Song No. 65 — Olhos Verdes | Vicente Paiva (1950)

Dalva de Oliveira - Os Grandes Sucessos de Dalva de Oliveira (1969) a

Olhos Verdes was introduced in May 1950 as A-side to Tudo Acabado by Vicentina de Paula Oliveira better known by her stage name Dalva de Oliveira. Both songs on that single became huge hits, ranking in the year-end charts at number eight and number one respectively. They boosted Oliveira’s solo career after she had left the acclaimed Trio de Ouro founded by composer and singer Herivelto Martins whom she divorced the year before.

Vicente PaivaDalva de Oliveira, mother of Pery Ribeiro, sister of Lila de Oliveira, and blessed with a vocal range from alto to soprano, recorded Olhos Verdes again in 1961 and 1969, first with a big orchestral setting, then with only accordion.

Maybe too closely associated with Oliveira, the blitheful samba was slowly picked up by other musicians. Apparently, the only other issue as a single was by Roberto Inglez in 1951. In 1957, Elizeth Cardoso’s superb version on her album Noturno seemed to have paved the way for other recordings as they increased during the following years with noteworthy renditions including from Lana Bittencourt, Manoel da Conceição and Mário Sousa Marques Filho aka Noite Ilustrada.

Selected recordings of Olhos Verdes:

1. Dalva de Oliveira from the single Olhos Verdes b/w Tudo Acabado (1950, Odeon 13.002-a)

2. Roberto Inglez from the single Olhos Verdes b/w A Place in the Sun (1951, Odeon 8.405)

3. Elizeth Cardoso from the album Noturno (1957, Copacabana CLP 11013)

Elizete Cardoso — Noturno (a)    Elizete Cardoso — Noturno (b)

4. Moacyr Silva from the album Dançando com Você No. 2 (1957, Copacabana CLP 11008)

Moacyr Silva - Dançando com Você No. 2 (1957) a    Moacyr Silva - Dançando com Você No. 2 (1957) b

5. Manoel da Conceição from the album Eu Toco e Você Dança (1958, Copacabana CLP 2046)

Manoel da Conceição - Eu Toco e Você Dança (1958) a    Manoel da Conceição - Eu Toco e Você Dança (1958) b

6. Orquestra Continental de Jaú from the album Convite Para o Baile (1959, Internacional CID 27011)

Orquestra Continental de Jaú - Convite Para o Baile (1959)

7. Lauro Paiva from the album Gafieira em Bossa Nova (1960, Copacabana CLP 11163)

Lauro Paiva - Gafieira em Bossa Nova (1960) a    Lauro Paiva - Gafieira em Bossa Nova (1960) b

8. Dalva de Oliveira from the album Dalva de Oliveira (1961, Odeon MOFB 3219)

Dalva de Oliveira - Dalva de Oliveira (1961)

9. Moacyr Silva from the album Ritmo… Naquela Base (1962, Copacabana CLP 11255)

Moacyr Silva - Ritmo... Naquela Base (1962) a    Moacyr Silva - Ritmo... Naquela Base (1962) b

10. Lana Bittencourt from the album Exaltação ao Samba (1962, Columbia LPCB 37212)

Lana Bittencourt - Exaltação ao Samba (1962) a    Lana Bittencourt - Exaltação ao Samba (1962) b

11. Noite Ilustrada from the album Noite Ilustrada (1969, Continental PPL 12391)

Noite Ilustrada — Noite Ilustrada (a)    Noite Ilustrada — Noite Ilustrada (b)

12. Dalva de Oliveira from the album Os Grandes Sucessos de Dalva de Oliveira (1969, Imperial/Odeon IMP 30.138)

Dalva de Oliveira - Os Grandes Sucessos de Dalva de Oliveira (1969) a    Dalva de Oliveira - Os Grandes Sucessos de Dalva de Oliveira (1969) b

Selected medley including Olhos Verdes:

1. Zito Righi from the album O sax de Ouro (1961, Musidisc XPL-15)

   Zito Righi, Pedrinho Rodrigues, Sylvio Cézar, Toni Vestane, Francineth — Sax de Ouro (b)

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OLHOS VERDES

Vem de uma remota batucada • Numa cadência bem marcada • Que uma baiana tem no andar • E nos seus requebros e maneiras • Na graça toda das palmeiras • Esguias altaneiras a balançar

São da cor do mar e da cor da mata • Os olhos verdes da mulata • Tão cismadores e fatais, fatais • E num beijo ardente e perfumado • Conserva o cravo do pecado • Dos saborosos cambucais

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