Saturday, August 19, 2006

Answers To Discographical Info Request

The previous posting at this blog dealt with some discographical questions concerning two recordings by the Orchestra Columbia of Brazil from 1930. I was anxious to know, if the Hawaiian guitar on both titles possibly was played by Gastão Bueno Lobo, as the music resembles his compositions from this period. However, I had my doubts in advance regarding Lobo's participation, as he ought to be in Europe at the time of the recordings according to other sources on Lobo's career.
More about Lobo in my published article at
The two titles by the Orquestra Columbia in question are:
Angela mia (Columbia, 5.257,A)
Felicitaciones (Columbia, 5.257,B)
Click on titles to listen to the audio, downloaded from the IMS online search facility
Thanks to the help of Daniella Thompson the following details can be added. Daniella wrote:
"The composers of "Angela Mia" are Erno Rapée and Lew Pollack."Angela Mia (My Angel)" was a 1928 American pop hit. The recording with Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra was #1 on the pop charts that year, and that of Vincent Lopez and his Orchestra was #2. Francisco Alves recorded "Angela Mia" with Simão Nacional Orquestra (really Simon Bountman and Orchestra Odeon) probably late that year, since his recording was released in January 1929."

According to Daniella it can be confirmed that the recording was made in Brazil 1930 near the middle of that year judging from the catalog number. - Regarding the question about Bueno Lobo's supposed participation in the two recording Daniella has the following answer:

"I have every reason to believe that the Hawaiian guitar on those Columbia cuts was played by Zezinho (José Patrocínio de Oliveira), now better known as Zé Carioca. Between 1929 and 1931, Zezinho participated in approximately 120 recordings at Columbia. He was João Pernambuco's second guitar on the composer's legendary recordings. Zezinho was a highly respected multi-instrumentalist, being a master of the banjo, cavaquinho, bandolim, guitar, tenor guitar, and Hawaiian guitar. - In 1939, Zezinho was playing in Romeu SIlva's orchestra at the Brazilian pavilion of the New York World's Fair. There he met his old friend Garoto, who was working for Carmen Miranda as a member of Bando da Lua. The following year Zezinho joined Bando da Lua, settled in LA, and provided Disney with the inspiration for Zé Carioca. He was the parrot's voiceover in Disney's south-of-the border films and appeared in person in the "Os Quindins de Iaiá" segment in the film 'The Three Caballeros,' dancing with Aurora Miranda. He also recorded several albums in the US under the artistic name Zé Carioca. But Zé wasn't a carioca at all. In the Disney films you can clearly hear his paulistano accent. "

Daniella Thompson has an extensive article on Zé Carioca on her web .

You may enjoy the Disney cartoon featuring the parrot Zé Carioca, "Blame It On The Samba", by clicking here



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jo for the great Disney short : Blame It To The Samba . It was part of the 1948 Disney Production Melody Time. It was one of the last Disney musical fantasies with Ethel Smith of course and Donald Duck and Jose Carioca. I'd love to see the complete production ( 75 min) as it has more interesting music as the Andrew Sisters and Frd Waring and his Pennsylvanians.


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