Saturday, 29 April 2017

KLECIUS CALDAS & Armando Cavalcanti 1951

Klecius Pennafort Caldas (born on 6 May 1919, in Rio de Janeiro-DF) and Armando Cavalcanti (born on 19 April 1914, in Recife-PE) were two Brazilian Army captains who enjoyed writing popular music in their leisure time. In order to get their songs recorded they had to submit to 'sharing song ownership' aka 'payola' with radio D.J.s and record industry men.

One day in 1948, Klecius Caldas took courage and decided to visit popular singer-pianist Dick Farney - whom he had never met - at his house in Santa Teresa. He sat down at the piano and sang 'Somos dois' (We are two) which told the story of a newly-wed couple during their honey moon. He had written it in a (very bad) English in the hope to get Dick interested. Mr. Farney listened politely to the tune and asked Klecius if there were Portuguese lyrics to it, in which he obliged on the spot. Farney not only recorded it but showed it to playwright Nelson Rodrigues's brother cinema director Milton Rodrigues who fell in love with its story and made a film out of it in 1950.

Dick Farney himself starred in 'Somos dois', maybe inspired by his young brother Cyll Farney who was one of the top Brazilian matinée idols in the 40s and 50s.

1949 Carnaval brought recognition & money to Klecius Caldas & Armando Cavalcanti when their 'Marcha do gago', recorded by top Brazilian cinema comedian Oscarito reached #1 in the charts and was included in the musical-comedy 'Carnaval no fogo' which was a blockbuster. When, soon after Carnaval, Francisco Alves recorded  'Palavras amigas', Klecius & Armando finally arrived.

In 1950, the duo wrote 'Marcha do neném' for Oscarito who show-cased it in 'Aviso aos navegantes' another box-office triumph. They also joined the 'baião craze' and penned 'Sertão de Jequié' for by Dalva de Oliveira and 'Boiadeiro' for Luiz Gonzaga, the King of Baiao himself.

In 1951, they penned 'Papai Adão'. recorded by Black-Out aka Blecaute. In 1952, they found their mojo again with 'Maria Candelária' (recorded yet again by Black-Out) that told the story of a government public servant fraudulently appointed to work in an office as political favour - who shirks real-work as a vampire flees from a cross or a garlic clove.

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