Tuesday, August 12, 2014

1963 - 1964 in a scrap-book

I don't know who invented scrap-books. I have always had scrap-books where I pasted clippings from magazines and newspapers until the Internet came along. My scrap-books were usually dedicated to my favourite pop stars and their latest hits. I had a friend called Claudete Deleva who was a little different. She loved pop music and the films but she liked all kinds of news too be it political or straight from the scandal sheets like 'Ultima Hora' and 'Notícias Populares' two very popular São Paulo newspapers. 

When I met Claudete in 1966, she had this seamstears's book filled with clippings of all kinds. I thought it 'funny'. I eve laughed at the things she considered 'important' enough to be included in the scrap-book. Now, looking back at it I see it is priceless because it captured a slice of time in the popular culture of late 1963, 1964 and early 1965.  

Claudete obviously had her preference in music & cinema. She loved Italian rocker Rita Pavone and was partial to Sarita Montiel in the movies. Apparently, Claudete starts her scrap-book around the time John Kennedy was murdered in Dallas, Texas.

Actress Maria Vidal drank poison and died later in hospital 14 May 1963; Mexican singer Miguel Aceves Mejia would visit Brazil soon; Janio Quadros had resigned as President in 1961, but was still the butt of jokes; President João Goulart would soon be toppled by a military coup that would drag the country back 100 years; Laura wanted to become Lauro; beautiful singer Gilda Lopes was depressed because her 9 year-old son had lost an arm in a bus accident;  British 'Profumo affair' was still raging; Audrey Hepburn and Shirley McLaine played a lesbian love-affair in a William Wyler movie called 'Infâmia' based on Lillian Hellman's 'The children's hour'; Chubby Checker and the twist were still popular; Miss Brazil was Black for the 1st time ever; monokini was in, bikini was out; controversial writer Adelaide Carraro of 'Eu e o governador' fame wanted to became a painter; Cassandra Rios who wrote mainly about lesbian love was accused of kidnapping; Henrique Lobo, a famous DJ changed radio stations, radio was still important enough to be news; the Beatles had arrived; Trini Lopez was a new release; Rita Pavone had a Brazilian romance; Brigitte Bardot visited Rio with Bob Zagury, her Brazilian beau; Edith Piaf married a Greek man young enough to be her son

John Kennedy is murdered in Dallas, the City of Hate
Mexican singer Miguel Aceves Mejia - tragic actress Maria Vidal 
President Jânio Quadros (1961) - President João Goulart (1961-1964)
Pelé wearing CBD's jersey
Laura wants to become Lauro
popular singer Gilda Lopes' s depression due to her son's tragic accident
The Profumo case - Lillian Hellmann's 'The children's hour'
Chubby Checker - Hebe Camargo - dona Leonor Mendes de Barros 
Vera Lucia Couto, Miss Guanabara 1964 
controversial writers Adelaide Carraro & Cassandra Rios 
Brigitte Bardot in Cabo Frio-RJ
domestic violence - DJ Henrique Lobo leaves Radio Excelsior
The Beatles have arrived - Trini Lopez's album is released 
Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian beau Bob Zagury 
Rita Pavone and her Brazilian beau Netinho - Edith Piaf and her Greek beau Theo Sarapo
Agnaldo Rayol denies he's a drug fiend - Paul Anka monkeys around 
'A moça que veio de longe' is the most popular soap-opera ever - 'O direito de nascer' is revived
Doctor Kildare breaks a million hearts - Rinaldo Calheiros keeps on trucking 
Wilson Miranda smiles to his fans - Ronnie Cord's cute
Rita Pavone rocks the nation - Roberto Carlos waits in the wings for his turn 
Carlos Zara is top heart-throb - Lolita Rodrigues acts in soaps

Singer Agnaldo Rayol said he was not a drug addict; 'A moça que veio de longe' (The girl that came from afar) was the most popular TV soap-opera ever, starting a trend that has lasted 30 years up to date (2014); 'O direito de nascer' the most popular radio soap-opera ever was re-enacted on TV with similar success; Richard Chamberlain's 'Dr. Kildare' was top TV Excelsior; Rinaldo Calheiros sans Silvana still managed to appear on the cover of TV guide even without a hit-record; the same might be said of Wilson Miranda; Ronnie Cord was #1 with 'Rua Augusta', the 1st real Brazilian rock; Rita Pavone was the Italian Volcano; Roberto Carlos was young and new; actors Carlos Zara and Lolita Rodrigues were popular among soap-opera viewers; Sarita Montiel had known better days but she still had a faithful fan-club (Claudete being one of them); middle-aged comedian Dercy Gonçalves (she was 58 in 1964) was really hot on TV Excelsior with her weekly show.

Pelé talks about his plans to marry; Trini Lopez's 'Michael' is #1 in the singles' charts; Ray Conniff leads the extended-play charts and Trini Lopez's 'The Latin Album' is #1 in the LP's chart in the 1st week of 1965.

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