Song No. 125 — Só Danço Samba | Antônio Carlos Jobim & Vinícius de Moraes (1962)

Só Danço Samba was introduced as part of the historical concert series staged by Aloysio de Oliveira during August and September of 1962 in one of Copacabana’s hippest night clubs at that time, the ‘Bon Gourmet’—although not officially issued on vinyl, recordings were bootlegged decades later as O Encontro au ‘Bon Gourmet’, documenting also Vinícius de Moraes’ first public performance as a singer.

Só Danço Samba was performed shortened as the opening number with vocals by Os Cariocas alone and in full as the penultimate number with João Gilberto joining Os Cariocas on vocals as well as part of the closing medley. The musicians were João Gilberto on the guitar, Antônio Carlos Jobim on piano, Otávio Bailly on bass and Milton Banana on drums.

On record, Só Danço Samba was introduced in October 1962 by Elza Laranjeira as A-side to Samba do Avião. The release preceded her forthcoming and final album A Música de Jobim e Vinícius. An accompaying EP featured all four sambas included on that album. The effective musical arrangement of Laranjeira’s recording by Erlon Chaves was reutilised by Héctor Costita the following year for his version on the second album under his alias Don Júnior.

In November 1962, Só Danço Samba was also featured in the release of the movie Copacabana Palace, an Italian-French-Brazilian co-production presenting Só Danço Samba as the background of a party scene performed by João Gilberto and Os Cariocas.

Só Danço Samba became in instant classic with about 30 recordings in 1963 alone, followed by hundreds over the decades. Commercially, Elza Soares enjoyed the most successful version reaching number 88 of 1963.

With English lyrics provided by Norman Gimbel the song also gained immediate international popularity titled Jazz Samba, Jazz ‘n’ Samba or occasionally I Only Dance Samba.

Selected recordings of Só Danço Samba:

1. João Gilberto & Os Cariocas at Bon Gourmet (1962)

2. Elza Laranjeira from the single Só Danço Samba b/w Samba do Avião (1962, RGE RGE 10.469-a) and the album A Música de Jobim e Vinícius (1963, RGE XRLP 5188)

   

3. Juarez Araújo from the album Bossa Nova nos ‘States’ (1962, Masterplay MDL 13020)

  

4. Célia Reis with MPB4 from the album O Samba é Célia Reis (1962, Philips P 632.112 L)

  
Art work for O Samba é Célia Reis by Paulo Brèves with photograph by Mafra

5. Conjunto Masterplay from the album O Balanço e a Bossa (1962, Masterplay MDL 13021) aka Os Infernais da Bossa from the album É Balanço (c.1963, Exitos GEE LP.13004)

   

6. Zé Maria from the album Tudo Azul (1963, Continental PPL 12079)

  

7. Héctor Costita aka Don Júnior from the album Sambas No. 2 – Don Júnior e Seu Sax Maravilhoso (1963, RGE XRLP 5208)

  

8. Elza Soares from the album Sambossa (1963, Odeon MOFB 3296)

9. Astor Silva from the album Samba… Só Samba! (1963, CBS 37310)

   

10. Ed Lincoln from the album Seu Piano e Seu Órgão Espetacular (1963, Musidisc XPL-27)

   
Art work for Seu Piano e Seu Órgão Espetacular by Joselito

11. Carlos Monteiro de Souza from the album Metais em Brasa na Bossa Nova (1963, Philips P 632.134 L)

   
Art work for Metais em Brasa na Bossa Nova by Paulo Brèves with photograph by Mafra

12. Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfá from the album Jazz Samba Encore! (1963, Verve Records [USA] V6-8523 and Odeon [BRA] MOFB 261)


Art work for Jazz Samba Encore! with painting by Olga Albizú

13. Os Cariocas from the album A Bossa dos Cariocas (1963, Philips P 632.152 L)

14. Orquestra Os Bossambistas from the album Só Danço Samba (1963, DIMP D-1014) aka Bossa Brass from the album Bossa Brass Apresenta a Música Maravilhosa de Antônio Carlos Jobim (1966, Plaza Hi-Fi 13002)

   

15. Celso Murilo from the album Órgão e Ritmo (1963, Pawal P-20.033) aka Convida a Dançar (1963, Masterplay Hi-Fi MDL-13.029)

  

   
Art work for Convida a Dançar with photograph by Mafra

16. Hélio Mendes from the album Weekend em Guarapari (1963, Musiplay LPM 1109)

  

17. Sylvio Vianna from the album Rio a Noite (1963, RCA Victor BBL 1228)

   

18. Conjunto Sambossa from the album Isto é Bossa Nova Mesmo (1963, Pawal P-20.026)

   

19. Trio Irakitan from the albumTrio Irakitan (1963, Odeon MOFB 3368)

  

