Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Claudete's scrap book 1964

Claudete Deleva was a friend of mine whom I met through São Paulo's Rita Pavone Fan Club in 1966. The first time I went to visit her in Agua Raza, in the Eastern part of town she showed myself and Silvia Jentsch her scrap book she had started in late 1963 through 1964 and early 1965. Here are some of the photos of that scrap-book. 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Fan's scrap book

This song-book cum scrap-book belonged to Silvia Paula Jentsch, an eager music fan who fell in love with Rita Pavone in 1964, as most Brazilians did in that period. Silvia was also an avid buyer of weekly and monthly show-business magazines like 'Revista do Rádio', 'Vamos cantar' (published only lyrics), 'Modinhas populares' (only lyrics), 'Melodias' (lyrics plus articles and photos), 'Revista do Rock' (lyrics and articles), 'Intervalo' (TV guide), '7 dias na TV' (TV guide), 'Manchete', 'O Cruzeiro' etc. 

Silvia filled out at least 5 thick note-books with lyrics clippings she cut out from such magazines plus a few photos small enough to fit the format. Seen it as a whole those books look like an art form in itself besides being very informative. She worked mostly from 1961 through 1965

Going through the pages of Silvia's scrap-book is like taking a kaleidoscopic travel through the first half of the 1960s constellation of stars like The Beatles, The Clevers, Trini Lopez, The Animals, Rolling Stones, The Trashmen, Hullabaloos, Bobby Solo, Roberto Carlos, Catherine Spaak, Emilio Pericoli, Prini Lorez, Peggy March, Manuela, Gigliola Cinquetti, Rosemary, Petula Clark, Adriano Celentano, Giancarlo Guardabassi, Wanderlea, Michele, Sergio Endrigo, Astrud Gilberto but mainly Rita Pavone. 

Silvia Paula Jentsch is the one wearing glasses on the top left;  then clockwise Totó Faria is next to her, next comes Irene and finally Malú Pelaes, all celebrating Xmas 1973 - almost 10 years after.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

1970 Peru & Brazil

Rita Pavone had a 3rd Brazilian tour in 1970, after she had had a baby in 1969. This was a completely different cup of tea. By the late 1960s Italian music had take a deep dive in Brazil having been superceded by the Anglo-American juggernaut. 

After 6 years living under a harsh military dictatorship things were completely different now. On top of that, Rita's manager-cum-husband Teddy Reno wasn't very smart this time and bungled the whole thing. Mr. Reno wasn't aware that things had changed dramatically in South America since his early visits here in the 1950s and 1960s. Argentine impresario Marcos Lazaro had a monopoly of the greatest Brazilian talents like Roberto Carlos and Elis Regina, but he neglected Rita Pavone's tour and when the couple arrived in São Paulo, they realized that almost nothing had been done about Rita's perfomances. 

Rita Pavone ended up singing only one night at a venue that had been converted into a theatre from old Cine Rex in Bela Vista. 

Rita Pavone in a Lima hotel, prior to her flying to Brazil in May 1970. 

Ms. Pavone and DJ Guillermo Llerena Godoy in Lima, Peru in the winter of 1970.

Here's what Guillermo Llerena Godoy wrote about interviewing Rita Pavone at the lobby Hotel Crillon on Avenida Nicolás de Piérola, 589, Lima, Perú, in April 1970; the same hotel which had received the likes of Los Cinco Latinos, The Platters, Enrique Guzman, Neil Sedaka, Antonio Prieto and Emilio Perícoli, who I had also interviewed. 

I made the interview using a little Capitol cassette-recorder I had bought in my first trip to the U.S.A. Rita talked about her childhood, her career as a recording artist, as an actress and mainly that she missed her little baby badly who had remained back in Italy. When she talked about the baby she became kind of sad but she soon would come to her animated self again.

I played the interview in my radio show 'Su amigo musical' at Radio El Sol. How could we forget such hits as 'Que me importa el mundo', 'Si tuviera un martillo', 'Corazón', 'El partido de football', 'El baile del ladrillo', 'A mi edade', 'Ay ay ay muchacho' and other hits she recorded for RCA Victor.