Friday, October 20, 2017

Walter Silva starts 'O pick up do Pica Pau'

Walter Silva started his famous 'O pick up do Pica Paulo' at Sao Paulo's Radio Record in mid-1958. He had worked as Maysa's assistant when she decided to become a professional singer after recording a 10" album for RGE in 1956. Mr Silva, who worked as a promotion man for the label was assigned to travel with bombastic Maysa to Rio de Janeiro and anywhere else in Brazil as her P.R. man. 

Walter did his job so well, he was soon invited by Paulinho Machado de Carvalho to start a radio show of his own at Radio Record, the highest rating broadcaster in São Paulo. Walter's style was fresh and original and he made the 10:00 AM slot a hit. 

Walter Silva was attracted by Radio Bandeirantes and other radio stations. Everywhere he went he would do the same sort of show... and it was always a big hit with listeners.  

Radiolandia #225, 16 August 1958.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The day Janio Quadros' daughter married - 1960

Tutu Quadros arrives at Igreja Nossa Senhora de Fátima... like royalty. 
Radiolandia #340, 1st November 1960

Janio & Tutu on 25 March 1953, three days after he won the election. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Helio de Alencar's 'Parada de Sucessos' 1959 - Radio Nacional paulista

'Parada de Sucessos', a programme MCed by Helio de Alencar on Radio Nacional Paulista every day from Monday through Saturday from 11:30 to 12:00 was the most popular at its time-slot.

If one happened to be walking in residential area between 11:30 and 12:00 one was bound to listen to strands of Glenn Miller's 'Saint Louis Blues March' which was the 'leit-motiv' of 'Parada de Sucessos'. Everyone and his dog listened to this radio show.

Lojas Assumpção or Radios Assumpção S.A. had been the patron of the radio show for more than 10 years.

In 1959, 'Parada de Sucessos' entered its 10th year on the air. Radio Nacional gave a bash at Cine Piratininga - one of the largest in São Paulo accommodating 5,000 happy people who congragated to see their favourite singers like Carlos Gonzaga, Agostinho dos Santos, Laila Curi, João Gilberto, Roberto Luna plus a list of comedians like Chocolate. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


a cyclist ponder his best move out of such a confusing traffic... 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Queen Elizabeth visits Sao Paulo - 8 November 1968.

there's a dearth of Queen Elizabeth's photographs taken during her 1968 visit to São Paulo... this is the only one I could get hold of... which shows her waving to the public when she arrives to open MASP - Art Museum of Sao Paulo on 8 November 1968.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Radio Bandeirantes - March 1963

Radio Bandeirantes was the most popular radio station in São Paulo in the first half of the 1960s. Bandeirantes supremacy though was dented by Helio Ribeiro's complete make-over of Radio Tupi in late 1964. So we could safely say Bandeirantes ruled the waves for half a decade. 

Here's a whole-page advertising on 24 November 1963, Sunday at 'O Estado de S.Paulo' in which one can see what it took for Radio Bandeirantes to be the Number One station in the city. 

09:00 - Omar Cardoso - A dança das horas
09:30 - Ricardo Macedo - Discomentando 
10:00 - Fernando Solera - Pick up do Pica Pau
12:00 - Fernando Solera - Mil discos é o limit 
13:00 - Enzo de Almeida Passos - Telefone pedindo bis 
14:00 - Fausto Canova - É disco que eu gosto 
14:30 - Enzo de Almeida Passos- Atendendo o ouvinte 
15:00 - Rubens Greiffo - Qual é a música? 
16:00 - Enzo de Almeida Passos - Vitrola mágica 
17:00 - Vicente Leporace - Sem discussão 
18:00 - Sergio Galvão - Os brotos comandam 
18:30 - Fausto Canova - Sambalanço 

Radio Bandeirantes used to register their programme titles as trade-marks even when their names referred to a particular DJ as Walter Silva who had been known as Pica Pau all his life due to his sporting a big nose. Walter devised a title for his show as 'Pick up do Pica Pau' (Woodpecker's pick-up) but wasn't cunning enough to beat the radio station in its own game. When Walter Silva left the broadcaster due to a salary dispute Radio Bandeirantes kept the name of HIS show. 

The same happened to DJ Henrique Lobo who devised a name for his programme - 'É disco que eu gosto' - that was registered surreptitiously by Bandeirantes as its own trade mark. 

singer João Dias with Enzo de Almeida Passos, the man of the hour at Radio Bandeirantes.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Theatro Paramount is refurbished in 1956

10 January 1957 - columnist Ney Machado from Rio de Janeiro's 'A Noite' tells the whole story how Sao Paulo was given a great present with the renovation of old Cine Paramount which was turned into a complete theatre now. It would re-open its doors on Friday, 18 January 1957. Impresarios Bernardo Wull Bregman (photo) and Julio Lorenzi put up the money for the renovation and managed the theatre now. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Barros de Alencar, radio DJ & singer

revista Melodias 1969. 

Barros de Alencar had been with Radio Tupi since 1965 when Helio Ribeiro upgraded the station making it Number One. Barros had the 10:00 AM to Noon slot and kept it strong for more than 10 years. 

Everyone who listened to his late-morning show still remember the jingle that was played at the last half-hour: 'Barros de Alencar vai apresentar as 7 mais do dia, as 7 campeãs!'. 

