Song No. 131 — Por Causa de Você, Menina | Jorge Ben (1963)

Por Causa de Você, Menina was introduced in 1963 by Jorge Ben with two different recordings, issued on three different labels, first as guest vocalist of Zé Maria on his album Tudo Azul – Bossa Nova e Balanço, then as an A-side and finally as an B-side to the year’s most popular song.

In early 1963, while performing with Os Copa 5, including João Theodoro Meirelles on tenor sax, Pedro Paulo on trumpet, Toninho on piano, Manuel Gusmão on bass and Dom Um Romão on drums, at the nighclub Bottle’s, Zé Maria introduced two songs by the still unknown Jorge Ben, Mas Que Nada and Por Causa de Você, Menina. Shortly after, both songs were recorded for the first time on Zé Maria’s album Tudo Azul – Bossa Nova e Balanço with Jorge Ben as featured vocalist.

The day after that recording, the label Continental recorded the songs with Os Copa 5 as Jorge Ben’s debut single, issueing Por Causa de Você, Menina as A-side and Mas Que Nada as B-side. However, while radio stations immediately got enthusiastic about Mas Que Nada, Jorge Ben switched labels to Philips, who issued the single in reverse order. After this, Mas Que Nada became Brazil’s biggest hit of 1963.

Selected recordings of Por Causa de Você, Menina:

1. Zé Maria featuring Jorge Ben from the album Tudo Azul – Bossa Nova e Balanço (1963, Continental PPL 12079)

   

2. Jorge Ben & Os Copa 5 from the singles Por Causa de Você, Menina b/w Mas Que Nada (1963, Continental 78-273) and Mas Que Nada b/w Por Causa de Você, Menina (1963, Philips, P-61.208-H) and the album Samba Esquema Novo (1963, Philips P 632.161 L)

   
Artwork for Samba Esquema Novo by Paulo Brèves with photgraph by Mafra

3. Os Farroupilhas from the album Os Farroupilhas (1963, Farroupilha LPFR-601)

   

4. Os Intocáveis from the album Os Intocáveis (1964, Audio Fidelity AFLP 2004)

   

5. Trio Samba from the album Samba! Samba! Samba! (1964, Philips P 632.198 L)

Trio Samba — Samba! Samba! Samba! (a)    Trio Samba — Samba! Samba! Samba! (b)
Artwork for Samba! Samba! Samba! by Paulo Brèves

6. Corisco & Os Sambaloucos from the album Outro Show de Bossa (1964, Philips P 632.190 L)

   
Artwork for Outro Show de Bossa by Paulo Brèves

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

   

8. Bossa Rio from the album Bossa Rio (1969, Polydor LPG 624.019)

   

Selected medleys including Por Causa de Você, Menina:

1. Guerra Peixe aka Jean Kelson from the album Cores e Ritmos (1964, Copacabana CLP 11363)

   

2. Jorge Ben from the album 10 Anos Depois (1973, Philips 6349 082)

   

Selected recordings of Por Causa de Você, Menina originally not issued in Brazil:

1. Sebastião Tapajos, María Nazareth and Arnaldo Henriques from the album Sebastião Tapajos, María Nazareth e Arnaldo Henriques (1973, Trova [ARG] XT 80066)

   

POR CAUSA DE VOCÊ, MENINA

Por causa de você bate em meu peito • Baixinho, quase calado • Coração apaixonado por você • Menina… Menina que não sabe quem eu sou • Menina que não conhece o meu amor

Pois você passa e não me olha • Mas eu olho pra você • Você não me diz nada • Mas eu digo pra você • Você por mim não chora • Mas eu choro por você

One thought on “Song No. 131 — Por Causa de Você, Menina | Jorge Ben (1963)

  1. I would have loved to have been at the Bottles nightclub on that evening, hearing those two great songs for the first time. Jorge Ben probably did very well for himself off the royalties for Mas Que Nada alone. I really like the interpretations of Menina by Trio Samba and Os Farroupilhas. But they’re all good because the melody is so catchy:) Thanks!

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