ao Vivo (a)    Miltinho — Miltinho ao Vivo (b)

Selected recordings of Recado originally not issued in Brazil:

1. Caterina Valente & Edmundo Ros from the album Valente & Ros – Fire & Frenzy (1960, London Records [USA] SW 99019)

Caterina Valente & Edmundo Ros - Valente & Ros – Fire & Frenzy (1960) a    Caterina Valente & Edmundo Ros - Valente & Ros – Fire & Frenzy (1960) b

2. Elek Bacsik from the EP Bossa Nova (1960, Fontana [FRA] 460112 TE)

Elek Bacsik - Bossa Nova (1960) a    Elek Bacsik - Bossa Nova (1960) b

3. L’Orchestre Brésilien ‘Ritmo da Bossa’ from the album Bossa Nova (c. 1961, Barclay [France] CDF 532)

L'Orchestre Brésilien - Bossa Nova (c1960)

4. Laila Kinnunen from the single Epävireiset Sydämet b/w Yön Äänet (1962, Scandia [FIN] 45-KS 458)

5. Zoot Sims from the album New Beat Bossa Nova Means the Samba Swings (1962, Colpix Records ‎[USA] CP 435)

Zoot Sims - New Beat Bossa Nova Means The Samba Swings (1962) a    Zoot Sims - New Beat Bossa Nova Means The Samba Swings (1962) b

6. Vi Velasco & Zoot Sims from the album Cantando Bossa Nova Means Singing The Bossa Nova (1962, Colpix Records ‎[USA] CP 438)

Vi Velasco & Zoot Sims - Cantando Bossa Nova Means Singing The Bossa Nova (1962) a    Vi Velasco & Zoot Sims - Cantando Bossa Nova Means Singing The Bossa Nova (1962) b

7. Sacha Distel from the EP Sacha Bossa Nova (1962, RCA Victor [FRA] 86.004M)

Sacha Distel - Sacha Bossa Nova (1962) a    Sacha Distel - Sacha Bossa Nova (1962) b

8. Pat Thomas from the album Desafinado (1962, MGM Records ‎[USA] SE 4103)

Pat Thomas - Desafinado (1962) a    Pat Thomas - Desafinado (1962) b

9. Les Elgart from the single Recado Bossa Nova b/w All Alone Am I (1962, Columbia [USA] 4-42622)

10. Eydie Gormé from the album Blame it on the Bossa Nova (1963, Columbia [USA] CS 8812)

Eydie Gormé - Blame it on the Bossa Nova (1963) a    Eydie Gormé - Blame it on the Bossa Nova (1963) b

11. Lionel Hampton from the album Bossa Nova Jazz (1963, Glad-Hamp Records [USA] 1004)

Lionel Hampton - Bossa Nova Jazz (1963) a    Lionel Hampton - Bossa Nova Jazz (1963) b

12. Nada Knežević from the EP N. Knežević (1964, PGP RTB [YUG] EP 50212)

Nada Kneževic - N. Kneževic (1964)

13. Hank Mobley from the album Dippin’ (1965, Blue Note [USA] BLP 4209)

Hank Mobley - Dippin' (1965) a    Hank Mobley - Dippin' (1965) b

14. Enoch Light & The Light Brigade from the album Future Sound Shock (1973, Project 3 Total Sound ‎[USA] PR 5077 SD)

Enoch Light & The Light Brigade - Future Sound Shock (1973)

15. Manuel and the Music from the Mountains from the album El Bimbo (1975, Studio 2 Stereo [UK] TWOX 1042)

Manuel and the Music from the Mountains - El Bimbo (1975) a    Manuel and the Music from the Mountains - El Bimbo (1975) b

16. Roy Eldridge from the album What It’s All About (1976, Pablo Records ‎2310-766)

Roy Eldridge - What it's All About (197

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RECADO

Você, errou quando olhou, pra mim • Uma esperança, fez nascer, em mim • Depois levou, pra tão longe de nós • Seu olhar no meu, a sua voz

Você deixou, sem querer deixar • Uma saudade, enorme em seu lugar • Depois nós dois, cada qual a mercê do seu destino • Você sem mim, eu sem você

Saudade, meu moleque de recado • Não diga que eu me encontro nesse estado

Você deixou, sem querer deixar • Uma saudade, enorme em seu lugar • Depois nós dois, cada qual a mercê do seu destino • Você sem mim, eu sem você

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4 thoughts on “Song No. 36 — Recado | Djalma Ferreira & Luiz Antônio (1959)

  1. Congratulations for such a post… I’ve always loved Luiz Antonio’s ‘Recado’… Caterina Valente’s rendition is the best… even though she had minor pronunciation mistakes that could have been corrected by a good coach… even so it is marvelous…

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