Tico-Tico no Fubá
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"Tico-Tico no fubá" [ˈtʃiku ˈtʃiku nu fuˈba] ("sparrow in the cornmeal", or, literally, "rufous-collared sparrow in the cornmeal") is a Brazilian choro song written by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917. Its original title was "Tico-Tico no farelo" ("sparrow in the bran"), but since Brazilian guitarist Américo Jacomino "Canhoto" (1889–1928) had a work with the same title, Abreu's work was given its present name in 1931, and sometime afterward Aloysio de Oliveira wrote the original Portuguese lyrics.
Outside Brazil, the song reached its peak popularity in the 1940s, with successful recordings by Ethel Smith, The Andrews Sisters (with English-language lyrics by Ervin Drake), Carmen Miranda and others.
The first recording of the work was made by Orquestra Colbaz (Columbia 22029, 1931).
Ethel Smith performed it on the Hammond organ in the MGM film Bathing Beauty (1944), after which her recording reached the U.S. pop charts in November 1944, peaked at #14 on January 27, 1945, and sold nearly two million copies worldwide.
The song was recorded by The Andrews Sisters on March 7, 1944 and it briefly reached the charts. The song was recorded by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians in 1956 (Decca DL8221) on the album, "A Visit to Disneyland".
Other recordings have been made by:
- Alys Robi
- Berliner Philharmoniker
- Carmen Miranda 1945
- Charlie Parker 1952
- Cristiano Malgioglio 2017
- Dalida 1976
- Desi Arnaz 1947
- Edmundo Ros 1945
- Edson Lopes
- Ethel Smith 1944
- Ferrante & Teicher 1956
- Ferrante & Teicher with Orchestra Conducted by Don Costa 1960
- Grant Green 1962
- Henry Mancini 1965
- James Booker 1980
- James Last 1965
- Jo Ann Castle 1957
- João Gilberto
- Klaus Wunderlich 1958
- Les Baxter and His Orchestra 1959
- Les Paul and Mary Ford 1955
- Liberace 1956
- Los Iracundos 1967
- Lou Bega 1999
- Marc-André Hamelin
- Ney Matogrosso 2001
- Oscar Alemán 1940
- Paquito D'Rivera 1989
- Percy Faith 1974
- Perez Prado 1963
- Raúl di Blasio 1994
- Ray Conniff 1962
- Roger Williams 1958
- The Puppini Sisters 2016
- Xavier Cugat 1945
In film and television
Eros Volusia and her dancers dance to "Tico-Tico" in 1942 Rio Rita. Ethel Smith performed "Tico-Tico" onscreen in Bathing Beauty (1944). Carmen Miranda performed "Tico-Tico" onscreen in Copacabana (1947); It was also featured in the "Aquarela do Brasil" segment of the Walt Disney film Saludos Amigos (1942) and in Woody Allen's Radio Days (1987).
In Quebec the song has been used for several decades in commercials for Sico paint.
In season three of Mama's Family episode "An Ill Wind," an intoxicated Iola briefly sings the song's chorus before passing out onto a bed.
This song can be heard on various episodes of the Belgian Kabouter Wesley cartoon.
In season one of Narcos: Mexico, episode 3 ("El Padrino”), the orchestral version of the song is played by a band during a reception.
This song was performed in the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
References to the song
A biographical movie about Zequinha de Abreu with the same title, Tico-Tico no Fubá was produced in 1952 by the Brazilian film studio Companhia Cinematográfica Vera Cruz, starring Anselmo Duarte as Abreu.
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