• The guitarist and composer Laurindo Almeida was born in Miracatu (SP), to whom Radamés dedicates several works, including the Concerto nº 4 para violão e orquestra [1], de 1967.

Radamés and Laurindo, in the 1940s.

  • In February, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (ODJB) makes its first recording in the United States; is the first album recorded by a jazz group.
  • Casa Edison, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s first record label, launches the controversial samba Pelo Telephone[2], recorded by Donga (Ernesto Joaquim Maria dos Santos, 1890-1974), recorded by the singer Baiano[3]. Samba is structured as a genre, still heavily rooted in the syncopated rhythmic cells of maxixe.
  • Workers’ strike in São Paulo, promoted by anarchists. This movement was the first major labor demonstration in Brazil and spread to several cities, such as Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Decisive year for the First World War: the United States officially enters the conflict. Russia withdraws to make its own revolution. Lenin takes power and announces the victory of the Russian Revolution.

[1] The subtitle “Concerto à Brasileira” attributed to this concert did not have the sympathy or approval of Radamés.

[2] Subsequently, the partnership of journalist Mauro de Almeida was recorded, the so-called “Peru dos Pés Frios”. Other composers also claimed a partnership in samba, such as Sinhô. Samba Pelo Telefone is considered, by some historians, the first recorded samba and, by others, the first recorded samba to be successful in the carnival period.

[3] Baiano (Manoel Pedro dos Santos, 1870-1944) was the singer who, in 1902, recorded the first album released in Brazil for Casa Edison, recording the lundu Isto é bom, by Xisto Bahia.