Vicentina de Paula Oliveira (05/05/1917 - 31/08/1972) was born in Rio Claro, São Paulo State, to the family of the carpenter Mário Oliveira, who was also a saxophone and clarinet player on the group Oito Batutas, and since childhood she used to be with her faher in the parties, clubs and serenades the group showed. At the age of eight, when her father died, she and her three sisters were sent to an orphanage, the Colégio Tamandaré, where she learned to play piano, organ and sang in the choral. Three years later she quit her studies and went to São Paulo to live with her mother, who was a governess, and she started working as a baby sitter, house keeper and cook aprentice. Later she started working as a cook on the Hotel Metrópolis and do the cleaning on a dance school where, after work time, she used to sit at the piano and improvise and sing. One of the teachers heard her and she was invited to travel with the group of Antonio Zovetti until 1933 when Zovetti got sick and the group dismantled. She worked on a radio station in Minas Gerais but soon went to Rio de Janeiro and started working as a needlewoman in a plant whose owner, Milton Guita (Milonguita) was also one of the directors of Rádio Ipanema (later Rádio Mauá). From then on, she worked on several radio stations, theatres, not only singing, but also acting. In 1936 she met Herivelto Martins whom together with Nilo Chagas had the duo Preto e Branco. Joining the group, the trio started being called Trio de Ouro. In 1937 she married Herivelto to whom she bore two children: the singer Pery Ribeiro and Ubyratã. The trio worked on the Cassino da Urca with Grande Otelo and other great artists until its closing during the Getúlio Vargas government.
In 1943 she acted on the film Berlim Na Batucada and two years after on Caídos Do Céu. By this time she recorded with a certain frequency. In 1949, during a show in Venezuela with the Dercy Gonçalves Company, she left the trio and in 1951 started her solo career, recording the sambas "Tudo Acabado" (J. Piedade and Oswaldo Martins) and "Olhos Verdes" (Vicente Paiva), and also the samba-canção "Ave Maria" (Vicente Paiva and Jayme Redondo), being the last two, some of the greatest hits recorded by her. In 1952 she was elected "Queen Of The Radio" and toured through Argentina, where she met Tito Clemente, who became her artistic manager and later her husband. She also acted on the films Maria Da Praia and Milagre De Amor, and later, Tudo Azul. She went to Europe and in England recorded with Roberto Inglês.
She started living in Argentina, coming to Brazil, most specifically to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for short periods until 1963, when she divorced from Tito Clemente.
In 1970 she released the marcha-rancho "Bandeira Branca" (Max Nunes and Laércio Alves), that was a huge success in the Carnaval that year.
Dalva de Oliveira Canta Boleros
This record was originally released by Odeon with the title "O Encantamento Do Bolero" in 1962 and reissued in 1968 (this post) by Imperial with the present title.
01. Minha Oração (My Prayer) (Georges Boulanger/Jimmy Kennedy/Vers.: Cauby de Brito) • 2:58
02. Nem Deus, Nem Ninguém (Roberto Faissal) • 3:10
03. Tu Me Acostumaste (Tú Me Acostumbraste) (Frank Dominguez/Vers.: Carlos Brandão) • 2:38
04. E A Vida Continua (Evaldo Gouveia/Jair Amorim) • 3:00
05. Lembrança (Un Recuerdo)
(Chucho Navarro/Alfredo Gil/Martinez/Vers.: Serafim Costa Almeida) • 2:49
06. Sabor A Mim (Sabor A Mi) (Alvaro Carillo/Vers.: Nazareno de Brito) • 2:34
07. Sem Ti (Sin Ti) (Pepe Guizar/Vers.: Rodolfo Villa) • 2:50
08. Meu Último Fracasso (Mi Ultimo Fracaso) (Alfredo Gil/Vers.: Júlio Nagib) • 2:54
09. História De Um Amor (Historia De Un Amor) (Carlos Almarán/Vers.: Edson Borges) • 2:41
10. Ai De Quem (Getúlio Macedo) • 3:00
11. Loucura... Loucura (Locura... Locura) (Roberto Cantoral/M. Sucher/Vers.: Raul Carrel) • 2:58
12. A Barca (La Barca) (Roberto Cantoral/Vers.: Nely B. Pinto) • 2:48