Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe


Rô e Carlinhos
October 2, 2022, 1:00 am
Filed under: Brazil

O Gigante

This single was a one off by the duo of Ronaldo “Ro” Tapajós and Carlos “Carlinhos” Alberto De Souza, and was produced by Hélcio Milito  – who was featured on “The Post with No Name“. Probably one of the more obscure Tropicália releases. Surprised this was included on the Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas compilation.

Catalog number 33563 on CBS of Brazil, released 1968.



“The Post with No Name”
January 1, 2022, 7:31 am
Filed under: Brazil, Chile, Guyana, Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago

I thought I’d start the new year off with something a little different. First, this post has ten songs by nine different artists. Second, the only thing that connects them is that they covered music by Ennio Morricone from one of the three Sergio Leone‘s Spaghetti Western films: A Fistful of DollarsFor a Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – a.k.a. “The Man with No Name” trilogy. Third, this post is the first to include music from South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean Islands. Originally, this blog focused only on Africa, The Middle East, India and Asia. But in the almost 14 years since this blog started, I’ve become increasingly interested in the music from South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Titoli

I was first introduced to Hong Kong‘s Man Chau Po Orchestra [seen above] on Thrift Score Records’ sole release: Teen Dance Music from China and Malaysia. which had just about all of the tracks from this single. Also, Thailand’s Suang Santi‘s “Phu Ying Yai” sampled this version of the opening song from A Fistful of Dollars  – not the original Morricone track.

Catalog number MEP. 5 on Man Chi Records Co. of Hong Kong, released 1966.


Por un Puñado de Dólares

Chile‘s Los Sonny’s are the only other group that I was able to find to cover the theme from the first film of the trilogy. This track is from their second album which consisted entirely of songs from Spaghetti Westerns – including Stelvio Cipriani‘s theme to The Bounty Killer

Catalog number CML-2638-X on RCA Victor of Chile, released 1968.


A Few Dollars More

Bumble & The Saints were from Guyana. Aubrey Cummings was the leader of the band before leaving to become the lead singer for The Rhythmnaires. The flipside of this single is a cover of “Theme from Django”. 

Catalog number I-28 on Ideal. No country of origin or date listed.


Por Unos Dolares Más

The Bad Boys – also seen as Los Bad Boys – were from Managua, Nicaragua. The band consisted of Humberto Hernández “El Gordo Beto” (vocals), Freddy Sequeira (bass, vocals), Francisco “Chico” Alvear (also known as Frank Alvir, guitar, vocals), Roman Cerpas (drums). They recorded 10 other singles for the Discosa label.  

Catalog number 62 on Discosa of Nicaragua. No release date listed.


For a Few Dollars More

The Spitfires were from Columbo, Sri Lanka. I had been looking for their other single on Decca for ages. I only recently stumbled on this record.  The line up for the band as listed on the back cover: Manager: Marcy Perara, Leader: Chinti Perara, Lead Guitar: Ronald Boustead, Rhythm Guitar: Donald Seneviratne, Bass Guitar: Felix Fernando, Electronic Organ: Claude Fernando, Drums: Chinti Perara, Vocals: Budrin Musafer, Sohan Pieris, Desmond se Silva. 

Catalog number JVPC 1028 on Philips. No release date listed.


A Few Dollars More

The Cassanovas – also seen as The Guinness Cassanovas – were from Trinidad & Tobago. They released nine other singles and an album. 

Catalog number ATM-57 on Atman Records of Trinidad & Tobago, released 1968.


O Bom, O Mau e O Feio

Hélcio Milito was a Brazilian jazz samba/bossa nova drummer and producer who worked with musicians like Luiz BonfáJoão GilbertoAstrud Gilberto and Luíz Eça. He has also helped make film scores for several Brazilian movies.

Catalog number 37.600 on CBS of Brazil, released 1969.


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Relly Coloma is from the Philippines, but – according to his website – currently lives in Los Angeles. Although his bio says “over 70 albums”, Discogs only lists 23 – plus 7 singles

Catalog number MLS 5186 on Villar Records of the Philippines, released 1970.


El Bueno, El Malo y El Feo

Here’s another one by Los Sonny’s with the title track to the album posted above.


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Happy Melodians were from Singapore. This was most likely Maurice Patton & The Melodians. This song was included on Finders Keepers‘ compilation B-Music – Drive In, Turn On, Freak Out. Many other bands from Singapore covered these songs: Charlie & His Orchestra, D’Starlights, The Quests, The Stylers and The Vigilantes.

Catalog number JS 1001 on Jazzson Records of Singapore, released 1968.


This is by no means a definitive list. I was unable to find anything from the African continent and the only thing I was able to find from the Middle East was Selçuk Alagöz’s “Ringo” – which I have previously posted. There is a version of “A Few Dollars More” by The Tremolos from India. Whereas Discogs has a listing for a band called The Motion from Thailand who’s only single contains covers of both “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, I have not been able to find any proof that the record exists. And lastly, while countless songs from Jamaica reference the titles and actors of these films, I have not heard an actual cover of a Morricone tune from there as of this posting. 

If you would like to listen to all 10 tracks in one uninterrupted mix – as well as a couple of other mixes – check out Radiodiffusion Internasionaal’s SoundCloud page