The first rock'and'roll song recorded in Brazil, was a Portuguese version
of Bill Haley's hit Rock Around The Clock. Issued in 1956, when Elvis Presley
and Little Richard were kings of the local radio, this song motivated many
teen-agers to play a musical instrument and create a rock band to emulate
the sounds that came from America.
Initially, many vocal rock groups were created in Rio and Súo Paulo. However,
very soon, they realised the difficulty in singing in English, a language very
different from the local Portuguese. Then, the most successful bands created
local translations (in Portuguese) which, most of the times, didn't express
the real meaning of the original song's lyrics. It was a disaster. The next
step: due to the difficulty of singing in English and translating the
original lyrics, the bands started to play rock instrumentals. The lyrics
problem was solved.
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