1917

  • Born in Miracatu (São Paulo State, SP), the composer and guitar player Laurindo  Almeida, to whom Radamés dedicates many of his works, such as Concerto nº 4 para violão e orquestra [1] (for guitar and orchestra), made in 1967.

 

 

Radamés and Laurindo, in the 1940s.

 

 

  • In February, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (ODJB) registers their first recording in the United States, which was the very first record by a jazz band.

 

  • Casa Edison (Odeon Records) in Rio de Janeiro, the first recording company in Brazil, presents the controversial samba Pelo Telefone [2], by Donga (Ernesto Joaquim Maria dos Santos, 1890-1974), and recorded by the singer Baiano [3]. That song definitely structures the samba genre, although it is still based in the maxixe rhythmic cells.

 

  • A huge Worker’s Strike breaks out in São Paulo, promoted by the anarchists. This is considered the first big political manifestation of workers in Brazil and it has spread into many other cities, such as Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro.

 

  • Decisive year for the First World War: the United States join the conflict. Russia withdraws because of their own revolution. Lenin assumes the power and announces the Russian Revolution’s victory.

 

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  • [1] This concert has been baptized by the subtitle “Concerto à brasileira” although Radamés had no sympathy nor has given his approval for it.
  • [2] Later on, the partnership with the journalist Mauro de Almeida, so called “the Cold Feet Turkey”. Other composers have required the partnership of this song, such as Sinhô. Some researchers consider this samba song as the first real samba to be recorded, while others consider it the first recorded samba to become a great success during Carnival.
  • [3] In 1902, the singer Baiano (Manoel Pedro dos Santos, 1870-1944) sung for Casa Edison the first record produced in Brazil, the lundu Isto é bom, by Xisto Bahia.