Luz Negra was introduced in 1961 by Baden Powell on his album Um Violão na Madrugada, arranged by Carlos Monteiro de Souza.
It remained little noticed, however, until Nara Leão recorded her rendition with orchestra and chorus arranged and conducted by Moacir Santos on her debut album Nara. On single, it became the most successful version, reaching number 64 of the year-end charts of 1964.
In 1965, director Leon Hirszman used Luz Negra for the opening titles of his drama “A Falecida”, arranged and conducted by Radamés Gnattali.
Nelson Cavaquinho recorded the song soon after the film when he sang the second part in Elizeth Cardoso’s version on her album Elizete Sobe o Morro. In 1970, he recorded the song as the opening track with an introduction by Elizeth Cardoso on his album Depoimento do Poeta, his first solo album.
Selected recordings of Luz Negra:
1. Baden Powell from the album Um Violão na Madrugada (1961, Philips P 630.445 L)
2. Nara Leão from the album Nara (1964, Elenco ME-10)
3. Noite Ilustrada from the album Caminhando (1965, Philips P 632.754 L)
4. Elizeth Cardoso from the album Elizete Sobe o Morro (1965, Copacabana CLP 11434)
5. Thelma Soares from the album Thelma Canta Nelson Cavaquinho (1966, CBS 37443)
6. Aldacir Louro from the album Samba Dolente, Que Mexe Com a Gente (1969, Continental PPL 12422)
7. Nelson Cavaquinho from the album Depoimento do Poeta (1970, Discos Castelinho LPNE 10.002)
Selected medleys including Luz Negra:
1. Maria Creuza from the album Sessão Nostalgia (1974, RCA Victor 103.0114)
2. MPB-4 from the album Antologia do Samba (1974, Philips 6349 092)
Opening titles from “A Falecida” starring Fernanda Montenegro, featuring Luz Negra by Radamés Gnattali (1965)
Sempre só • Eu vivo procurando alguém • Que sofre como eu também • E não consigo achar ninguém
Sempre só • E a vida vai seguindo assim • Não tenho quem tem dó de mim • Estou chegando ao fim
A luz negra de um destino cruel • Ilumina um teatro sem cor • Onde estou desempenhando o papel • De palhaço do amor