Sofro was introduced in 1959 by Breno Sauer on his album Viva o Samba, featuring himself on accordion, Altivo Penteado ‘Garoto’ on vibrafone, Olmir Stocker ‘Alemão’ on guitar, Gabriel Jorge Bahlis ‘Turco’ and Afonso Cid ‘Pirata’ on drums. Despite being compiled in the following year on the Columbia release Seleção de Sucessos, the song was only a minor hit.
Sofro was recorded only in 1959, first by Dorinha Freitas who released the catchy samba as A-side to A Noite e a Prece, later also included on her debut album A Voz de Dorinha Freitas.
Finally, this perfect canvas for Freitas’s powerful voice was released by Renato de Oliveira on one of his numerous albums under his alias Cid Gray. Considering that his arrangement is almost identical to the one on Freitas’ recording, it seems reasonable to conclude that Renato de Oliveira was either the uncredited arranger or reutilised the arrangement, which was in fact not quite unsual at the time.
Recordings of Sofro:
1. Breno Sauer Quinteto from the album Viva o Samba (1963, Columbia LPCB 37063)
2. Dorinha Freitas from the single A Noite e a Prece b/w Sofro (1959, RGE RGE 10.177-a) and the album A Voz de Dorinha Freitas (1961, RGE XRLP 5098)
3. Renato de Oliveira aka Cid Gray from the album Soirée Dançante No. 3 (1959, RGE XRLP 5069)