From a poor family, Silva lost his father at three. Soon he was engaged in several different small jobs for a living. In 1934 he was invited by Francisco Alves to sing in his program at the Rádio Cajuti. In the same year he debuted in the radio under the pseudonym of Orlando Navarro and recorded his first album, through Columbia, with the samba “Olha a Baiana” (Kid Pepe/Germano Augusto) and the march “Ondas Curtas” (Kid Pepe/Zeca Ivo). In 1936, Silva participated in the inauguration of the Rádio Nacional, interpreting “Caprichos do Destino” (Pedro Caetano/Claudionor Cruz), the song that would become a hit in his rendition. Silva was the first to host an exclusive show in that broadcasting station, and it was a massive success. In the same year, he had another hit with “Dama do Cabaré” (Noel Rosa), followed by “Lábios que Beijei” (J. Cascata/Leonel Azevedo), “Carinhoso” (he was the launcher of this all-time classic by Pixinguinha/João de Barro), and “Rosa” (Pixinguinha/Otávio de Souza) in 1937. In 1938 he appeared in the film Banana da Terra, interpreting “A Jardineira” (Benedito Lacerda/Humberto Porto), which was a huge hit in the Carnival of 1939. Another success of his was “Página de Dor” (Índio/Pixinguinha), also recorded in 1938. The samba “A Primeira Vez” (Bide/Marçal) was recorded by Silva in 1940 and was one of the several songs (like “Preconceito” by Wilson Batista/Marino Pinto, “Curare” by Bororó, and “Aos Pés da Cruz” by Marino Pinto/Zé da Zilda) turned into classics by him that were re-recorded by his disciple João Gilberto. His everlasting influence, though, is present and clearly audible in Brazilian music — one could say that it is immortal.
Edited by daslava on 4 Jun 2007, 12:05
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