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"Tico-Tico no fubá" (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈtʃiku ˈtʃiku nu fuˈba]; "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 No. 14 on January 27, 1945, and sold nearly two million copies worldwide.
In film and television
|1942||Saludos Amigos, "Aquarela do Brasil" segment||Norman Ferguson / Wilfred Jackson / Jack Kinney / Hamilton Luske / Bill Roberts|
|1942||Rio Rita||S. Sylvan Simon, Eros Volusia and her dancers|
|1943||Thousands Cheer||George Sidney|
|1944||Bathing Beauty||George Sidney, Ethel Smith|
|1944||Kansas City Kitty||Del Lord|
|1944||Abacaxi Azul||Ruy Costa|
|1945||The Gay Senorita||Arthur Dreifuss|
|1945||Club Havana||Edgar G. Ulmer|
|1945||It's a Pleasure||William A. Seiter|
|1947||Copacabana||Alfred E. Green, Carmen Miranda|
|1952||Tico-Tico no Fubá||Adolfo Celi|
|1953||Estrella sin luz||Ernesto Cortázar|
|1958||Yo quiero ser artista||Tito Davison|
|1978||The Muppet Show||Annie Sue with other pigs accompanying|
|1987||Radio Days||Woody Allen|
|1994||Radioland Murders||Mel Smith|
|2004||Ma vie en cinémascope||Denise Filiatrault|
|2006||Zuzu Angel||Sérgio Rezende|
|2013||Behind the Candelabra||Steven Soderbergh|
|2016||A Luta||Bruno Bennec|
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 used in Tom and Jerry in the episode "Muscle Beach Tom", where Tom's rival, Butch is seen dancing with a female cat.
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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- "Disks With Most Radio Plugs" (PDF). The Billboard. 27 (4): 16. January 27, 1945. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
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- "Anitta - Tico-Tico no Fubá | Abertura Rock In Rio Lisboa 2018". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
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