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(Lorenzo Barcelata)

RCA 8216

No. 6    November 16, 1963




Surely one of the most unpredictable hits and strangest yarns to arrive in the land of rock’n’roll is this

tale of two Brazilian Indians named Natalicio and Antenor Lima.    These brothers, born the sons of a

Tabajaras Indian chieftain in the far-out jungles of Ceara, were said to have found a guitar laying about in

the wild.    The boys touched the strings and felt their bodies fill with a  mighty, mighty magic.


They trained themselves in the ways of this strange object, and traveled 1,200  miles to Rio de Janeiro

to play their tribal folk songs for patrons and alcohol drinkers.    A man calling himself an agent detected

their presence, sized up their potential, and shipped them to Mexico to become schooled in the ways of

Bach, Beethoven, and Latin American soul.    The Lima brothers, who speak five languages in addition to

their native Tupi,  gave concerts in South America and began to pick up a following.   RCA Records signed

these keepers of the guitars to a contract,  reasoning that the Lima brothers’ tunes would sell well in their

homeland.     To everyone’s surprise, someone at RCA ordered “Maria Elena,” a remake of the 1941 Jimmy

Dorsey hit, released in the U.S.


Most astonishing about this disk is neither the level of musicianship nor its melody, but the ability of two

dudes with no electric guitars, drums, bass, yells, overdubbing,  feedback, or echo chambers to secure a

stateside hit.


The current whereabouts of Los Indio Tabajaras are not known.