Older: Celebrating Elis Regina


Published: 03/07/2017

by Scott Adams


Program #1293 - 'Celebrating Elis Regina'

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We'll 'Spring Ahead' with our clocks this weekend, then we'll count down the final few before the official arrival of Spring. This year, Mother Nature's late winter warmth can be fickle so while she takes her time to figure it all out, let's enjoy two hours with a legendary Brazilain voice as we take yet another step closer to the sunshine season. 

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It's New Music Wednesday and Friday's Brazil Back2Back serves up two-in-a-row spring-like hits from Fabiana Passoni. Listen at the top of the hour, 11 am and 2 pm CT, exclusively on our streaming station. Daily Listening Guide.

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Spring ahead this weekend. Finally! Something to hang our hat on for the sunshine season. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night so you don't miss a minute of The Sounds of Brazil on 90.9 FM WDCB in Chicago (and streaming at wdcb.org) Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm. What does the time change mean for the US and Brazil? Catch our story on the Brazil Club home page.

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Sunday's Brazilian Brunch features many of our favorite versions of 'The Waters of March'. Plus a suprise or two to help you take ou Lounge Page Challenge. Only on Sundays at 5 am, 9 am 2 pm and 8 pm Chicago time and only on The Sounds of Brazil's streaming station.

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Always a great story on Brazil Club’s home page. It's a great way to add a little more ‘Brazil’ to your life. Read up on this week’s featured singer Elis Regina, the secret story behind 'The Waters of March' and more. Our events calendar and directory are there, too. Things to do, places to go!

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This week’s show:

My Producer's Notes

Listen to The Sounds of Brazil every three hours beginning at 6am Central Time daily.

This week on The Sounds of Brazil, I have a different kind of show for you to enjoy. The music mix is the same as always but the story behind it is special one for me to share with you.

For more than a decade, I’ve always set aside the month of March for the ‘Songs In The Feminine Key’ theme to coincide with 'Woman's History Month'. The inspiration comes from our annual tribute to Elis Regina – always near her birthday on March 17th – which began even years earlier.

Musically, Elis carried her talent like an "open book", creating the impression that every song was part of her own personal experience, propelling great emotion into her music.

Today, Elis is still revered as Brazil’s greatest performer, but surprisingly little has been written about her life. Sure, you’ll find thumbnail bios everywhere, but they’ll fail to get past the facts of what made Regina one of Brazil’s very best performers.

But legends aren’t painted from paragraph-long bios. The simple fact of the matter is that Elis’s life was a combination of personal turmoil and creative release, framed by a dark and repressive period of Brazil’s history.

Brazil’s period of military reign began in 1964. It immediately deflated Bossa Nova’s optimistic style and fueled the birth of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) as part of the protest movement against big government.

Regina’s powerful emotion on stage endeared her to the nation, and the legend grew from there. We might have been limited to these snippets of her life, if it hadn’t been for an unusual set of circumstances.

Many years ago – on a now-defunct Yahoo Newsgroup – I came across a web-based, English language translation of 'Furacão Elis' (Hurricane Elis), the wonderful biography penned by Regina Echeverria in 1985. Previously available only in its original Portuguese and book-bound form, a Canadian fan named Robert St. Louis undertook the exacting task of translating the entire text into English.

A few years later, I discovered that the newsgroup had been closed and the book was no longer available anywhere on the Internet. So I tracked Robert down and offered to give his wonderful book a permanent home on the internet. Happily, he agreed.

This book remains the only published biography on Elis Regina. The author came under fire and some in Regina’s family publicly condemned it. Echeverria's observations of her life are frank, but fair. But strong reaction from members of her family led to the book being pulled from stores and subsequently 'buried' by the publisher. There was a certain amount of fan backlash that caught the media’s attention, too.

Now you can read the entire book in English (all twelve chapters) anytime. It’s an unmatched look at the life and music of Brazil's greatest female singer and I hope that it brings you as much enjoyment as it does for me to present it to you.

Get started with Elis Regina here. You'll find the link to her biography, too.

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"Celebrating Elis Regina"

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Triste<>ElisRegina/Next Stop Wonderland

One Note Samba<>Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd/Jazz Samba

Scarbourogh Fair<>Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66/Greatest Hits

Welcome to The Brazilian Club Lounge

Incendiando<>Eliane Elias/Made In Brazil

Special Announcement

Blue Bossa<>Torcuato Mariano/Brzilain Nights


Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

Madalena<>Mark Murphy/Nightmood

Tristeza De Nos Dois<>Manfredo Fest/Amazonas

Introduce Next Set

Coisa Mais Linda<>Carlos Lyra/Bossa Nova Sua Gente

Espada  de Prata<>Celia Vaz/Ebb & Flow

Summertime<>Deodato /The Crossing


Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Aguas De Marco<>Elis Regina & Jobim/Elis & Tom

Sonho do Brasil<>Slowdown/Retrospectives


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Hour 2:

Set 1:

Elis<>Peter White/A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Beach In My Mind<>Superpulse/Brasil 5000

Zona Sul<>Rosalia de Souza/Garota Moderna

Dois Pra La, Dois Pra Ca<>Elis Regina/ Personalidade

Special Announcement

Garota De Ipanema<>Marina/Melting Pop


Set 2:

Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Ricardo Silveira

Não Me Balança Mais<>Emilio Santiago/De Um Jeito Diferente

Sessao da Onze<>Ricardo Silveira/RSVC NEW! on the Hot List

Introduce Next Set                                                                        

Juliana<>Antonio Adolfo/Adolfo

Antigua<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

Atras da Porta<>Elis Regina/Personalidade


Set 3:

Waters of March<>Halie Loren/After Dark


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Next week, we'll 'Spring Into Brazil' with two-hours of season-changing favorites! And you won't want to miss a minute of it!

I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please - tell a few friends about us on WDCB and on Mix105Indy.com and Downtown Dayton Radio It's always great to share the music.

Always a pleasure,


Scott Adams

The Sounds of Brazil!


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