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November 15, 2005



I first heard this piece in early 60's on electric guitar. Since then I was hooked to it. Here is a version by Paco de Lucia:

Gabriela Marques Costa

"Tico-Tico do Fubá"!
Excellent article!
Congratulations on your tribute to the eternal diva Carmen Miranda.

Please have a look at my blog, where I too make a tribute to Carmen Miranda through my art and paintings.
Best regards,
Gabriela Marques da Costa


your missing Alys Robi (Alice Robitaille)


Here's the 62nd:

Paul Staats

This blog proves that the playing field (at least from a consumer based standpoint) is completely blown out of the water with the number of renditions of the tune.
I stumbled upon Bird's rendition ( I wonder if he ever thought, I'll wind up next to Desi Arnez?) trying to come up with with a tune to perform in solo class (a jazz performance major until I've found a composition school that fits me) this semester.
Thank you for the concise history.
My question is with cats like Bird, Miles... or perhaps Django Reinhardt's influence on any american musicians in the same circles playing the it approx. the same time it was licensed by disney. Are there any documented interest that provoked disney from a marketing standpoint? because they heard a Charlie Parker or Django Reinhardt rendition(whom is the only one i think you should have up and take down Liberace... I'm only have serious because that's what I mean by it levels the playing field.)
For me it's less about the arrangement and more the articulation (or approach to/or) of the melody.
Thank you for your musical obsessions. May your nearly endless pursuit of what unfortunately is only relevant knowledge for a)radio (nice decision), b) the late rock n roll jeopardy, c)generalized music nerds, d)music students
I second your Beefheart request under one condition; Frank produced/arranged it for Beefheart.


Grant green's version from "A latin bit" is a spicy canyon of velvet.
Sample it here friends:


Can anyone tell me which television programme had 'tico tico' as the theme tune or where it was highly featured in. I think it was probably in the 50's, 60's or 70's. Saw someone playing a violin version of this on morning television and it's now bugging me where it is from 'in my childhood memories'.


A very funny and interesting blog.
Congratulations for this wonderfull work.

Muito engraçado e interessante blog.
Felicitaçoes por esse belo trabalho.

(from Brasil)

John Schick

I have a Swedish recording on a 78rpm record (Sonora Swing label) which says that Tico-Tico is a Samba from "Fire and Water" (Z. Abreu). It is played on a Hammond Organ by the Willard Ringstrand ensemble. I re-recorded it in MP3.

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