Song No. 59 — Chove Chuva | Jorge Ben (1963)

Jorge Ben - Samba Esquema Novo (1963) a

Chove Chuva was introduced in 1963 by Jorge Duílio Ben Zabella Lima de Menezes aka Jorge Ben aka Jorge Ben Jor as the second single from his debut album Samba Esquema Novo. Following Ben’s debut single Mas Que Nada, recorded with João Theodoro Meirelles & Os Copa 5, which became by far Brazil’s most successful song of 1963, Chova Chuva, this time featuring Bossa Três with Luis Carlos Vinhas on piano, Sebastião Neto on bass and Édison Machado on drums, became a worthy successor ranking in the year-end charts at number five.

Lenita Bruno’s version was the first that featured the English lyrics provided by Norman Gimbel, titled Constant is the Rain.

Like Mas Que Nada, also Chove Chuva gained international success mostly due to Sergio Mendes‘ version recorded in 1967 with his Brasil ’66. Unlike Mas Que Nada, Chuva Chuva was not as heavily covered neither internationally or in Brazil. However, it is one of Ben’s most iconic songs and still enjoys uninterrupted popularity.

Selected recordings of Chove Chuva:

1. Jorge Ben from the album Samba Esquema Novo (1963, Philips P 632.161 L)

Jorge Ben - Samba Esquema Novo (1963) a    Jorge Ben - Samba Esquema Novo (1963) b
Art work for Samba Esquema Novo by Paulo Brèves with photograph by Mafra

2. Nininha from the album Coquetel de Sambas (1964, Chantecler CMG 2287)

Various - Coquetel de Sambas (1964) a    Various - Coquetel de Sambas (1964) b

3. Walter Wanderley from the album Entre Nós (1964, Philips P 632.197 L)

Walter Wanderley - Entre Nós (1966) a    Walter Wanderley - Entre Nós (1966) b

4. Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66 from the album Equinox (1967, A&M Records/Odeon A&M 2002)

Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Equinox (1967) a    Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Equinox (1967) b
Art work for Equinox by Peter Whorf Graphics

5. Luiz Loy from the album Balanço Pra Frente (1968, London/Odeon LLB 1042)

Luiz Loy — Balanço Pra’ Frente

6. Elza Soares from the album Tesouro Musical (1968, Odeon MOAB 6002/3)

Various - Tesouro Musical (1968) a    Various - Tesouro Musical (1968) b

7. Nelsinho from the album Brazilian Beat Vol. 3 (1969, London/Odeon LLB 1046)

Nelsinho - Brazilian Beat Vol. 3 (1969) a    Nelsinho - Brazilian Beat Vol. 3 (1969) b

8. Geraldo Vespar from the album Brasil Romântico (1974, Odeon SMOFB 3860)

Geraldo Vespar - Brasil Romântico (1974) a    Geraldo Vespar - Brasil Romântico (1974) b
Art work for Brasil Romântico by Joselito with photographs by Mafra

Selected medleys including Chove Chuva:

1. Zimbo Trio from the album F.M. Stéreo (1974, Philips 6349 109)

Zimbo Trio - FM Stéreo (1974)

2. Rosana Tolédo & Pery Ribeiro from the album 100 Anos de Música Popular Brasileira – 6 Projeto Minerva (1975, MEC/Tapecar MPB-1006)

Various - 100 Anos de Música Popular Brasileira – 6 Projeto Minerva (1975) a    Various - 100 Anos de Música Popular Brasileira – 6 Projeto Minerva (1975) b

Selected recordings of Chove Chuva originally not issued in Brazil:

1. Lenita Bruno from the album Work of Love (1964, Nucleus Records [USA] BMS121)

Lenita Bruno - Work of Love (1964)

2. Miriam Makeba from the album Makeba Sings! (1965, RCA Victor ‎[USA] LSP-3321)

Miriam Makeba - Makeba Sings (1965)

3. Warren Kime and his Brass Impact Orchestra from the album Explosive Brass Impact Vol. 2 (1967, Command [USA] RS 919 SD)

Warren Kime and his Brass Impact Orchestra - Explosive Brass Impact Vol. 2 (1967) a    Warren Kime and his Brass Impact Orchestra - Explosive Brass Impact Vol. 2 (1967) b

4. Tadayuki Harada from the album Playboy’s Theme (1968, Takt [Japan] 10004)

Tadayuki Harada - Playboy’s Theme (1968) a    Tadayuki Harada - Playboy’s Theme (1968) b

5. The Gimmicks from the album Brazilian Samba (1969, Decca Eclipse ‎[UK] ECS-R 2054)

The Gimmicks - Brazilian Samba (1969) a    The Gimmicks - Brazilian Samba (1969) b

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CHOVE CHUVA

Chove Chuva • Chove sem parar • Chove Chuva • Chove sem parar

Pois eu vou fazer uma prece • Prá Deus, nosso Senhor • Prá chuva parar • De molhar o meu divino amor • Que é muito lindo • É mais que o infinito • É puro e belo • Inocente como a flôr • Por favor, chuva ruim • Não molhe mais • O meu amor assim

Chove Chuva • Chove sem parar • Chove Chuva • Chove sem parar

Pois eu vou fazer uma prece • Prá Deus, nosso Senhor • Prá chuva parar • De molhar o meu divino amor • Que é muito lindo • É mais que o infinito • É puro e belo • Inocente como a flôr • Por favor, chuva ruim • Não molhe mais • O meu amor assim

Chove Chuva • Chove sem parar • Chove Chuva • Chove sem parar

Sacundim, sacundém • Imboró, congá • Dombim, dombém • Agouê, obá
Sacundim, sacundém • Imboró, congá • Dombim, dombém • Agouê, obá

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CONSTANT IS THE RAIN

Chove, chuva • Constant is the rain • Chove, chuva • Endless is the pain • Chove, chove, chove, chuva • Endless is the pain

As I stand here and remember • When once our hearts were one • And everyday was spring to me • To be loved and to go on the sun

Now the days are lonely • The song of love is still • They say that I will forget you • But I say I never will

And it hurts with such a pain • To be alone and lonely in the rain • And it hurts with such a pain to be • Alone and lonely in the rain

Chove, chuva • Constant is the rain • Chove, chuva • Endless is the pain • Chove, chove, chove, chuva • Endless is the pain

[English Lyrics by Norman Gimbel]

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