Mr. Alencar also kept a career as a recording singer. His RCA discs played only at his shows but soon started to have a more widespread appeal having reached its peak in 1975 when he had a big hit with 'Emanuela', a cover of the French novelty tune. 

Cristovão Barros de Alencar was born on 5 August 1940, in Uiraúna in the Northeastern state of Paraíba. He started his career at the microphones of Radio Borborema in Campina Grande-PB. Barros moved on to Recife, Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte before he settled in and made São Paulo his fortress. 

Barros de Alencar died on the first hours of 5 June 2017, in São Paulo and was buried at Cemiterio Primavera in Guarulhos in the afternoon of the same day.   

Monday, April 3, 2017

Teatro de Aluminio

children playing at Praça da Bandeira, having Teatro de Aluminio in the background... 1959.

Renato Macedo, Fausto Macedo & Ricardo Macedo

Macedo Family in 1932. Renato is boy jumping up and down the car seat in the middle.

Radiolandia #355, 1961; Ricardo Macedo's Sunday show 'Album Musical' beamed from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM and counted down the 25 best selling singles of the week on Radio Excelsior. Later on, Macedo moved his show to Radio Bandeirantes on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon. Ricardo Macedo was renowned for honesty and precision on his research with more than 56 record-shops spread around Sao Paulo's metropolitan area. His Top 25 was adopted by US magazine Cash Box
Ricardo Macedo (wearing a moustache and glasses) receives a gift from US record producer Sidney Frey who came to Brazil to establish Audio Fidelity, a brand-new record label.
Radiolandia #369, 1962

'Correio da Manhã', 10 March 1962, 'Esquina sonora' by Rossini Pinto says: Ricardo Macedo presents 'Album Musical' on Sundays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Radio Excelsior -  the 25 best-selling singles of the week.

'Correio da Manhã', 7 April 1963, columnist Oziel Peçanha says Ricardo Macedo now is the chief record-selling researcher at Radio Bandeirantes.
'Correio da Manhã' Rio de Janeiro, 10 November 1963. Ricardo Macedo's Hit Parade radio-show is news even in Rio de Janeiro. He worked for Radio Bandeirantes then. 
Ricardo Macedo at Revista Melodias #145 October 1969. Ricardo had a 2-hour Sunday show from 10:00 to Noon at Radio Record after having stayed with Radio Bandeirantes for many years. According to 'Melodias', Macedo had a soujourn of some years in Bahia and now was back in São Paulo doing what he did best: research the best selling singles, EPs and LPs and then counting them down on Sunday mornings.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cine São Bento

Cine São Bento in the 1920s.
a bluish Saint Benedict overlooks the entrance to his Basilica... 

Cine Recreio on Praça João Mendes 1940s

Cine Recreio - started as Pathe Palacio - in 1943 was already shut for impending demoliton...
Cine Eden changed its name to Cine Recreio...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Largo do Paisandú

São Miguel Paulista

Cine São Miguel located at Rua da Fábrica, opened in 1943... here's a photo taken in 1963, 20 years later. São Miguel Paulista had an older cinema called Cine V-8 at Praça Getulio Vargas Filho which was demolished in 1938; Vander Loureiro says he saw the last picture show screened at Cine V-8 - it was a Richard Dix flick about aviation... it could have been 'Sky Giant' released on 22 July 1938 in the U.S.A. 

1 9 3 9 Sao Paulo

a boy sells a copy of evening paper 'Diario da Noite' circa 1939. 
Luftansa's office in Sao Paulo in 1939 just a short time before WWII.
Mappin Stores moves from Praça do Patriarca crossing Viaducto do Cha to be located in front of Theatre Municipal.

actor playwright Gianfrancesco Guarnieri rides his bycicle in the 1950s. 

Av. Sao Joao between Cons.Crispiniano & Av.Ipiranga

Cine Art Palacio on the left was playing 'Um roubo em Paris' (The viscount) released in 1967.

Avenida São João circa 1959... the fenced construction on the right is Grandes Galerias aka Galeria do Rock being built. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Miguel Leuzzi Junior weds Maria Thereza dos Reis

After Getulio Vargas won the Presidential election in 1950, there seemed to be a new movement in the media to be more diversified. Since 1930, when radio came into the scene, it grew really quickly and created new 'media barons' like Assis Chateaubriand who owned radio stations and newspapers throughout the country and Paulo Machado de Carvalho who concentrated his media ownership in Sao Paulo. 

In the political party scene there were basically two positions: those for Getulio and those against him. Getulio actually had formed two political parties to give him support at the National Congress: PSD (Social Democratic Party) was a right-of-the centre political party made up of landowners, businessmen and professionals such as doctors (like Juscelino Kubistchek); PTB (Brazilian Labour Party) was a left-of-the-centre party that was made up not only of workers but open-minded landowner (like João Goulart), businessmen and... workers.

Those against Getulio were right-wingers pro-USA and mostly congragated in the UDN (National Democratic Union) like journalist Carlos Lacerda and some Catholic reactionaries. 

João Goulart 

Congressman Miguel Leuzzi Junior & Maria Thereza dos Reis.

Maria Thereza greets her groom's best man: President João Goulart.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017