Tico-tico no Fubá
Tico-Tico no Fubá
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Tico-Tico no Fubá [ˈtʃiku ˈtʃiku nu fuˈba] is the title of a renowned Brazilian choro music piece composed by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917. Its original title was Tico-Tico no Farelo, 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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Choro (literally translated meaning lament) is also popularly known as chorinho in the affectionate diminutive form of Brazilian Portuguese. “Fubá” is a type of maize flour, and “tico-tico” is the name of a bird, the rufous-collared sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis). Hence, “Tico-Tico no Fubá” means “Sparrow in the Cornmeal”.
The first recording of the work was made by Orquestra Colbaz (Columbia 22029, 1931).
Tico-Tico no Fubá was recorded and made popular internationally by Carmen Miranda (who performed it onscreen in Copacabana (1947)) and Ray Conniff. Ethel Smith‘s earlier hit recording on the Hammond organ reached the U.S. pop charts in November 1944, peaked at No. 14 on January 27, 1945, and sold nearly two million copies worldwide. She also performed it in the MGM film Bathing Beauty (1944).