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.
Orquestra Colbaz. Recorded in 1931 (Columbia recording company).
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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.
In 2005, tubist Kyle Turner recorded a version for his album "Expressions - The Heart of the Tuba." In 2006, the Brazilian singer Ney Matogrosso recorded a version for his album Batuque. In 2009, Daniela Mercury recorded the song on her thirteenth studio album Canibália.
Other notable recordings have been made by:
- Percy Faith
- Edmundo Ros
- Xavier Cugat
- Charlie Parker
- Pérez Prado
- João Gilberto
- Ney Matogrosso
- Lou Bega
- Raúl di Blasio
- Los Iracundos
- Klaus Wunderlich
- Marc-André Hamelin
- Edson Lopes
- Paquito d'Rivera
- Alys Robi
- Berliner Philharmoniker
In film and television
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 the season three 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.
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.
- Discography of Américo Jacomino Canhoto, Discography of Américo Jacomino Canhoto 2
CD reissue: Violão Imortal – Canhoto Américo Jacomino; Rvpc 008; Revivendo
- CD reissue, Orquestra Colbaz, Gravações Raras, 1
- "Disks With Most Radio Plugs" (PDF). The Billboard. 27 (4): 16. January 27, 1945. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Ethel Smith Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- "O Pato" ; João Gilberto, letras.mus.br