20. Walter Wanderley from the album Samba no Esquema de Walter Wanderley (1963, Odeon MOFB 3358)

21. Ritmistas da Bossa Nova from the album Balanço & Bossa Nova (1963, Musiplay LPM 1105)

  

22. Tamba Trio from the album Avanço (1963, Philips P 632.154 L)

  
Art work for Avanço by Paulo Brèves with photograph by Francisco Perreira

23. Irmãos do Ritmo from the album Baile de Bossa (c.1963, Everest 93.001)

  
Art work for Baile de Bossa by Edison Saes

24. Exposito from the album Bossa With a Beat (1963, RCA Victor ‎BSP-14)

  

25. Nelsinho from the album Nelsinho e Seus Trombones (1963, Magisom GMLP 1.011)

  
Art work for Nelsinho e Seus Trombones with photograph by Mafra

26. Manoel da Conceição from the album Seu Violao e Muito Samba (1963, Polydor LPNG 4072)

  

27. Stan Getz & João Gilberto from the album Getz/Gilberto (1964, Verve Records [USA] V6-8545 and Verve/Odeon [BRA] MOFB 291)

   
Art work for Getz/Gilberto with painting by Olga Albizú

28. Orquestra Os Modernistas from the album Baile Moderno (1964, Chantecler CMG 2271)

   

29. Conjunto Jovem Brasa from the album Apresenta Samba Jovem (1966, RCA Victor BBL 1365)

30. Antônio Carlos Jobim & Sérgio Mendes from the album Antônio Carlos Jobim & Sérgio Mendes (1967, Elenco MEV-12)

   
Art work for Antônio Carlos Jobim & Sérgio Mendes by César G. Villela

Selected medleys including Só Danço Samba:

1. Lennie Dale & Bossa Três from the album Um Show de Bossa (1963, Elenco ME-12)

  
Art work for Um Show de Bossa by César G. Villela with photographs by Francisco Perreira

2. Fred & Richard from the album Grande Baile – Vol. 3 (1966, GED1.011)

  

Selected recordings of Só Danço Samba originally not issued in Brazil:

1. João Gilberto & Os Cariocas from the EP Copacabana Palace (1962, Festival [FRA] FY 45 2320 S)

  

2. J.T. Meirelles aka João & His Bossa Kings from the album Cool Samba (1962, Battle [USA] BM 6123)

  

3. Sérgio Mendes from the album Quiet Nights (recorded 1963, released 1966, Philips [USA] PHS 600.263)

  
Art work for Quiet Nights with photograph by Robt. Prokop

4. Wanda de Sah from the album Softly (1965, Capitol Records [USA] T-2325)

5. Charlie Byrd from the album Brazilian Byrd (1966, Columbia [USA] CS 9137)

   

6. Leny Andrade & Breno Sauer Quarteto from the album Leny Andrade (1966, Discos RVV [MEX] RVV-116)

7. Ella Fitzgerald & Jimmy Jones Trio from the album Ella & Duke at the Côte D’Azur (1966, Verve [USA] V6-4072-2)


Art work for Ella & Duke at the Côte D’Azur by Jeanne-Pierre Leloir

Só Danço Samba performed by Os Cariocas & João Gilberto in the film Copacabana Palace (1962)

SÓ DANÇO SAMBA

Só danço samba – Só danço samba • Vai, vai, vai, vai, vai

Só danço samba – Só danço samba • Vai

Só danço samba – Só danço samba • Vai, vai, vai, vai, vai

Só danço samba – Só danço samba • Vai

Já dancei o twist até demais • Mas não sei, me cansei • Do calipso, ao chá chá chá

Só danço samba – Só danço samba • Vai, vai, vai, vai, vai

Só danço samba – Só danço samba • Vai

Só danço samba – Só danço samba • Vai, vai, vai, vai, vai

Só danço samba – Só danço samba • Vai

JAZZ SAMBA

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi vi vi vi vi

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi vi vi vi vi

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi

Yo do si yo twista que je mais • My no say me con se do calypso cha cha cha

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi vi vi vi vi

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi

The jazz samba the jazz samba • How it gets to you

The jazz samba the jazz samba • The jazz samba the jazz samba • Thrills you through and through • You get that feelin’ you start a’reelin’

That crazy beat, the way they play their tunes • The brazilian beat can’t be beat • You’ll be hummin’ too

The jazz samba the jazz samba • How it gets to you • Come on get with ’em and start that rhythm

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi vi vi vi vi

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi vi vi vi vi

So danço samba so danço samba • Vi

Yo do si yo twista que je mais • My no say me con se do calypso cha cha cha

So danço samba so danço samba • So danço samba so danço samba • Vi

Here she comes here she comes • I can’t move tonight so I’ll have to stay right • Here she comes here, here she comes here she comes

[English lyrics by Norman Gimbel]

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