Coisa Nº 1 was introduced in 1963 by Baden Powell and Jimmy Pratt on their colaboration album Baden Powell Swings with Jimmy Pratt. The song was one of various untitled songs Santos had composed until then without being recorded. During the recording session sound engineer Norman Sternberg asked Santos the name of the song they were about to record and he answered, “’That is one thing’ … That is how I got the idea of numbering them”.
In 1965, Santos recorded ten Coisas on his debut album aptly titled Coisas with two line-ups, on Coisa Nº 1 with Júlio Barbosa on piston, Dulcilando Pereira on alto sax, Luiz Bezerra on tenor sax, Geraldo Medeiros baritone sax, Edmundo Maciel on trombone, Armando Pallas on bass trombone, João Gerônimo Menezes on horn, Nicolino Cópia on flute, Chaim Lewak on piano, Claudio das Neves on vibraphone, Geraldo Vespar on guitar, Gabriel Bezerra on bass, Wilson das Neves on drums and Elias Ferreira on percussion.
Apparently, the only vocal version was recorded by Carlos José in 1965, arranged and conducted by Moacir Santos himself with Luiz Carlos Vinhas on piano and Édison Machado on drums. Unfortunately, the lyrics seem nowhere available.
Selected recordings of Coisa Nº 1:
1. Baden Powell and Jimmy Pratt from the album Baden Powell Swings with Jimmy Pratt (1963, Elenco ME-4)
2. Eumir Deodato & Neco from the album Samba Nova Concepção (1963, Equipe EQ 803)
3. Édison Machado from the album Edison Machado e Samba Novo (1964, CBS 37337)
4. Formiga from the album Formiga in Love (1964, Polydor LPNG 4092)
5. Moacir Santos from the album Coisas (1965, Forma FM-8)
6. Carlos José from the album Carlos José (1965, CBS 37373)
7. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass from the album Coney Island (1975, A&M Records A&M 2135)
Selected recordings of Coisa Nº 1 originally not issued in Brazil:
1. Baden Powell from the album Baden Powell Quartet Vol. 3 (1971, Barclay [FRA] 80.430 U)