COÏMBRA (E UMA LIçâO DE AMOR)

Latest update on 28/02/2010

Artist: Alberto Ribeiro
Author: Raul Ferrâo/José Galhardo
Label: Produtores Associados
Year: 1947

Sung as a serenade to co-star Amalia Rodrigues in Armando Miranda's movie Capas Negras, named after the black capes of the university student population of Coïmbra. Title means Coïmbra Is A Lesson In Love. Ribeiro first recorded it on the Copacabana label in '51. The melody was already written in '39, but repeatedly rejected in revista theaters.

Covers:

1950:

Amália Rodrigues [live in Dublin; where Yvette Giraud asked for the sheet; Amalia's first recording was on her first album in '54]

1950:

Yvette Giraud [as Avril au Portugal; French lyrics: Jacques Larue]

1951:

Roberto Inglez

1952:

Les Baxter [n°2 US as April In Portugal, inspiring the Portuguese government to adopt the song (and Amalia) for touristic propaganda reasons]

1952:

Victor Silvester

1952:

Eddy Christiani [as April In Portugal; Dutch version]

1953:

Vic Damone

1953:

Louis Armstrong

1953:

Eartha Kitt

1953:

Line Renaud

1969:

Chet Atkins

1973:

Tony Martin

1985:

Julio Iglesias [as Abril en Portugal]

1994:

Duo Magit

1996:

Roberto Carlos

1999:

Caetano Veloso

José Galhardo is also the original lyricist of Lisboa Antigua, which became a n°1 US in '55 for Nelson Riddle as Lisbon Antigua. There's a VA-album with 24 versions of Coïmbra and derivatives (cd Roots), including Ribeiro's.

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