Insônia was introduced in December 1957 by Elza Laranjeira as B-side to Dois Olhos Azuis, arranged and conducted by Henrique Simonetti. The song was only a minor success, maybe due to its rather unique character. Nevertheless, it is one of the best known compositions by Mário Albanese who eight years later invented the Jequibau with Cyro Pereira.
Insônia was recorded about nine times until 1962. Apart from Laranjeira’s original bolero, Cauby Peixoto’s version with Lúcio Milena’s orchestra and chorus is notable for its impassioned musical shaping.
Selected recordings of Insônia:
1. Elza Laranjeira from the single Dois Olhos Azuis b/w Insônia (1957, RGE RGE 10.072-a)
2. Roberto Inglez from the album Dançando Sentimentalmente (1958, Odeon MOFB 3021)
3. Cauby Peixoto from the album Nosso Amigo Cauby (1958, Columbia LPCB 37008)
4. Isaura Garcia from the album Foi a Noite (1958, Odeon MOCB 3031)
5. Mário Albanese from the album Insônia (1959, Odeon MOFB 3111)
6. Luis Arruda Paes from the album Brasil em Tempo de Dança (1959, Odeon MOFB 3121)
7. Mário Albanese from the album Coisas de Amor (1962, Chantecler CMG 2187)