100th Anniversary of “Pelo Telefone”: Google Doodle

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100th-anniversary-of-pelo-telefoneGoogle Doodle is Celebrating 100th Anniversary of “Pelo Telefone” by posting a beautiful Google Logo on its homepage.

The first samba ever recorded, Pelo Telefone began dancing its way into Brazilian hearts 100 years ago today. With a name meaning “On the Telephone,” the upbeat number was an ode to new technologies, written by Ernesto dos Santos (better known as Donga) and Mauro de Almeida. Because it was first conceived at the home of Tia Ciata, where musicians often participated in rodas de samba, or group improvisations, many others tried to claim authorship of the tune. But it was Donga who registered the sheet music at the National Library of Brazil on November 27, 1916.

Soon after, the song was recorded by the Brazilian singer Baiano and released by Odeon Records. Up to that point, most people didn’t know what samba was. That all changed as Pelo Telefone’s popularity skyrocketed…

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