Friday, October 20, 2017

WALTER SILVA, disc jockey & cultural agitator

Walter Silva started 'A toca do disco' at Sao Paulo's Radio Record in mid-1958. He had worked as a speaker at Radio Nacional Paulista up to 1957. Then he became a promotion-man for new independent label RGE. 

Walter was instrumental in turning Maysa into a national obsession when he became her assistant after she left her life as a Sao Paulo socialite and became a professional singer - recording a 10" album for RGE in 1956

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 at that time. 

Walter's style was fresh & original and a success. Soon he was poached from Radio Record by Radio Bandeirantes where he started 'O pick up do Pica Pau' in early January 1959. He left RGE to concentrate only on his radio show. 

Walter Silva had his best period at Radio Bandeirantes. 

Everywhere he went he would do the same sort of show... and he was always successful with his listeners.  

Radiolandia #225, 16 August 1958.

Revista do Radio n. 449 - 19 April 1958.

Radio Record programme grid:

9:00 - 'É disco que eu gosto' with Irvando Luiz
13:00 to 13:30 - 'Desafiando discotecas' with José Moura
13:30 to 15:30 - 'A toca do disco' with Walter Silva
23:00 to 0:30 - 'Disque discos' with Miguel Vaccaro Netto

Radiolandia n. 333 - 26 March 1960
Revista do Radio n. 324 - Walter Silva  & Geraldo Tassinari at Radio Nacional Paulista where he started in 1956.
Revista do Radio n. 779 - 1964.

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 II 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.
Prince Philip, the Queen, Mrs. Abreu Sodré & her husband, not-elected governor of S.Paulo.

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

Radio Tupi's director Helio Ribeiro (1964-1965) congratulates Barros de Alencar, the most popular DJ at the station (from 1964 through the late 1970s). 

Cristovão Barros de Alencar was born on 5 August 1932, in Uiraúna in the Northeastern state of Paraíba. He left home early, first going to school in neighbouring Patos-PB, then to Campina Grande-PB where he worked as a commercial speaker at Radio Borborema.

When he was 18 years old in 1950, Barros moved to Recife-PE where he was supposed to go to law school. He never became a lawyer but got a job at Radio Nordeste in Natal-RN in which he presented 'Clube do radio-fan'.

In 1956, Barros was at Radio Poty presenting 'Jornal do fan'. Next year, 1957, Barros had moved south to Belo Horizonte where he worked at Radio Guarany and produced programmes for TV Itacolomi.

From Minas, Barros moved south to São Paulo where he found a job as a commercial speaker at Radio Panamericana. By 1963, Barros had his own show, 'Revista musical brasileira' at Radio Tupi, albeit it was in the so-called 'grave-yard slot', from 23:30 through to 1:00 AM.

Barros though was at the right place at the right time. In mid-1964 Emissoras Associadas signed radio whiz-kid Helio Ribeiro to overhaul Radio Tupi which was lagging in the ratings. Ribeiro following radio man Kalil Filho's advice gave Barros the late morning slot - from 10:00 to 12:00 AM. 'Só sucessos' went from strength to strength and made Alencar popular overnight. Radio Tupi shot to the top in a matter of weeks and stayed there for a few years. 

Helio Ribeiro left the station, but Barros stayed put for more than 10 years. From his seat at Radio Tupi he established himself as a major radio personality. Anyone who ever listened to his late-morning show can 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. 

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. 

Revista do Radio n.  - 11 May 1963. Barros MCed 'Revista musical brasileira' starting 23:30 through 1:00 AM - the so-called 'grave-yard slot'. 

Revista do Radio n. 810 - 27 March 1965Barros tells part of his story since he left his home town. For some reason he fails to mention he made a 'pit-stop' in Belo Horizonte-MG though. 
Barros de Alencar with Wanderley Cardoso, Bolívar, Genival Melo & Rinaldo Calheiros. 
Barros de Alencar and Amilton Fernandes, who also had a daily programme at Radio Tupi. Amilton shot to instant celebrity when he played Albertinho Limonta in TV's remake of Felix Caignet's 'O direito de nascer' (The right to be born) so he had to leave off the radio show. In this Revista do Radio piece, Barros says he had two sons: Sergio Francisco and Cristovão Barros de Alencar Filho. He didn't mention the existence of a wife though.

actor-speaker Amilton Fernandes records an album of Barros de Alencar's chronicles.
Barros de Alencar gets his Roquette Pinto for best DJ from actress Marcia Maria in 1965. 

By 1969, after 5 years on top at Radio Tupi, 'Só sucessos' stretched from a 2 to 4 hour-programme. Barros talks to 'Melodias' about radio programming. 

in the 1970s Barros made inroads into TV having signed with TV Record to MC a weekly Saturday bash. He also increased his phonographic releases by RCA Victor. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Teatro de Aluminio

children playing at Praça da Bandeira with Teatro de Aluminio in the background in 1959.
looking North from Praça da Bandeira in the late 1950s.
looking at Praça da Bandeira with Teatro Aluminio in its forefront in 1963.

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

Theatro São Paulo

at Praça Almeida Junior, Theatro São Paulo was demolished in 1969.

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...