Steve Bernard com Orquestra e Coro – Top Hit Party (1960)

Continental LPP 3108

Steve Bernard has been presented in this reality on two compilation albums of the Discoteque Dancante series, but although he has recorded at least 12 career albums, this is his first career album presented here.

A short text under one of these two compilations, written by our friend Frank-Oliver, reveals that Steve was born 1915 in Romania, lived in Vienna and finally emigrated to Brazil. It also raises a strong suspicion about his name, as, although the Romanian border is less than 100 km away from Belgrade, I have never met or heard about a Romanian with even a similar name.

Frank-Oliver pointed out the fact that on Steve Bernard‘s album Ritmo Espetacular an interesting lady with the name of Valéria is singing, an information that also moved Steve‘s discography into the focus of my interest (incredible, but there it is).

An additional enquiery shows that Valéria is singing on at least three of his albums, among them on this one presented today.

Now, finaly, after listening to Top Hit Party, I am able to say:

She is interesting indeed, Frank!

01. Like Young (André Previn)
02. Conversa da Madrugada (Nazareno de Brito / Ribamar) com Valéria
03. Carinho e Amor (Tito Madi)
04. Talk To Me (E. Snycer / S. Kahan / R. Valles) com Valéria
05. Eu Não Tenho Onde Morar (Dorival Caymmi) com Joab Teixeira
06. Marina (Rocco Granata)
07. O Samba É Bom Assim (Norival Reis / Hélio Nascimento)
08. Menina Moça (Luis Antônio) com Valéria
09. Small World (Jule Styne / Stephen Sondheim)
10. The Blob (M. David / Burt Bacharach)
11. Um Chorinho Pra Você (Severino Araújo)
12. That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer) com Joab Teixeira, Steve Bernard e Valéria

Besides Frank-Oliver‘s text, you may also read the linear notes on the back cover written by Silvio Tulio Cardoso.

OH, VALÉRIA…

Créditos: Pedro & 300discos

STEVE’S REAL NAME + A QUESTION by Bossanov:
According to great Dicionario Cravo Albin da MPB real name of Steve Bernard is Stephen Bernhardt.
Is this Valéria also singer on great G/9 LP “Brazil Now!” with Dom Salvador and Wilson das Neves?

5 thoughts on “Steve Bernard com Orquestra e Coro – Top Hit Party (1960)

  1. Hi, Milan!
    According to great Dicionario Cravo Albin da MPB real name of Steve Bernard is Stephen Bernhardt.
    I'm really want to know – is this Valéria also singer on great G/9 LP “Brazil Now!” with Dom Salvador and Wilson das Neves? Who knows?
    All the best Bossanov

  2. I wrongly assumed that Steve is a Romanian, but his real name sounds more like a German or Jewish name. The latter could also be a reason for his emmigration to Brazil…
    I tried to check on Memoria Musical to see who sings on Brazil Now, but looks like the site is down as I write. Let's hope that it is just a temporary error.

  3. I just found the cover and tracklisting of Brazil Now. Indeed, the vocalist is not only Valéria but also a Joab (Teixeira, probably), so that's too much of a coincidence, so I assume that it must be the same Valéria.
    Tried to download this album, but the sites force the instalation of “special” software to downlod or listen to the compositions, which is problematic…

  4. Hi, Milan!
    Sure, it may be the same girl.
    I have wery nice “Brazil now”, but can send it only a few days later
    Bossanov

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